INSPIRATION FROM EVERYWHERE: A CFDA nomination brings many things — recognition, opportunities — but how about a little design inspiration? For her first-ever resort collection for Fallon, 2010 accessories nominee Dana Lorenz was inspired by the crystal, pearl and speaker-wire necklace she created for The CFDA Swarovski Award Collection. “I wanted to explore the clash of traditional jewelry ideas with something nontraditional, like speaker wire,” said Lorenz, who uses the same materials in the 25-style resort lineup. Beribboned earrings, which resemble tied cables, are wittily named Wire Management, while a more extravagant spike and crystal necklace is dubbed Speed of Light and tiny stud earrings are simply called Sound Bite. As for the more graphic and structured vibe in the collection, Lorenz noted: “I see resort as a good time to do something different. It’ll be a good way for me to take risks and give the customer something newer and fresher.”
CLOONEY IN COURT: George Clooney is expected to appear in court on July 16 in Milan in a trial against GC Exclusive, an Italian firm that two years ago claimed was launching the actor’s signature women’s and men’s fashion lines. Clooney is slated to testify against GC Exclusive, which is accused of fraud and forging the actor’s signature. The press will not be admitted in court, but, as the word about the trial spreads in Milan, it’s likely hordes of fans will camp outside the courthouse to try and catch a glimpse of the star.
EAGLE EYE: Since retiring from fashion design in 2005, Helmut Lang has shifted his focus from the human body to creating two- and three-dimensional nonfigurative artworks. One of his most dramatic pieces, “Three,” transformed the hulking, mahogany eagle statue that long dominated his store in New York’s SoHo into three distinct sculptures, which Lang coated with tar. Created in 2008, the works now have found a new retail home, as they were acquired by Sweden’s Acne brand on June 30, through the Sadie Coles HQ gallery in London. Acne will install the artwork at its new London store, which opens July 15 at 13 Dover Street in Mayfair. Lang himself, who is based in New York and Long Island, is working on new works for a group exhibition in Los Angeles this September and a solo exhibition slated for the MAK Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna late next year.
HIP TO BE SQUARE: Hermès, famed for its silk squares, has teamed up with designer Marc Berthier to launch a square watch dubbed Carré H. Generally considered a hard sell by the watch industry, square watches are a relative rarity. Creative director Pierre-Alexis Dumas said the case, made from lightweight titanium, had been softened thanks to the use of rounded angles, while the dial featured interlocking squares designed to draw the eye. “I know from experience, having worked for years on silk squares, that if you don’t create a dynamic within a square, it becomes boring quite quickly,” he explained. “These small nuances and details mean the object is not static.” The Carré H will be available in a limited edition of 173, which is the number of years since Hermès was founded in 1837.
MARIO’S MOMENT: “Where’s Mario? Where’s Kate? I’m here, and then I’m out,” said a rushed Manolo Blahnik as he entered the Phillips de Pury gallery in London for a show of Mario Testino’s photographs of Kate Moss. The dapper Blahnik arrived with a cane in hand and is still nursing some nasty injuries from a fall earlier this year. He joined guests including Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Sir Philip Green and Anita Pallenberg, who gathered to ooh and aah at a selection of photos that will appear in the book “Kate Moss” by Testino, to be published by Taschen later this month in Europe and next month in the U.S. It will feature a mix of previously unpublished photos of Moss and some of Testino’s most famous shots. Before heading off to a dinner at Mark’s Club that was hosted by McCartney and Elizabeth Saltzman, Testino reflected on Moss. “Her beauty — that’s just luck. She has other qualities, as well: She’s sophisticated and she’s got great taste,” he said. “And do you know how some people are snobby? Well, she’s not one of them. She’s very human.”
IN AND OUT: Stacey Pecor, owner of Olive & Bette’s, is wasting no time keeping the status quo. The day after she closes her Bleecker Street store on Aug. 10, she will open her third New York uptown location at 1249 Third Avenue. Olive & Bette’s moved onto Bleecker Street six years ago. With her current lease set to expire in 2012, the building’s owner, Beck Street Capital, offered to buy out Pecor’s lease, paving the way for a new 2,900-square-foot store opening on the Upper East Side. “The Upper East Side is home to a high female-to-male ratio, and it’s one of the most densely populated neighborhoods, so we like those numbers,” said Pecor. The Third Avenue boutique will feature pink-striped walls, pink floral curtains and zebra-patterned dressing rooms against natural wood floors and white-washed furniture. Pecor said she expects to do “well over $3,000 per square foot” in the new store, which joins her three other shops — one in SoHo, one on the Upper West Side and a recently expanded Madison Avenue outpost.
DOWN TO EARTH: “Nowhere is the connection between music and fashion as strong as in Berlin right now,” Frank Briegmann, president of Universal Music in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, declared at a party last week. Universal has opened a pop-up clothing store in Deutsche Bank’s Q110 event space for a trio of pop- and rock-inspired labels, including Psalm 23, a range of hip-hop attire produced in collaboration with German rapper Fler.
Danish pop singer Aura Dione, who has stormed the German pop charts, treated guests to a performance of her hit singles. Dione not only writes and performs her own songs, but she directs her own music videos and creates her own outfits, from vintage finds or together with close designer friends. Not to be tied down by sartorial convention, Dione is planning a showstopping outfit for her performance at this year’s Live Ball in Vienna: “The theme is ‘Earth,’ so I am having a dress made out of leaves and am going as a tree,” she said.
NEW LOOK: Tod’s continues to roll out its new store design with the inauguration on Thursday evening of its renovated Saint-Tropez boutique with a cocktail event. The new concept aims at delivering a welcoming, homelike atmosphere with special vintage furniture and unique decorative pieces, making each boutique distinctive. Tod’s has been renovating several of its flagships around the world, including the ones in Milan, London, Paris, Munich and Los Angeles.
A RAPPER BOOST: T-Pain has new collaborators in retailer Anchor Blue and apparel brand Swag Like Us. The Grammy Award-winning rapper is leading the “Can You Rock?” contest, running July 15 to Aug. 26, to select a promising singer or rapper from demo submissions on Anchor Blue’s Web site. T-Pain, who is expected to be featured in advertising associated with the contest, will record a song with the winner that he will write and produce. “This is a great opportunity for me to work with some up-and-coming talent, while giving someone a head start in the music business,” he said. In conjunction with the contest, Swag Like Us will introduce music-influenced apparel in Anchor Blue stores for the back-to-school season. Southern California-based Anchor Blue has 112 stores but is planning to add around 10 more this year, as well as e-commerce capabilities. T-Pain, whose 2008 album “Thr33 Ringz” went gold, is at work on his next album, called “RevolveR.”