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NEW SUPERSTAR: The Fashion Group International is crowning Nicolas Ghesquière its newest Superstar. The Balenciaga designer will be this year’s recipient of the Superstar Award at FGI’s Night of Stars on Oct. 28 at Cipriani 55 Wall Street. This year’s theme will be “The Globalists,” and Ghesquière will be one of several yet-to-be-disclosed honorees at the 27th annual gala.

“Nicolas Ghesquière defines the word ‘superstar,’” said FGI president Margaret Hayes. “Said to be one of the most intriguing and original designers of his generation, he has reinvented the House of Balenciaga and endowed its legacy with a cool, modern edge.” As in previous years, Simon Doonan will host and Ruben Toledo will create the artwork for the awards. Lord & Taylor is the event’s lead sponsor, with other participating sponsors Arcade Marketing, Bebe, Givaudan and InStyle.

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EYEING THE DOOR?: Speculation is building in Paris that Véronique Gautier, president of Jean Paul Gaultier, is about to exit the French fashion house. A spokeswoman for the Gaultier company declined to comment. Gautier, who had been chairman of Hermès Parfums’ supervisory board and managing director of leather goods at Hermès International, joined the couturier in 2008. Hermès owns 45 percent of Gaultier.

CALTER’S COLLABORATIONS: Los Angeles designer Corey Lynn Calter is starting a trio of collaborations for her namesake contemporary line. First on the agenda is a dress to be sold at Target in August. Then she’s designing another frock for her spring collection with actress Krysten Ritter, star of Amy Heckerling’s new comedy, “Vamps,” also featuring Sigourney Weaver and Alicia Silverstone. In January, Calter will introduce a bridal line, which will be launched at Anthropologie before being rolled out to other retailers.

CITY SLICKER: Ruben Toledo is getting the boxed-set treatment chez Louis Vuitton. The illustrator’s work has enlivened Vuitton’s City Guides since 1998 and the boxed set reunites 100 of them in postcard form and in fluorescent colors. The retrospective covers 100 cities, for which Toledo aims to depict its “special and eternal essence.” The box set is priced at 85 euros, or about $109 at current exchange, from Oct. 15 at Vuitton boutiques.

WITH HONORS: The new Marc Jacobs Collection flagship building on Tokyo’s Omotesando-dori in Aoyama isn’t expected to open at least until November, but it’s already getting top accolades by the architectural community. The American Institute of Architects just bestowed Stephen Jaklitsch Architects, which designed the three-story, 2,800-square-foot building, with an Award of Excellence for it. Jaklitsch is Jacobs’ go-to architect for stores around the world, but this is the first time he has created a store from the ground up.

BUSY IN BEIRUT: After New York, Shanghai and Panama, Versace Home is expanding its luxury interior design business in Beirut, Lebanon. The Italian fashion firm will furnish common areas of a new residential building, Damac Tower, including its fitness club and spa, the concierge reception and the main lobby. The 30-story edifice will be completed in 2013, located in the city’s New Marina area and erected by Dubai-based real estate developer Damac Properties.

FLOWER POWER: The rose the late Alexander McQueen had selected to commemorate the life of Isabella Blow was unveiled at the annual Hampton Court Flower Show in London. “Alexander’s Issie,” a coral peach floribunda rose cultivated in northern Ireland, was presented to her sister, Julia Delves Broughton. “Isabella was passionate and totally dedicated to fashion, but only her closest friends knew of her love of gardens and, in particular, roses,” said Delves Broughton. “Their unique color and beauty — combined with their thorny nature — greatly appealed to her and to her distinctive eye.” The plant is available through C&K Jones International Rose Specialist as a bare root, which retails at 10 pounds, or $15.11.

FUNNY MONEY: While most brands are content to open corners in department stores, Diesel has more or less moved into KaDeWe in Berlin. The Italian brand built a rambling 5,000-square-foot Diesel dwelling, complete with a car parked atop an Astroturf lawn in the main-floor atrium. Almost everything in the Diesel apartment — including a pink TV in the living room, tables, chairs, Diesel Farm olive oil, even the kitchen sink — is for sale, along with jeans packed in various crannies. “It’s all about being stupid,” said Thorsten Link, Diesel country manager for Germany. “That’s been our campaign for the last six months and it’s going on. We even have stupid money — when people get change, there are coins that say, ‘Use me for something stupid.’” He continued, “At a time when everything is going digital, we’re being analog. And what’s more analog than inviting people to your home?”


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