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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)