DOWN AT THE HEEL: Patrick Cox's business is in flux after his backers withdrew their funds, forcing the London-based footwear designer to close his Sloane Street boutique and cancel deliveries of his spring 2008 collection. However, a spokesman denied rumors the company is liquidating, saying discussions with potential new backers are already under way. "It's an entirely amicable situation, and Patrick and his backers are working to find a healthy solution," he added. Cox, who has been in the footwear business for more than 20 years and is a high-profile figure on the London social and charity scene, is expected to keep open his three stores in France.
SHORT CUTS: Thom Browne, on the prowl for a financial partner, is also eyeing fabrics for upcoming collections — and the work of some of his Europe-based designer peers. The New York men's wear designer turned up at the Balmain and Rick Owens shows in Paris on Sunday as the French fashion week kicked into gear. "Rick's a good friend from L.A.," said Browne, who was taking a breather after his over-the-top show in New York, dining at Voltaire and enjoying spring-like weather in the French capital. He was due to head back home today.
HOUSE MOVES: Ramosport has tapped Julien Fournié as its new creative director. Fournié, who was creative director at couture house Torrente until 2004, will present his first men's wear collection for the house in June. A women's spring 2009 collection will be unveiled in the fall during Paris Fashion Week. "The time has come now for Ramosport to reestablish more clearly its...identity," said Nicoletta Giadrossi, who purchased a majority stake in the French luxury outerwear company in 2006. It had previously been family owned since it was founded in 1905.
CLAWS OUT: "Celebutantes," the chick-lit confection by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper that's cracked The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, had its West Coast coming-out party Thursday at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Attendees — including hostess Tamara Mellon and beau Christian Slater, Dennis Hopper, Anjelica Huston, Liz Goldwyn, Michael Vartan, Steve Bing, Jackie Collins, Honor Fraser, Jordana Brewster and Wendy and Leonard Goldberg — mingled amid pairs of Jimmy Choo heels and emulated the book's jacket art by sipping mini Moët & Chandon bottles through straws. For those who hadn't yet read it (in other words, most of the guests), Mellon synopsized: "The book is about the blood sport of getting dresses on actresses."However, she acknowledged that awards-related fashion warfare has calmed this season — a relief to a Diabless-clad Brewster. "It is mostly about what is going to look good," she said of her outfit choices. "I am never ambitious enough to make it a blood sport."
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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