I've gone from wunderkind to pioneer to tycoon to recluse to has-been and now to icon," said Diane Von Furstenberg. "If you wait long enough, you become an antique." Still looking gorgeous after a day-long appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta, Von Furstenberg is nonetheless concerned about her appearance--withering makeup applied at 6:30 a.m., and a newly broken strap on her Manolo Blahnik shoes. "It's not as easy as it used to be," she lamented, taking a moment to apply fresh makeup. Von Furstenberg is reintroducing her signature wrap dresses from the Seventies. The silk knit dresses in two styles, mostly prints, sell for $190, and are carried exclusively by Saks. Saks had to postpone the Atlanta date on Von Furstenberg's store tour after it sold out of dresses early on. More than 600 of the reincarnated styles had been snapped up in the first five appearances, in stores in San Francisco, Portland, Ore., St. Louis, Cleveland and the flagship in New York. The number eventually topped 5,000. Branches in Houston, Boston and Tyson's Corner, Va., were also on the tour schedule. Von Furstenberg said she was surprised by the reception. "Young, hip girls who've never worn them are jumping on them, but they look good on people like Joan Collins, too," she said. "It's amazing how they reveal a woman's sexuality and freedom. In the Seventies, we thought we discovered freedom." Saks expanded distribution of the dresses to 50 doors in November.
“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)