PEDAL PUSHER: Just in time for spring, Kate Spade has come up with a signature bicycle through a partnership with the TriBeCa bike shop Adeline Adeline. Handcrafted in Italy by Abici, the bright green limited edition will retail for $1,100 in Kate Spade stores and at Adeline Adeline. To help keep cyclists stylish, Kate Spade New York has made two bags bike friendly. The Essex Scout Satchel has two clips on the straps to hook it on handlebars and the Bay Street Quinn tote has two clips on the bottom to attach it to a bike rack.
JUST PEACHY: Rachel Roy has gotten the nod to serve as honorary chair for SCAD Atlanta’s Seen Gala. The May 24 event will be a swan song of sorts for the designer, who as a Style Lab Mentor has been busy helping the Georgia-based students define their collections. All their hard work will be displayed in atelier at the annual fund-raiser on the school’s campus.
THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE: This spring, London’s Victoria & Albert museum is turning its attention to the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century, when figures including William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Oscar Wilde occupied themselves with pursuing what James McNeill Whistler called “art for art’s sake.” The major exhibition, called “The Cult of Beauty,” opened Saturday and spans portraiture, fashion, jewelry, interior design, decorative arts, sculpture and photography. Among the most striking images are a group of romantic paintings that illustrate the movement’s new ideal of female beauty. They include “Choosing,” George Frederick Watts’ painting of his titian-haired young wife Ellen Terry against a backdrop of pink camellias, and “Bocca Baciata,” Rossetti’s image of another pale-skinned female sitter with flowing red locks.
The show also highlights the impact of Japanese, Roman and Greek artifacts — such as the Elgin Marbles — being shown in Europe and follows the movement through its more decadent phase, displaying Aubrey Beardsley’s subversive pen and ink drawings and the satirical Punch magazine’s cartoons lampooning Oscar Wilde-type aesthetes. Still, Sir Mark Jones, director of the V&A, argues that: “Art as important for its own sake, beauty to be valued for itself alone – the ideas proposed by the aesthetic movement are current again today.”
The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, runs through to July 17 at the V&A, then will travel to the Musee D’Orsay in Paris in September, and will open in the de Young Museum in San Francisco in February 2012.
DOWN THE AISLE: Canadian singer Michael Steven Bublé chose to wear a black tuxedo from the DSquared2 Classic Collection for the religious wedding ceremony with the Argentinean model Luisana Lopilato, that was due to take place Saturday in Buenos Aires. For the occasion, Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten, who dressed Bublè in many occasions starting from the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010, customized the inside of the jacket sewing a secret best wishes message for the couple.
CLASSIC REVIVAL: The official poster for this year’s Cannes film festival is an elegant black-and-white shot of Faye Dunaway taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970. Schatzberg, previously a photographer best known for shooting the cover of Bob Dylan’s album “Blonde on Blonde,” made his film debut that year with “Puzzle of a Downfall Child.” It features Dunaway, his former girlfriend, as an ex-model who suffers a nervous breakdown. The rarely seen movie has been restored by Universal Pictures and will be screened in Cannes in the presence of the director and his star. Schatzberg went on to make films including “The Panic in Needle Park,” starring Al Pacino, and shared the top Palme d’Or prize at Cannes in 1973 for “Scarecrow.”
CRYSTAL PERSUASION: Baccarat has named Markus Lampe, 43, its new chief executive officer, effective May 16. Lampe, an Austrian national, spent his entire career at Swarovski which he joined in 1987, and where he was named senior vice president in charge of global marketing in 2006. His nomination was announced the same day Baccarat announced a 10.4 percent increase in 2010 revenues. Lampe succeeds Hervé Martin, who is exiting the company after four years. Owned by private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, Baccarat is primarily known for its stemware and chandeliers. Jewelry, launched in 1992, generates around 17 percent of the brand’s sales.
IN A SWIRL: The otherworldly pavilion Zara Hadid designed for Chanel has already been assembled at the foot of the Arab World Institute in Paris and is slated to open April 28 showcasing a selection of the Iraq-born, London-based architect’s creations. Hadid’s splashy Mobile Art container was inaugurated in Hong Kong in 2008, only to be sidelined nine months later as the world financial crisis bit. Last year, Chanel donated the structure to the Institute, which plans to use it to exhibit contemporary Arab artists. “Zara Hadid: Architecture” runs until Oct. 30.