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WATERWORLD: Bernard Arnault has a new toy: a gleaming blue and white yacht christened Amadeus. The luxury goods titan’s vessel was spotted over the summer in Saint-Tropez and St. Jean Cap Ferrat, where paparazzi caught the likes of Tony Blair and Bono on board.

HER GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS: Chrissie Hynde does not want Diego Della Valle to admire her style. When the Pretenders’ lead singer found out Della Valle’s Hogan brand took inspiration from her in creating one of its limited edition Guitar bags, she lashed out. “I was shocked to learn that Hogan named a leather handbag in my honor,” she said in a letter to the Tod’s SpA chairman and chief executive, made available by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “I am going to urge every member of the public never to buy a Hogan bag — unless of course, you, like Stella McCartney, start making a line using only synthetic materials.” Hogan could not be reached for comment. No word on whether Bob Dylan or Lenny Kravitz were offended by the bags they inspired. Tod’s executives did not respond by press time.

GOING COACH?: Screeching buses may soon provide the soundtrack to the shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. While it looks like the tents will stay in Bryant Park for at least two more years, this week’s Crain’s cited sources suggesting a roof space at the Port Authority Bus Terminal as a potential site for future shows. A spokesman for IMG Fashion, which owns Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, declined comment, but should the transit venue be selected, could fashion show invites soon be made available at ticket booths?

PEDAL PUSHER: It wouldn’t be a Giorgio Armani fashion show without flashbulbs and some major star power. To wit: Cycling hero Lance Armstrong will be among the glitterati in the front row this Friday when the Italian fashion maestro sweeps into Dallas to stage his fall ready-to-wear show at the Neiman Marcus Crystal Charity luncheon, where Armani is guest of honor.

This story first appeared in the September 5, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

SWEET CHEEKS: Soon fashionistas will be able to enjoy Ladurée products without gaining an ounce. Come November, the famous Paris pastry brand will launch a Ladurée line of beauty products. Ladurée soaps, almond milk bath and facial rose water will be available in select department stores.

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