The rock star who used to be known as Prince had more security on the Saturday night Concorde flight to Paris than a head of state. The plane was held for five minutes to allow the rocker's crew to get on...
The rock star who used to be known as Prince had more security on the Saturday night Concorde flight to Paris than a head of state. The plane was held for five minutes to allow the rocker's crew to get on last. Prince (or whatever he goes by these days) spent the entire flight sketching and writing in his spiral notebook, while an aide sitting behind him sharpened his pencils. He turned down all food--a wise move since the quality has declined--and his only nourishment the whole trip was a Tootsie Roll Pop. Upon arrival, Air France personnel were lined up at the gate to greet him--or just to get a look. Ifyou ever want to smuggle anything into France, give it to Prince. He swept through customs like Francois Mitterrand.
Danielle Mitterrand will not be attending the couture shows this season.She has just had heart surgery and is recovering. And, for the first time ever, France Dimanche has reported on hubby Francois's romantic affairs, saying that he has a long-time mistressand has a child by her. nThe designing duo is at it again. Wednesday night Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace will team up for Italian TV to repeat their couture duet from last season. This time it will air on Silvio Berlusconi's private network, Canale Cinque, instead of the publicly owned RAI Uno. Each will be interviewed and will present highlights from his collection.
The newest addition to the couture catwalks? Mommies. This couture season will see the return of Kristen McMenamy, Stephanie Seymour, Nadege and Beverly Peele, all of whom recently had kids. And then there was the slew ofother models who simply looked pregnant.
Meanwhile, the garden at The Ritz was hotter than ever. On Sunday, you could see Oscar de la Renta at a table that included Jayne Wrightsman, Deeda Blair, Grace Dudley and Alexis de Rede. Also spotted were Sylvester Stallone, Claude and Wallis Montana, Kyle MacLachlan and Linda Evangelista and Azzedine Alaia. For the more fitness-minded, the meeting place is the Ritz gym, where Oscar worked out next to Janice Dickinson. The sad part is, Oscar reported, Janice's biceps are twice as big as his.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion