Zegna and the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. must have tons of fans.
Billed as an intimate gathering for the launch of the companies’ new Essenze Collection fragrance, the event at the Zegna Fifth Avenue store in New York City Monday night drew an overflow crowd that included bold-faced names such as Ed Burns, Peter Facinelli, Dan Abrams, Josh Elliott, Jesse Palmer, Scott Conant and Kelly Rutherford, as well as industry executives including Jim Gold and Russ Patrick of Neiman Marcus. Solange Knowles served as DJ for the evening and guests were treated to cocktails inspired by the quintet of men’s scents that were in turn inspired by the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture collection.
Zegna chief executive officer Gildo Zegna, who cohosted the evening with Lauder ceo Fabrizio Freda, said he was in North America for three purposes: the fragrance launch, Art Basel in Miami and a visit to Mexico where he will be honored for the 20th anniversary of the company’s entry into that country. “Our business there is growing very nicely,” he said.
He will also spearhead a big party for the opening of a temporary shop for Agnona in Miami during Art Basel later this week, his first visit to that event. “I often go to the one in Switzerland,” he said.
Zegna said the association with Lauder is the “first step” in what is expected to be a long partnership between the two companies. “I’m sure there are different ideas that will materialize in years to come,” he said. That is expected to include the launch of a skin-care collection as well, according to Freda.
“These are two family companies,” said Freda, “with very similar values that both have a passion for creativity, quality and entrepreneurship and common goals.” He said both firms are “very interested in global markets, particularly China” where Zegna has a significant foothold. “And we are interested in getting more into men’s brands, so the association with Zegna is perfect. And the two teams work well together; we have the same spirit. In the world of fragrance, it’s not just about technology but building a business together.”
On the Zegna front, the company will be working to build its women’s business when designer Stefano Pilati joins the company in January as creative director of Agnona and head of design for Zegna Couture. His influence will be seen first with the spring 2014 collections and will mark a “new impetus for design” at the company, Zegna said, noting that Pilati will also be working on the company’s fashion show next June.
Saying fashion is a “world of imagination,” Zegna said it necessitates companies to “make a major step. We have lots going on in the men’s field and we have to remain the leader,” while also making more of a mark in women’s. “It’s a bold decision, what to do with Agnona. It’s in a super luxe niche with a strong point of view that is Italian style and creativity. That’s where Zegna is already represented and Stefano will [help us] when we create a new concept with Agnona. We think it’s going to be a long journey, but we’re ready to support the brand.”
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
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