ROYAL FLUSH: At Saturday’s royal nuptials in Stockholm, Crown Princess Victoria’s ivory silk, off-the-shoulder dress was attributed to Swedish designer Par Engsheden. Still, a host of fashion brands trumpeted credits of their own. Roger Vivier, owned by Tod’s Diego Della Valle, provided custom-made shoes for the Princess and her mother, Queen Silvia. Among guests wearing Giorgio Armani Privé were Queen Rania of Jordan and Queen Paola of Belgium.


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DIFFERENT STROKES: Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang attended the Versace show on Saturday — although with his gelled-up, spiky hair, he could well pass for a rock star. Lang Lang, who played for President Barack Obama when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last year and opened Beijing’s Summer Olympics in 2008, said he’s recording the first classical piano 3D video. And he doesn’t mind the attention he gets one bit. “There’s great energy and it’s an encouragement to do more things for music,” he said.

ACE AWARDS RECIPIENTS: The 15th annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards will be handed out at a gala on Nov. 1 at Cipriani in New York. For brand collaboration, tennis star Maria Sharapova and Cole Haan will be honored, as will Rachel Rachel Roy for Macy’s for launch of the year. Al Berg, president and chief executive officer of Marchon, has been selected for the Business Visionary Award. Net-a-porter, Alber Elbaz and Henri Bendel will be honored as E-Tailer, Designer, and Retailer of the Year, respectively. Tiffany & Co. will receive the Hall of Fame Award, and Lauren Bush will be given the Humanitarian Award for her efforts with the FEED project. Kim Hastreiter of Paper Magazine is to receive the Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism, following her winning the Eugenia Sheppard Award earlier this year. “This year’s ACE Awards nominees represent some of the best and most influential brands and people in the accessories industry,” said Accessories Council President Karen Giberson. The honorees were selected by the Accessories Council Board of Directors.

AN EXPECTANT STELLA: Stella McCartney is pregnant with her fourth child, and the baby is due to arrive in the late fall, a spokesman for the designer has confirmed. McCartney and her husband, Alasdhair Willis, have three children, a son Miller, 5; a daughter Bailey, 3; and a second son Beckett, 2.

WALK THIS WAY: The official unveiling of The Fashion Center Sidewalk Catwalk, a public art installation of designer-made mannequins, is Thursday but starting this morning designers will be installing their creations. Jason Wu, Thom Browne, Rebecca Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, Carmen Marc Valvo, Betsey Johnson and Mark Badgley and James Mischka are among the 30 who have reimagined Ralph Pucci-made mannequins to help dress up the Garment District. Johnson’s version will feature fresh flowers and greenery that she intends to replace if needed. “I want to see if New Yorkers steal flowers — I hope not,” she said. “But I’ll be sending interns out there every day to replace them if they do.” Valvo took a more traditional route, adorning his mannequin with a one-shoulder, ruffled frock. “We tiled the entire mannequin for a touch of glamour then we manipulated jute and wire mesh into a floral inspired sculpture,” he said. Hilfiger cooked up a Pop Art-inspired one, by covering the figure in what looks like an American flag blowing in the wind. He is expected for Thursday’s kickoff in front of Macy’s flagship along with Macy’s Terry Lundgren, LF USA’s Rick Darling, The New York Times’ Arthur Sulzberger, the Fashion Center BID’s Barbara Randall and Fern Mallis.

THAT’S SHOE BIZ: John Galliano has inked a licensing deal with Gianvito Rossi’s production firm GGR, which will produce and distribute the designer’s footwear collection starting with the spring 2011 season. “We share the same vision of quality and I really admire his style and creativity,” said Rossi, who presents his own line today during Milan men’s week.

BOY OH BOY: Alex Watson, despite his new modeling gig fronting Burberry’s spring campaign with his sister Emma, said his focus was on his education. “I’m a student first. I’d like to go on to university,” he said Saturday at the Burberry show, where he was joined in the front row by actor Douglas Booth and singers Gwilym Gold, Samuel Fry, Rory Cottam, Matt Gilmour and Johnny Flynn. Booth, who portrays Boy George in BBC’s new drama “Worried About the Boy,” said he had to read up on the singer’s childhood and formative years to bridge a generation gap. “I wasn’t even born in the Eighties,” said Booth, born in 1992.


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