PARIS — There soon could be another Hilton in the fashion business — this time, mom Kathy.
Rick and Kathy Hilton — the parents of Paris and Nicky — are investment partners in the American group Omniscient that is mulling a purchase of the iconic French footwear brand Charles Jourdan, which currently is in bankruptcy. If Omniscent agrees to buy Jourdan, president Lucien Lallouz said his plans would include the launch of a Kathy Hilton by Charles Jourdan line of shoes. This would mark Kathy Hilton's first product under her name. While she has attended fashion shows in past seasons, fashion collections generally have been the domain of her daughters.
Lallouz was involved with several of the Paris Hilton product licensing deals, including the heiress' fragrance with Parlux.
But since these are the Hiltons — and controversy seems to surround the family like the earth orbits the sun — the deal isn't a straightforward one. It's unclear whether the current firm actually owns the rights to its own brand. Last week, French shoe firm Repetto retracted its offer to buy Jourdan because of the uncertainty.
Meanwhile, police in Switzerland last week arrested Jourdan's last owner, Yannis Bilquez, for alleged "disloyal management." Bilquez purchased Jourdan two years ago via a Luxembourg holding company called Finaluxe.
On Monday, a French court set a deadline of Dec. 17 for Omniscient to decide whether it will buy the bankrupt shoe company for a symbolic euro, or $1.46 at current exchange.
"I'm very optimistic [for a resolution]," said Lallouz. "It's a tremendous brand in terms of consumer awareness."
In addition to fashion, Kathy Hilton is checking into the beauty world. Hilton will appear today on HSN at 6 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to tease her upcoming PureBotanical skin care line and her My Secret fragrance.
To introduce consumers to both, Hilton will sell a $24.80 gift set containing a 0.5-oz. Anti-Wrinkle Cream, (expected to be PureBotanical's star product) and a 0.25-oz. My Secret perfume rollerball. Both items are expected to spawn full-blown collections by spring.
Hilton held a lunch Monday at Le Cirque in Manhattan to introduce the products to socialite friends, including Denise Rich, Sloan Barnett, Somers Farkas, Andrea Stark and Bettina Zilkha.The PureBotanical line includes the proprietary Complex H5, which Hilton is touting as a mix of nature and science sourced from the Amazon rainforest. Hilton's beauty products are exclusive to HSN.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast