TAKE FIVE: Kuwait retailer Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah enlisted 25 artists and industrial designers to interpret the iconic Chanel No.5 bottle for an exhibition at his new gallery, Al Sabah Art & Design. He said almost 90 percent of the works sold in the first few hours, suggesting people are “starving for fun, new and creative artistic ideas.” Works, priced from about $300 to $500 by the likes of Haluk Akakçe, Maarten Baas and Tom Dixon, are on display through next Monday. While one depicts a sailing ship inside the iconic bottle, most contain the actual perfume and therefore are functional, too.

ART HOUSE: Chanel, once again the sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Artist Awards Program, is getting its very own art preview this year. As part of the program, 10 New York artists donate works to the festival’s winning filmmakers, and, for the first time, the paintings, prints and collages will be exhibited at Chanel’s SoHo boutique at 139 Spring Street from Thursday through April 29. The house’s iconic tweed suits and quilted leather handbags are in for some heavy competition. This year, the roster of artists includes Clifford Ross, Mickalene Thomas, Stephen Hannock, Robert Mangold, David Salle, Hank Willis Thomas, Fritz Chestnut, Tom Slaughter, Kalup Linzy and SunTek Chung.

This story first appeared in the April 15, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.


LINDSAY LOHAN’S LAST LAUGH: While millions of viewers giggled at Lindsay Lohan’s mock eHarmony singles video posted Monday on FunnyOrDie.com, they may not have realized the scrutinized starlet was having a laugh at their expense. The 91-second snippet — in which the tabloid bait professes “the perfect mate loves long walks on the beach, car chases on the PCH, antiquing and, er, passing out in Cadillac Escalades” — is actually a commercial for her leggings and hosiery line, 6126, and self-tanner, Sevin Nyne. After all, Lohan combines the number-based names of the brands for her fictitious member ID for the matchmaking service. She also spritzes a can of the tanning mist on her already bronzed face in the video.

“There’s been a lot of really over-the-top rumors in the last week,” said Kristi Kaylor, Lohan’s partner in 6126 and Sevin Nyne. “Instead of responding to the media, we were, like, ‘We have to laugh at it.’”

And so Lohan’s camp contacted FunnyOrDie, the comedy Web site co-founded by actor Will Ferrell, last Thursday. On the following day, Lohan co-wrote the script, and filming took place on Saturday. More than 1,077,600 views were counted in the first 24 hours since the video was posted on Monday. This isn’t the first time Lohan is giving her own twist to guerrilla marketing.

To distinguish herself from the myriad of Twitter users purporting to be her on the microblogging service, she devised her user ID by blending the names of her fashion labels. As the Internet-savvy Lohan reminds people in her singles ad, “I never lose my Google hits — just my underwear.”


RHODES FOR M&S: Celia Birtwell worked her famed fabrics into a collection for Topshop in 2006, and now her fellow print designer Zandra Rhodes has teamed up with Marks & Spencer. The fuchsia-haired designer will launch a line of women’s wear, accessories, holiday wear and lingerie, called Zandra Rhodes exclusively for Marks & Spencer, which hits selected stores and the retailer’s e-commerce site May 7. Pieces in the collection include a snakeskin print cut out swimsuit, an off-the-shoulder silk dress in a purple and blue paisley print and a jersey jumpsuit in a black-and-white rose print. Prices range from 6 pounds, or $8.80 at current exchange, for silk chiffon knickers through to 89 pounds, or $130, for a silk dress. “Marks & Spencer do a wonderful product range and I’d always wanted to design for them,” said Rhodes.


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