It’s a balmy June day, and Alexander Wang is mid-lookbook shoot at Root Studios in Brooklyn, talking a mile a minute about one of his models, Ford’s Jon Paul.
“He started modeling an hour ago!” Wang exclaims, before delving into a lengthy anecdote that will end with the words “rattail braid.” The designer apparently told Paul he’d hire him for the job, on one condition: He chops it off. Now the remains sit on top of a white towel. (Paul says he’ll mail them to his mother as proof that the tail is gone.) “We’re his first job,” brags Wang, gesturing to the lanky, fresh-faced brunet.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)