WHO ARE YOU CHARLIE?: Such was the cryptic message on the invitation to a cocktail hosted by Lancel Tuesday evening in Paris, and everyone had their own view on the subject.
“Charlie Chaplin,” said actress Joana Preiss, who will begin shooting in Spain this September a movie she wrote.
“Charlie’s Angels,” said novelist Eliette Abécassis. “I love playing ‘Charlie’s Angels’ when I was little. I was Jaclyn,” she added, referring to Jaclyn Smith, who played the role of Kelly in the hit TV series.
“Charlie is the boy who is attractive to girls,” said Solène Hebert. It turns out that the rising actress and model, who appeared in Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent” biopic last year and has also modeled for several luxury brands, was actually sporting the true answer on her arm.
For the Compagnie Financière Richemont-owned brand, Charlie is the first creation by the house’s new creative director Nicole Stulman, who has been charged with reviving the storied brand, giving it a more upscale positioning and making it appeal to today’s consumers.
The Charlie is a 48-hour bag inspired by Lancel’s archives from the Sixties.
It was unveiled in the Cour du Mûrier, a hidden courtyard with frescoed galleries in Paris’ Beaux-Arts, with a jazz band playing in the background, giving a nostalgic Saint-Germain vibe, ahead of an official launch during women’s ready-to-wear in September.
The core Charlie line is made of buffalo leather and will initially be available in black, red and alabaster in two sizes starting September, while python, ostrich and water-snake versions will also be available. The range will be expanded next spring with more colors and shapes.
“It was supposed to only be launched next spring,” said Lancel chief executive officer Marianne Romestain, who joined the brand in February. “But when we saw it we all loved it so much that we decided to launch it early.
“Nicole will be working on a complete repositioning of the brand,” Romestain continued. “We want to make people fall in love with [it] again.”
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye