LET THE FIGHTS BEGIN: After 56 years as a female-dominated organization, the 3,800-member Cosmetic Executive Women has decided to admit men. CEW president Carlotta Jacobson said, “the men in the beauty industry have played an integral part in CEW’s growth by demonstrating support through their participation, attendance and sponsorship of our events and programs. It’s time to recognize their contributions and to encourage enhanced participation by them.” She said the mission of the organization — advancing careers of women in the cosmetics industry — and the name will not change, although the rule change could increase membership by 20 to 30 percent.
KORS HONORED AGAIN: The accolades just keep coming for Michael Kors. Barely over a week after receiving the CFDA’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award and being inducted into the Fragrance Foundation’s hall of fame, the designer was honored Wednesday by the Cancer Research Institute for his commitment to promoting awareness and raising funds for breast cancer. Friends and associates including Ron Frasch, Marjorie Gubelmann, the Gregorys, and event co-chair John Idol gathered at the Mandarin Oriental for dinner and the ceremony, during which Joan Allen, clad in a black-and-white gown by the designer, presented Kors with the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research.
TOASTING HENRY: June also is shaping up to be one extended celebration for Henry Segerstrom. Wednesday night the South Coast Plaza developer was the guest of honor at a Louis Vuitton-hosted private dinner at the luxury label’s boutique there. The festivities marked Segerstrom’s receiving the 2010 Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence last week from Macy’s Terry Lundgren and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
At Wednesday’s seated dinner, Segerstrom, his wife Elizabeth and the rest of the crowd were serenaded by French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and dined on French fare prepared by Los Angeles-based chef Ludo Lefebvre. On Thursday, Segerstrom, founding chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, described the evening as “delightful.” He also said his first South Coast Plaza-related initiative started in December of 1962 and the center opened in 1967. This year’s sales should be close to $1.5 billion with the plaza’s luxury stores coming on strong. Segerstrom said, “People have decided they want to enjoy life again. Luxury stores are leading the way.”
ALL FOR PRADA: The Prada Book, launched in November, has taken on the lead role in a three-day event starting today at the Garage Shop bookstore in Moscow. The modernist space, which normally houses a vast collection of international publications on art and culture, has been emptied out and transformed into an antique library completely dedicated to the 708-page Prada tome. The show is part of a larger project, a traveling exhibition on performance art, called “100 Years of Performance,” which also features Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli — a longtime friend of Miuccia Prada and her husband, Patrizio Bertelli. The book covers the partnership between the couple and the history of the brand.
CROCODILE ROCK: Look who’s muscling in on couture week: Christophe Lemaire. The future women’s ready-to-wear designer at Hermès, and still creative director at Lacoste, has booked a show off-calendar on July 6 right before Giorgio Armani Privé. Lemaire plans to show his signature women’s and men’s spring 2011 collections, his first runway outing since 2003.
PINK AND GRAY: The men’s shows in Paris, while less harried than the women’s shows and during off-peak weeks, are poised for some snarls. French trade unions plan to protest over the lifting of the retirement age on Thursday, the first day of the shows, and are organizing a big demonstration that will start from Place de la République and end at Place de la Nation, via Bastille. “It may be a mess, but we won’t change the day or time of the show,” said a spokeswoman at the house of Jean Paul Gaultier, who is scheduled for 5 p.m. Also, on June 26 is the annual Paris Gay Pride parade, which draws thousands of people to the streets.
THIS JUST INN: After selling off his 12,000-square-foot Paris apartment and most of his art collection, retired designer Kenzo Takada is moving on to new horizons. On Wednesday, as a crowd of 500 turned out to see an exhibition of his self-portraits inspired by Japanese Nô, Takada revealed he’s finishing up the design of a new Accor hotel due to open by the end of the year in Mauritius. “It is very contemporary,” he said.
FERRAGAMO IN CHINA: Celebrities from across the Asian region, including supermodel Du Juan, gathered last Friday to witness the Asian debut of Salvatore Ferragamo’s fall collection and catch a glimpse of the exclusive worldwide preview of the pre-spring 2011 collection at the Bank of China Tower. The show was staged to coincide with the iconic building’s 20th anniversary and attracted more than 700 guests. Creative director Massimiliano Giometti and vice president Fulvia Visconti Ferragamo were at the event, which included a charity dinner to benefit The Community Chest of Hong Kong. Sales of a special mini collection by Ferragamo, which will bear the Bank of China logo, will also profit the charity.
NEWGEN’S NEW PICKS: Twenty-one London-based designers have been awarded sponsorship by the British Fashion Council’s NewGen scheme, the BFC said. The scheme, supported by Topshop, will sponsor designers’ shows and presentations during London Fashion Week, which runs from Sept. 17 to 22. Those who received runway sponsorship are Peter Pilotto, Michael Van Der Ham, Mary Katrantzou, Holly Fulton, and David Koma. The 21 winners were chosen from more than 400 applicants.
SCULPTURAL TAILORING: Carlo Brandelli will take part in men’s fashion week in Paris, but don’t expect a new tailored clothing range. The designer, who formerly spearheaded Savile Row house Kilgour’s renaissance, will unveil his first sculptural works at the RCM Gallery in Paris at 32 rue de Lille on Thursday.
ON THE MOVE: Burberry is rewarding its communicators: The company said this week that Justin Cooke has been promoted to vice president of public relations, a new position. He will be directing all p.r. strategy and initiatives for Burberry globally. Cooke was most recently director of public relations, Europe. Meanwhile, Fred Uribe has been named vice president of marketing, directing all marketing strategy and initiatives for Burberry globally. Until now, Uribe had been director of Burberry’s strategic marketing. Both will continue to report to Sarah Manley, senior vice president, who oversees all marketing and communications globally.
FOLLOW THOSE PRINTS: Earlier this year, print-lovers Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke ventured into Uzbekistan and toured the wine valleys of California for two collaborations, and the results hit London’s Design Museum and The Shop at Bluebird this week. At London’s Design Museum, a small collection of Basso & Brooke’s creations are on display as part of the British Council’s New Silk Road initiative. In a bid to foster relationships between weavers and textile designers in the U.K. and Central and Southern Asia, the London-based duo spent 10 days in Uzbekistan learning from local practitioners and absorbing the culture. Their simple fitted tunic dresses — on show through Aug. 24 — are covered with prints of sand dunes, knitted fabric and geometric patterns in a palette of royal blue, army green, burgundy and rust.
Following their California jaunt, the duo created two interior prints for the American wine producer Turning Leaf as part of its designers-in-residence program. The prints appear on items including cushions, drinking cabinets and upholstered gondola chairs.