FACE TIME: Matteo Marzotto is taking on a new role: model. The Italian entrepreneur reviving the Vionnet brand agreed to pose for the Swiss luxury brand Philip Watch, as the company is making a donation to the Foundation Marzotto, which was created to research cystic fibrosis. The ads will appear starting July 12.

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PICTURE THIS: Hogan’s Milan presentation on Monday was also an impromptu celebration of the late Dennis Hopper, whose photos were showcased alongside a collection of sneakers and nylon jackets. “Dennis helped me sign Damien Hirst and Ed Ruscha for a bag collaboration. The bags never ended up in production, but we still have the prototypes somewhere,” said Hogan’s Emanuele Della Valle, who met Hopper in Rome 15 years ago through Marin Hopper, a former fashion director for Elle magazine and daughter of Brooke Hayward, Hopper’s first wife. “When I was at Elle, I persuaded my father to shoot some fashion stories. He photographed Alexander McQueen’s collection in Florence with Lee himself styling,” recalled Hopper, who was at Hogan with her siblings Ruthanna and Henry. “The day I was born, my dad told my mom to get out of bed because she had to see some soup cans from a guy called Andy,” she continued, referring to her father’s collection of Andy Warhol’s work. “He had a great eye.” A Dennis Hopper retrospective, curated by Julian Schnabel, is slated to open July 11 at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art.

THE END: Hot on the heels of a similar exhibition at the Musée Maillol, a new show at the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris showcases artistic representations of the human skull. “Vanitas. Death, What Do You Want From Me?” features 60 works by artists ancient and modern, ranging from a 16th-century painting by Flemish painter Jan Sanders Van Hemessen to more recent images by controversial American photographers Andres Serrano and Joel-Peter Witkin. The exhibition, slated to open Wednesday and run to Sept. 19, opens mere weeks after the second anniversary of the legendary designer’s death. Though it features examples of memento mori from Pierre Bergé’s private collection, it marks the first time the foundation is showing mainly works borrowed from other institutions. In October, the venue will switch to lighter fare with a show of flower drawings by David Hockney made using the iPhone and iPad.

TURK’S TURN: Following in the footsteps of designers such as Narciso Rodriguez and Monique Lhuillier, Trina Turk has been named this season’s Mercedes-Benz Presents designer, with plans to show her spring swimwear collection July 15 in Miami at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Turk’s collection is inspired by Acapulco in the Sixties and Seventies, an era known for its glamorous getaways by Hollywood’s rich and famous as well as the international jet set.


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