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.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion