WEAR WHITE: For an 88-year-old, Betty White has more street cred than people a quarter of her age. After appearing on “Saturday Night Live” with Jay-Z (and earning the TV show its best ratings in 18 months) and landing a new comedy series called “Hot in Cleveland,” White is launching her own line of T-shirts and hoodies that will hit stores in August. Through an exclusive licensing deal with Jerry Leigh Apparel, a Van Nuys, Calif.-based clothing manufacturer, White’s smiling face was recast as a striking black-and-white mug with her first name outlined in red. Targeting the digital generation, the hoodies feature washable earbuds and a jack to plug into iPods and MP3 players. Portions of sales for the $28 Ts and $48 hoodies will go to the Morris Animal Foundation, an animal health organization, for which White serves as a trustee.
ALWAYS CHIC — AND HIP: Catherine Deneuve clearly has eclectic taste in music. The French icon was spotted Tuesday shopping for CDs at Gibert Joseph in Paris in a navy T-shirt, trousers and high heels. In her basket: Eminem.
UGGS NEW HOME: Ugg, the Australian shoe and accessories brand, has inked a deal for a Madison Avenue flagship. The brand has taken 2,600 square feet at 600 Madison Avenue, on 58th Street, according to Stephanie Snyder of Crown Acquisitions, the sales representative for the building. The store is slated to open in November. Ugg did not take the entire corner spot, she said, noting there is still another 6,900 square feet of retail space available on the ground floor of the building and nearly 3,000 on the lower level. Synder said Tiffany, the building’s largest office tenant, is leaving, freeing up space on the second through 10th floors, providing further opportunity for a global company seeking a foothold in New York.
HEADING EAST: The Armani Group has set its sights on Vietnam and Mongolia by opening its first Emporio Armani stores there. Located in Ho Chi Minh City and Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, both flagships measure about 2,300 square feet and are stocked with the complete Emporio Armani collections, including men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and jewelry. In addition, the Vietnamese outpost features a two-floor Emporio Armani Caffé, the first in Asia-Pacific.
PROJECT B.A.: Having just helped design Nuela, a new Manhattan restaurant, Angel Sanchez is already on to his next excursion. He jets off to Buenes Aires Friday for a month of filming for “Project Runway Latin America.” The designer, who declined comment Tuesday, is said to be lined up as a judge for the show, which makes its debut in September.
T-ING UP: After edgy shoes, Kartell is now dabbling with printed T-shirts. The new undertaking is called Design Speaking and features six of its most iconic furniture pieces, including the gnome, Ron Arad’s Bookworm bookcase and the Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck, splattered on white Ts in cartoon style. The $32 T-shirts packed in black plastic envelopes will be available in Kartell’s 120 flagships worldwide and in select sales points as early as next week.
BODY OF WORK: The latest exhibition at photographer Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio shop and gallery space in London’s Mayfair takes an unflinching look at the body and its role in fashion and art. The show, called “Inside/Out,” takes the body and the idea of “abject beauty” as its starting point. Some of the pieces on show include a film of Lady Gaga devouring an animal heart shot by Knight and Ruth Hogben, a white dress by designer Marko Mitanovski which was worn by Gaga — on which the artist Puking Millie has vomited green-tinted milk — and a Marilyn Minter film showing a model’s tongue licking sweets and cake mixture. “The body is something that captivates the art and fashion world alike,” said Carrie Scott, director of the SHOWstudio Shop. “We wanted people to look at different conventions of beauty…we’re not just saying the girl in the magazine is beautiful — there’s more to it than that.” The show runs through Aug. 14. After that, Scott said the gallery’s next show in September would look at dolls, with pieces by Viktor & Rolf and a collaboration between designer Peter Jensen and artist Laurie Simmons. “Dolls have fascinated people for ever and ever….It’s going to be like an army of dolls in here,” said Scott.