A FORD IN YOUR FUTURE: A designer's work is never done -- especially when there's a public offering in the works. Tom Ford's uptown hippies had barely left the Gucci runway when the designer took off for...
A FORD IN YOUR FUTURE: A designer's work is never done--especially when there's a public offering in the works. Tom Ford's uptown hippies had barely left the Gucci runway when the designer took off for a road show, joining Gucci ceo Domenico De Sole and other execs to pitch the banking set on the merits of going public. And he was sure up for the trip. "I love the business side," said Ford, "at least as much as I love design."
IT'S A SMALL WORLD: What do Anna Sui and Muammar el-Qaddafi have in common? A certain aesthetic sensibility--at least where chairs are concerned. For her informal Sui presentation, the designer decorated her space with quirky, opulent carved chairs from a furniture catalog company based in the Adriatic town of Pesaro, where Qaddafi's also purchased chairs. Anna had hers covered in a bold zebra print and the frames lacquered black; Muammar had his painted gold.
GET SMART: In March, Gianfranco Ferre said he hadn't hired young Brazilian model Gianne Albertoni to strut his fall catwalk because "she has such a stupid face." Well, maybe Gianne practiced looking smart over the summer, because guess who graced Ferre's runway this time out, right up there with more sophisticated colleagues like Naomi and Karen? Old stupido herself.
FUR HEIST: While all eyes were on the Milan shows Thursday night, a carload of bandits drove right through the window of the Fendi boutique on Via Borgognona in Rome and made off with a cache of furs and accessories worth about $300,000. Fendi said no suspects had yet been found.
NAOMI'S WOES: Rocco Barocco was supposed to kick off the Milan show calendar at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, but started an hour late because Naomi Campbell failed to show up on time. It turns out she was on the phone with Giancarlo Giammetti, lamenting over her latest media problem. Now the Italian papers have paired her up with 36-year-old Gianni Nunnari, U.S. director of the Italian film production company Cecchi Gori. Even the smooth-talking Giammetti couldn't offer some fatherly advice. "There is nothing I can tell her," he said.ARMANI UPDATE: Don't expect to see hippies, Beekman Place or otherwise, on Giorgio Armani's runway. The designer promises 288 exits of thoroughly modern clothes when he shows on Tuesday. "So many trends are 30 years ago," he said, taking a real lunch break at his palazzo Sunday for the first time in two weeks. "What about today?" But there will be some surprises. Since his day looks are "very real," as he puts it, he's showing big, grand skirts for evening, and, after that opulence, a restrained finale: a single model in pants and a beaded T-shirt. "It's to say that, in the end, this is what I believe," he explained. But Giorgio's not just thinking about clothes. "So," he asked visitors, "how are things in the States now that O.J.'s over?"
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews