On Thursday morning, Julianne Moore proved she was every bit the resilient New Yorker weathering Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. In order to speak with WWD about her recent appointment as a L’Oréal Paris spokeswoman, the award-winning actress ventured uptown from her powerless 11th Street apartment to use her brother-in-law’s car as a charging station for her cell phone. “I’m sitting in a car on the Upper East Side with my phone plugged into a cigarette lighter,” laughed Moore. “Meanwhile I’m getting e-mails from Paris and Los Angeles, where it’s business as usual.”
Moore said she and her family chose to stay put during and after the storm. “We are OK,” she said. “We didn’t want to go to a hotel because we have two dogs. One is a puppy.”
The new global brand ambassador and spokeswoman for an upcoming antiaging skin-care line called Cellular Renaissance, due in Europe in January, said partnering with L’Oréal offers the opportunity to share her appreciation for the brand’s universal appeal — across ages and ethnicities. “I’m an actual user of the brand and it’s hard not to be,” said Moore. “Every modern woman shops everywhere for beauty, but for me it’s mostly the airport or the drugstore. It’s nice to be promoting something that is accessible to everyone.”
Although L’Oréal executives would not reveal which U.S. products Moore would front, the brand said she’d make her L’Oréal Paris debut Stateside in the new year. They added she would also represent hair color in additional international markets in 2013.
Karen Fondu, president of L’Oréal Paris USA, called Moore “an inspiration to women all over the world. She is undeniably one of the most accomplished women of her time — an award-winning actress, children’s book author and supporter of several philanthropic efforts close to her heart. Julianne is the perfect addition to our family of spokespeople.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion