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DOVER STREET’S NEW LOOK: London’s Dover Street Market has some new residents for fall. On Monday, Rei Kawakubo’s Mayfair retail emporium unveiled its twice-yearly change around of the concessions and spaces in the store, which it calls tachiagari, the Japanese word for “beginning.” Among the new spaces is an Yves Saint Laurent area designed by Stefano Pilati, which marks the first time the YSL mainline collection has been sold in the store. The space, which features gray velvety carpets contrasted with minimalist black and white units, also carries a bag that’s exclusive to Dover Street Market. The handbag, called Borsa Muse Two, is made from army surplus-style fabric and retails for 1,380 pounds, or $2,100 at current exchange. Meanwhile, a new shoe and bag space has opened on the store’s third floor. The area, created by set designer Andy Hillman, is designed to look like a charred ballroom, with luxe shoes and bags by Fendi, Maloles and Delvaux placed on burned wooden pianos or in distressed glass cabinets that stand on burned parquet floors.


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MARRAKECH EXPRESS: Long before Jean Paul Gaultier’s catwalk homage to Morocco during men’s fashion week, Yves Saint Laurent was introducing djellabas and tarboosh hats into women’s wardrobes. The late couturier’s Moroccan-style creations will go on show for the first time in the city that inspired them, when the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation stages a retrospective at the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech later this year. “Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco” will present 44 creations by Saint Laurent, who first visited Morocco in 1966 and bought the garden and adjoining villa with his partner, Pierre Bergé, in 1980. They will include his famous Saharienne, as well as capes embroidered with bougainvilleas inspired by the lush local vegetation. The exhibition is scheduled to run from Nov. 27 to March 18.

BLING RING: Gilt Groupe customers will have the chance to add some sparkle to their wardrobes starting at noon Wednesday, when the flash sale site puts the CFDA Swarovski Award Collection up for grabs. The line, created in conjunction with last month’s CFDA Awards, consists of one-of-a-kind, crystal-embellished creations from each of the eight designers who were nominated in a Swarovski Award category: Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Simon Spurr, Jason Wu, Richard Chai, Eddie Borgo, Alexander Wang and Dana Lorenz. Offerings from the collection are diverse — there’s everything from a beaded duffel bag from Wang to a bejeweled blazer by Altuzarra — and range in price from $1,090 for a Lorenz necklace to $10,000 for a Gurung party frock. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the CFDA Foundation’s Educational Initiatives, a fund that supports budding design talent at the high school, collegiate and postgraduate levels.

HELPING OUT: With more than 3,000 participants, the Nautica New York City Triathlon is one of the largest in the country. And a number of charities benefited from the event, which sold out in less than six minutes. Among them were the American Cancer Society, the Lupus Foundation, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Team in Training and Tuesday’s Children. All told, the race raised more than $2 million. This is the fifth year Nautica has been the title sponsor of the race, which was won by Filip Ospaly of the Czech Republic in a time of 1:46:28.

MUSICALLY INCLINED: Model Irina Lazareanu is heading back to the recording studio in New York, where she will finish up a project started with Sean Lennon nearly three years ago. Two new singles, “Tennessee” and “Strange Places,” are due out by September, by which time the rest of her latest album also should be wrapped. Her clothing line, Rini by Irina, is also set to launch in Japan the same month.

‘RAWTHER’ BETSEY: Betsey Johnson’s affinity for pink is paying off at The Plaza Hotel’s new Eloise suite. Inspired by the children’s book character created by Kay Thompson, the room’s design will be unveiled at a July 29 tea at the Fifth Avenue hotel. This partnership marks the designer’s first collaboration with a hotel, and the suite’s interior is geared for children and adults.


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