HAIRY CONCERNS: Despite a relatively trouble-free past as far as animal rights organizations are concerned, Giorgio Armani’s decision to dress bullfighter Cayetano Rivera Ordóñez for the September corrida in Malaga wasn’t welcomed by the 100% Animalisti organization. So early Friday morning, they plastered the Emporio Armani megastore on Via Manzoni in Milan with angry slogans, claiming Armani was hypocritical in light of the fact that he had recently participated in an ad campaign against the abandoning of animals, in which he stated his great love for four-legged creatures.
ANDY AND DIANE: Decades after Diane von Furstenberg posed for Andy Warhol’s famed portraits — and participated in the downtown scene with the artist at Studio 54 — the designer is collaborating with the late Pop icon once again, this time teaming up with The Andy Warhol Foundation to create a resort 2008 and pre-spring 2009 collection of swimwear and cover-ups featuring Warhol’s prints. “Andy’s Pop colors and iconic images feel glamorous and right for beach,” said von Furstenberg, who noted that the artist served as a major inspiration during her early years as a designer. Warhol, who twice put the designer on the cover of Interview, worked with bright hues and big-leaf flowers, which von Furstenberg has splashed on caftans, bikinis and one-piece suits. “Andy and I were contemporaries,” von Furstenberg explained, “so it feels right.”
JEWELRY NIGHT: Finding the right baubles to match your frock is easy if you are a jewelry designer — you can just make your own, as Lisa Salzner did the morning of her party on Wednesday evening. Salzner was celebrating the move of her jewelry line, Lulu Frost, from her apartment into a proper studio on Lafayette Street. She also whipped up a multistrand necklace with jeweled bees to match the Roberto Cavalli dress of her hostess, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann. “I almost broke it because I couldn’t find the clasp,” admitted Rossellini Wiedemann. “But luckily, Lisa was here to save me.”
Also listening to the live Cuban band and comparing baby bumps were expectant mums Kathryn Neale and Alexis Bryan Morgan, another co-host of the evening.
FRESH OFF THE STREET: Freshpair.com is taking its annual underwear expose off the streets this year to stage a cocktail party and fashion show on Tuesday, which will be hosted by model Lydia Hearst at Espace. Special guest for the soiree will be that underwear model Tyson Beckford. The online undies site has hosted zany underwear events in New York’s Times Square and other public areas for the past five years, where it has staged outdoor fashion shows and provided changing cubicles for pedestrians to try on a new pair of undies. Apparently, the online company feels it can take its tighty-whitey events behind closed doors.
DEVISING A NEW BAGUETTE: Fendi’s most famous handbag is getting a high-tech makeover in Asia, thanks to the “Design Your Dream Baguette” competition. More than 20,000 designers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand entered the contest, submitting computer-generated sketches of their fresh takes on the iconic bag celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. An exhibition at Hong Kong’s Harbour City, running Friday to Aug. 11, will display the work of the 50 finalists. The top five winners — selected by Silvia Venturini Fendi herself — will be revealed on the last day of the show. For their prize, the lucky five get to visit Fendi’s headquarters in Rome and Milan and attend the house’s spring runway show during Milan Fashion Week. The Hong Kong exhibit, entitled “FENDI 10+ Exhibition — Asia Finale,” also will feature a silent auction of more than 30 Baguettes designed by artists and celebrities from around Asia. The proceeds will help fund the contest winners’ trip to Italy.