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Kim Kardashian: Star Du Jour


The Spring 2013 issue of Du Jour, the online and print magazine that caters to Gilt Groupe‘s top spenders, has an unlikely cover girl. Out today online and the first week of March in print, the new issue features Kim Kardashian, who, shot by Bruce Weber, appears in her first pregnancy photo shoot. Weber lensed two covers: The first, which debuts above, shows Kardashian dressed up like a Tahitian princess (although, with a floral Du Jour crown hovering about her head, she looks uncannily like a Madonna), while the second depicts her, sans makeup, emerging from a pool. The pared-down photographs were taken at Weber’s Miami home. “We had come off this moment where we launched with Christy Turlington and were lucky enough to have Nicole Kidman on the second cover, with Patrick Demarchelier shooting, and we wanted to try something a little bit different,” says Nicole Vecchiarelli, who serves as the magazine’s co-editor in chief, along with Keith Pollock.

Now one might not think a reality-TV star would appeal to the magazine’s high-net-worth readers, but Vecchiarelli believes Kardashian will capture their interest. “We realized that everyone has an opinion about her. Our idea was that any audience would be able to appreciate seeing someone who they may view in a certain way reshape her image. It was an artistic endeavor, and I think there’s a lot for our audience to really delve in to, whether they’re personally into her or not.” Vecchiarelli adds that the interview with Kardashian, written by Du Jour‘s editor at large Alyssa Giacobbe, reveals that as she approaches motherhood, the reality queen is rethinking her approach to privacy and how she connects with her fans. What’s more is that Weber chose do draw visual comparisons to Kardashian and Elizabeth Taylor (there are even a few images of Kardashian leafing through books about the actress). “Could she ever be an Elizabeth Taylor or Marilyn Monroe personality of her generation? If she [were to become that] it would be because she’s continued down the road that she did with Bruce—opening herself up to different ideas and pairing herself with different kinds of people.”

Photo: Bruce Weber

Some Like It Haute


The icon that is Marilyn Monroe is having (yet another) fashion moment. Last week, Chopard exhibited never-before-seen prints of the late actress during its holiday party, and now, she’s re-emerged as the inspiration behind Bruno Frisoni’s Limited-Edition Rendez-Vous collection for Roger Vivier. “Marilyn is the essence of femininity whilst embodying sexuality,” said Frisoni of his muse. “It is my hope that I have created a collection that can express the innocent yet sensual nature that Marilyn does so well.”

The designer’s limited edition accessories, like sequin and lace heels and an exploding poppy clutch, have a certain delicate-meets-saucy allure. But it’s the rosebud handbag, garnished with a bright pink smooch, that feels the most “Marilyn.”

Frisoni notes that the house’s history also provided a few notes of inspiration, particularly the prism shape, which he describes as a key emblem of Roger Vivier. “I wanted to give a fairy-tale accent and a little extreme luxury to our most iconic pieces,” said Frisoni. It’s hard to get more luxe than the designer’s crystal-covered prism clutch, which, along with the rest of the range, will make its international debut in Roger Vivier’s Miami boutique on December 15. The traveling collection will land in New York on January 8.

Photo: Courtesy of Roger Vivier

Marilyn And Uma Forever


With diamonds, caviar, and a live lounge singer accompanied by a three-man band, last night’s dinner at the Chopard boutique was an event Marilyn Monroe might have enjoyed. Which was fitting, as the evening was dedicated to the late actress and recurrent style icon. Chopard invited a small group of private clients to preview its collection of Haute Joaillerie, as well as an in-store exhibition titled Marilyn Forever, a show of unpublished photographs of the actress from iconic Monroe photographer Milton Greene’s archive. Along with a clutch of Chopard gems, the most striking snap, which pictured Monroe kneeling in a black robe, greeted guests at the door. Fun fact: Apparently the pose was chosen because Ms. Monroe had broken her ankle before the shoot.

