EIGHTIES REDUX?: His fashion house may be slated to close, but a Thierry Mugler revival might be at hand. Paris’ museum of fashion and textiles hopes to organize a major Mugler exhibition by 2005, according to curator Olivier Saillard. “There’s renewed interest in his work,” he said. “You can see his influence in designers like Alexander McQueen and Jeremy Scott.” As reported, Groupe Clarins, owner of Mugler, has proposed to shut the money-losing fashion house, while maintaining its successful perfumes.
MESSING AROUND: Is the star of “Will & Grace” plotting a career change? “I think when I quit acting, I’m going to go to FIT so I can actually talk about fashion in an educated way,” said Debra Messing at Thursday night’s Audemars Piguet benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
NIFTY FIFTY: Chloé, on a roll and undergoing yet another youthquake under hip designer Phoebe Philo, is throwing itself a 50th birthday party March 6 during Paris Fashion Week. Details, including the location, have not yet been nailed down, but word has it co-founder Gaby Aghion, the original Chloé woman, is on board for the celebrations, as is Philo.
TOUCHDOWN: Wondering what to wear for Super Bowl XXXVII on Jan. 26? Designer Marc Bouwer has been enlisted by Shania Twain to come up with her halftime performance wardrobe, but grass stains and shoulder pads are not on the menu. “That would be a cliché,” said Bouwer, who’s headed to San Diego to catch the action. “We’re working on an outfit now that will probably be a black patent leather-look coat with something multicolored underneath.” Twain is expected to sing her new single, “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!” along with her previous chart-topping hit, “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.”
ACCESSORIZING MEN: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are putting their best foot forward. The Italian designers are set to open their first women’s accessories boutique in Milan’s Via della Spiga. The store will carry Dolce & Gabbana’s growing footwear and bag collections and Gabbana said they plan to open it as soon as possible — hopefully in time for the women’s collections in March. The space had housed Dolce & Gabbana’s signature men’s line, which recently moved to much more spacious digs in Corso Venezia.
WORKING GIRL: Guess who’s covering the couture for Tatler later this month in Paris? A client. Coltish clothes horse Daphne Guinness — scion of the wealthy English clan, grand niece of Nancy Mitford and ex-wife of Greek shipping heir Spyros Niarchos — will style the magazine’s couture coverage, to be shot by photographer David LaChapelle.
It’s not only Guinness’ first assignment as a fashion editor for Tatler — it’s her first job. “She edits every day on herself,” reasons Tatler’s fashion director, Isabella Blow, who recruited Guinness — who favors Chanel and Valentino couture — as a contributing editor. “Of course she can do it. It’s in her blood. She was born with glamour.”
The concept for the couture shoot, Blow explains, is “a paper studio that travels like a circus.” A paper tent, some 9 square feet, will be set up backstage at the shows, where LaChapelle will shoot the girls in full runway looks.
“We get there first!” Blow crows. “While Anna Wintour is waiting in the front row. It’s take-away couture.”
KNIGHTLY NEWS: Is London-based photographer Nick Knight about to make fashion reporting history? Later this month, Knight and his team will shoot the Paris couture shows on their mobile phones and zap the images over to Knight’s Web site SHOWstudio.com a few seconds later. The photos will be accompanied by commentary from fashion journalist Jo-Ann Furniss and stylist Richard Kaye.
A spokeswoman for Knight said while this will be a pilot project, the photographer’s eventual aim is to hook up with a mobile phone company to provide a service allowing subscribers to receive coverage of all ready-to-wear and couture shows on their mobile phones seconds after the looks hit the catwalk.
Separately, Knight plans to reveal the inner workings of the W fashion shoot he’ll be doing after the couture shows. Knight plans to snap every step of the process from clothing selection straight through to the shoot itself. The project will be posted on the site after the session is finished.