NO DEAL: The phone's been ringing off the hook at Ellen Tracy. And Herb Gallen, chairman of the $200 million sportswear powerhouse, is telling everyone no, the company hasn't been sold. "It has not been sold. There is no deal," he said Monday in response to widespread rumors the firm had changed hands. Gallen admitted that Ellen Tracy, in fact, has been on the market--for 10 years. "Every year I talk to people, but there's no deal." He pointed out that he came close to selling the company three times in the last eight years, but each time the deal fell through at the last minute. Gallen's price is said to be very steep, and he wants to keep an ownership stake. "We're exploring everything. I'm getting a little older," said Gallen, in his mid-70s, who founded Ellen Tracy 45 years ago. So when might he have a financial arrangement to talk about? "It could be two months, six months or three years," he said, noting that when he signs an agreement, he'll talk about it. Not a moment sooner.
Urban Cowgirl: Nicole Miller runway regular Donna Hanover Giuliani was in the first row when Miller presented her cowgirl looks for fall. When asked if she would ever wear any of the Western garb, Giuliani replied, "Well, it's not high fringe or Roy Rogers, or anything. Sure I would. I mean, I like country western music."
C'est Fini: First the show fizzled and now the company's gone. All those controversial plans to broadcast couture shows live from Paris to three U.S. cities, for the small sum of $1,600 a ticket, have gone bust. Paris Showcase Ltd., the firm behind the affair--which had Chambre Syndicale head Jacques Mouclier in a tiff with some designers who refused to take part--is liquidating in bankruptcy. The New York firm had agreed to pay the Chambre Syndicale $1 million to broadcast the shows via satellite to Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, but just couldn't sell many tickets. Plus, an unknown backer failed to come up with a "several million dollar" investment. Francis J. Harvey Jr., counsel to Paris Fashion Showcase, said the venture had to sell 1,000 tickets to be successful, but actually sold "a lot less than that." "I guess the failure to sell enough tickets here proved that the fashion industry was not ready to pay between $1,000 and $1,600 a ticket to see the [couture] shows live."
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye