Controversy, it seems, comes naturally to Marc Jacobs. From his thought-provoking collections to last season’s late, late start—now the stuff of industry legend—consciously or subconsciously, he’s bound to spice up the circuit. This time around, things took a stranger turn, as his company, Marc Jacobs International, found itself at the center of an actual criminal investigation. Fashion tongues were set wagging due to a bribery scandal involving the 69th Regiment Armory, Jacobs’ regular show space for several years. Through its public relations firm, the company allegedly paid off the Armory’s former superintendent, James Jackson, a public employee, to secure the site. Jackson was indicted on charges of soliciting more than $30,000 since 2000 to allow the designer to use the space.
The story broke smack in the middle of fashion week, and all the major New York newspapers splashed it across their pages, but the jaded fashion community took the news in stride. “All [Jackson] was trying to do was wet his beak,” said industry veteran Paul Wilmot, owner of Paul Wilmot Communications. “He got a [Bowflex] exercise machine, not even a car. I’m happy the attorney general has unearthed this guy, but it’s pretty small potatoes.”
The controversy was all but forgotten when Jacobs closed fashion week with yet another stellar collection, accompanied by live music from Sonic Youth, and celebrity guests such as Victoria Beckham, Selma Blair and Gretchen Mol.
As for his paltry 15-minute delay, it was Jacobs who did the chastising this time, having almost been “murdered” by one flabbergasted critic after last season’s two-hour delay. “Get into your seat, Victoria,” he boomed at Mrs. Beckham with a push, urging her and other front-rowers to take their places. (As for the clothes themselves, they were a sophisticated take on sportswear with novel plays on volume. Jacobs described them as “calm, but with a bit of perversity. It’s hard-core soft core.”)
In Paris, for Louis Vuitton, still mindful of the clock, he emerged from backstage and bellowed at no one in particular that he wanted to start his show—but the message didn’t quite make it to front-row centerpiece Ziyi Zhang. The Chinese glamazon came scooting down to her seat like a cowering mouse just as the first model came pounding down the runway.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)