ROITFELD LINES UP: Any young designer would pretty much do whatever was necessary to get French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld to his or her runway show. Frank Kobitz is doing the next best thing — using her daughter Julia Reston Roitfeld's talents to help get guests to his Feb. 2 Frank Tell fashion show at New York's Tribeca Grand Hotel. The junior Roitfeld has designed invitations to the Tribeca Grand Hotel presentation and her work is credited in the fine print.
Kobitz, who had a Ross Bleckner-authorized print in last season's collection, is teaming up with artist Ben Copperwheat for one of this season's prints — one that derived from the geometrical gardens in the Alain Resnais classic film "Last Year at Marienbad."
OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: The embers are still burning regarding last season's controversy about designers using too many Caucasian models on the runways. To keep the topic top of mind, Bethann Hardison, the former model and agency owner who got people talking by moderating two town meeting-type discussions last year, is scouting locations for a third one to be held later this month. In the meantime, modeling agents have told Hardison there has been more interest in African-American models among designers for shows and brands for advertising. "There's motion in the ocean," said Hardison, adding she is hopeful that will lead to a wider assortment of ethnicities on the runways. She is still at work on a documentary called "Invisible Beauty" that will spotlight the industry and modeling, as well as celebrate African-American models.
WEDDING MARCH: Bridal designer Amsale designed the wedding gown Uma Thurman wears in the forthcoming movie "The Accidental Husband." It is expected to be featured in one of the posters promoting the March 7 release. Amsale also wasn't about to be left out of "27 Dresses," a new movie about the perils of always being a bridesmaid. She provided bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns, and wound up dressing one of the co-stars, Malin Ackerman, for her real-life wedding in June. Amsale personally worked with Ackerman in her Madison Avenue boutique — a replica of which appears in "27 Dresses." But Katherine Heigl, the other leading lady, went with a different designer — Oscar de la Renta — for her Park City, Utah, nuptials to Josh Kelley last month.
POOL PARTIES: Some might think Lisa Curran is pulling a Shoshana by expanding her swimwear to include dresses, but the designer said she is just doing what retailers have requested. The 12-piece capsule collection ships to swimwear and specialty stores next month, as will a new group of swimwear and dresses for girls, another first. The designer unveils her latest effort Thursday at The Gramercy Park Hotel. Wholesale prices will range from $90 to $110, with a sheer V-neck dress and an above-the-knee tank dress expected to be bestsellers, she said. A recent test at Shopbop sold out within a week, Curran said.
ALL DRESSED UP: After joining Danny and Nicole last year, Robert Maslin has launched the Taylor label, a contemporary dress line, with designer Cynthia Howie. The collection consists of daytime dresses including strapless, short-sleeved, sheath and Empire-waist styles, wholesaling from $69 to $89. "Since Jan. 30 is our first delivery, the things we're running for spring include cotton piqué, silk and cotton blends, silk twill, matte jerseys and textured crepes," said Maslin.
Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor are among the stores that will carry the collection. First-year projected wholesale volume is $4.5 million, he said.
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