The guest of honor was Uma Thurman, who actually played Ms. Monroe on five episodes of NBC’s Smash (well, actually, she played an actress who was playing Marilyn, if you want to get precise). “I loved her in The Misfits,” Thurman said, noting that the scene in which Monroe plays with a paddleball is easily her favorite Marilyn moment.

After admiring the photos, which were on display for one night only before being flown to Art Basel for Chopard’s joint party with W magazine, Thurman flipped through her own iPhone pics of her two-and-a-half-month-old baby, Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson—or Luna for short. Draped in a black Maria Cornejo gown (and Chopard jewels, of course), Thurman had a motherly glow about her. When asked what was on her holiday wish list, Thurman replied, “Peace.” But, she admitted, she wouldn’t mind a few of those Marilyn prints, either.

Photo: Will Ragozzino /

In Florence, The Stars Align


The Italians are noted for their national pride, but the opening night of Florence’s Pitti Immagine fairs this week—the menswear spectacle that is Pitti Uomo; the women’s complement, Pitti W; and the childrenswear fest, Pitti Bimbi—found Ferragamo celebrating an American: Marilyn Monroe. In fairness, Salvatore Ferragamo himself did pitch his tent in Hollywood, where he made shoes for the stars (including Marilyn, a size 6), and Monroe is an enduring icon. Why? “Marilyn is a quintessential actress,” opined Rose Byrne (above), who turned up to bring some celeb wattage (circa 2012) to the event. “Mystery, beauty, and tragedy—that will forever intrigue people.” So, it goes without saying, will clothes. A staggering variety of Marilyn’s were on display, including notable on-screen outfits, like the beaded black dress she wore as Sugar Kane in the immortal Some Like It Hot. Curator Stefania Ricci was at pains to pick just one favorite. Pressed to choose, she went for “photos of Marilyn when she was very young, blonde, with no makeup—photos that are [almost] an interpretation of death.” A more literal interpretation of Monroe’s death closed the exhibit: a tableau of a body in bed, as Marilyn was found. Spooky.

One star gave way to many as guests moved from the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo to Fiesole, in the hills outside Florence, for a dinner in plein air. Brunello Cucinelli threw his biannual Pitti opening celebration for a party of a hundred-plus, in a medieval castle dating back to somewhere between the tenth and thirteenth centuries (above). That’s the kind of history even Hollywood can’t cop to, though the site turned out to have had a few modern roles, too. During the second World War, it had been occupied by the Nazis, then was the site of a skirmish between them and combined U.S./Scottish forces. A bullet hole near the entrance hall serves as a permanent reminder. At his expansive booth at the Pitti Uomo fair today, Cucinelli glowed as he spoke of the beauty of the building and the beauty of Italy—one he aims to uphold in his collections. Seen his way, his trademark one-and-a-half breast jackets, down-filled gilets (with hand-picked down to avoid any sharp or rough segments), and ultra-light knits are practically a civic duty. “We believe in the state very much, so I have recalled all the great masters,” he said, via a translator, of his designs. “Italians need to raise our heads again. Our state is an incredible state, and I want to work for it.”

Photos: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Courtesy of Brunello Cucinelli

More Marilyn


Let the Marilyn Monroe tributes continue. Just last month at the Cannes Film Festival, Chopard hosted an exhibition of rarely seen images of the icon and unveiled its Monroe collection of diamond necklaces and earrings. Today she’s being toasted in Milan by artist Alessandro Gedda and Italian footwear label Fratelli Rossetti. Gedda’s 50-painting exhibition, commemorating the 50 years since her death, opened at Società Umanitaria (the first stop of A Tribute to Marilyn‘s multi-city tour that will end in New York next month). Also in the mix are five sculptures inspired by Fratelli Rossetti’s Lady Brera pump. For its part, the shoe label has created a limited-edition version of that style in Marilyn red croc skin, available at its stores around the world. Here, has an exclusive first look at the shoe.

Photo: Courtesy of Fratelli Rossetti