GREEN RABBIT: Limited Edition New York is diversifying beyond its environmental slogan T-shirts, totes and jogging outfits. For its fourth fashion icons collection, Angela Lindvall, Teresa Missoni and Irina Lazareanu have designed T-shirts for free, and are joined by an unlikely ambassador for the green movement — an electronic rabbit. LENY has partnered with best-selling Wi-Fi rabbit Nabaztag, which gives out information such as the weather or stock market movements. The special-breed LENY rabbit, of which 500 exist, will tell you one green thing to do daily, like forgo the air-conditioning. “It’s going to be a wake-up call,” said founder Mariel Gamboa, who started the Tranoï boutique trade show in Paris before creating LENY. LENY also has dipped into denim with a pair of organic, handwoven jeans made with U.K. premium denim label Sharkah Chakra. Hard-hitting messages on the 140 euro, or $180 at current exchange, Ts, which go on sale next month, include Australian stylist Brana Wolf’s “You’ve been warmed.” Proceeds go to Al Gore’s Climate Project, for which LENY hopes to raise 200,000 euros, or $258,000, this year.
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FASHIONABLE HONORS: Queen Elizabeth II hands out her own version of Christmas presents each New Year’s in her annual Honors List, and once again a few members of Britain’s fashion industry get to add some honorary initials after their names. Among those tapped this time round are Anya Hindmarch and Nicky Kinnaird of Space NK, who were made Members of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE, while Hilary Riva, chief executive officer of the British Fashion Council, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE — one rank above an MBE — as was Gail Sackloff, the former London-based merchandise director of Saks Fifth Avenue in Britain. Interior designer Kelly Hoppen was awarded an MBE for services to interior design, while actor Michael Sheen — who played David Frost in the film version of Peter Morgan’s “Frost/Nixon,” and Tony Blair in “The Queen,” — was given an OBE.
NO GO: Artemis, François Pinault’s investment holding company, is not looking to go on a selling spree. In response to rumors circulating in the British press that the firm is shopping around its tony Château Latour vineyard, as well as the Christie’s international auction house, an Artemis spokeswoman stated Tuesday that they are “totally unfounded and formally denied Artemis is involved in a process of transferring Château Latour or any of its strategic assets.”