GUCCI'S SWISS CONNECTION: Milan magistrate Carlo Nocerino, a financial crimes expert who is investigating the murder of Maurizio Gucci, said he will be traveling to Switzerland next week to review Gucci's...
GUCCI'S SWISS CONNECTION: Milan magistrate Carlo Nocerino, a financial crimes expert who is investigating the murder of Maurizio Gucci, said he will be traveling to Switzerland next week to review Gucci's banking records after having struck an agreement with Gucci's ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani. He said the agreement allows for the family members to be present during the review of Gucci's accounts, and that this has helped speed up access to the information, which otherwise could have been hung up for months, if not years, by the Swiss authorities. Nocerino is also expected to fly to the U.S. soon to meet with his counterparts in New York and possibly also Los Angeles. U.S. investigators have reportedly uncovered an $18 million loan to the former fashion executive by parties that had links to the U.S. Mafia. Nocerino declined to comment on the reports. IN DISTRESS: Troubled times continue in England. The latest fashion house in distress is Xavier Foley, which has lost its backer, TPC Investments, and will not deliver either its spring or fall 1995 collections. TPC said it pulled out because of production delays which meant the Xavier Foley spring collection would not be shipped until mid-May, and most retailers said that was just too late to accept.
CALLING MADAME BUTTERFLY: The opera company of Milan's legendary Teatro della Scala will be singing its heart out in Japan this September, and Italian fashion hopes some of the glamour will rub off. Italy's Foreign Trade Institute (ICE) plans to launch a major publicity campaign in Japan to coincide with La Scala's month-long tour, including a television special on Italian fashion, in-store promotions, a catalog and print advertisements. "We're counting on the popularity and the authority of La Scala to promote Italian fashion," said Ugo Calzoni, the head of ICE, which is helping fund the tour.
LA DOLCE VITA: Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have signed a deal with the Italian eyewear company Marcolin SpA to produce and distribute a line of sunglasses and prescription frames for men and women. A spokesman for the designers said annual sales are expected to reach $59 million (100 billion lire). The line will be on sale in Italy by the end of the year and available in the U.S. in 1997. Marcolin also produces and distributes eyewear for Calvin Klein and Mila Schon.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty