New locations, both historic and unique; an extended calendar; a live-wired partycircuit, and store openings that included Alberta Ferretti’s and Jimmy Choo’shelped add brio to Milan Fashion Week—one of the strongest seasons in sometime. To toast the future of Italian fashion, virtually every designer and industryexecutive in town turned up at the Who’s On Next talent-search presentation—from Giorgio Armani to Donatella Versace. The latter hosted a party of her ownlater in the week, with performances by Hercules and Love Affair, Alex James ofBlur and French artists Misty Rabbit.
George Clooney caused a frenzy at the Armani show but remained the unfazedgentleman. “No personal questions? Ask me, ask me,” said the actor, smilingbroadly, thus gamely brushing away guidelines provided by the designer’s staff, whocarefully monitored access to the actor.
Aishwarya Rai, Megan Fox and her husband, BrianAustin Green, also took in Armani’s show. Despiteher smoldering Emporio Armani underwear ads, Foxinsisted she’s camera shy and “uncomfortable” havingher picture taken. “I don’t think I’ll ever be comfortable,but it’s like acting: playing a part, after all,” she said.
Different day, different party: A $750,000Aquariva by Gucci speedboat was docked at Milan’sPalazzo Serbelloni, where the Italian luxury goodshouse partied to celebrate its collaboration with boatmaker Riva. “It’s the Ferrari of the seas,” said creativedirector Frida Giannini.
Orlando Bloom protectively watched over his wife,a pregnant Miranda Kerr, as paparazzi clamored forattention—and photos—at the opening of “The Scentof the Future” exhibition hosted by Procter & GamblePrestige and Italian Vogue, whose editor, FrancaSozzani, also hosted a high-octane party honoringDiane von Furstenberg, with Lapo Elkann at the latter’sItalia Independent headquarters in Milan. Images ofvon Furstenberg adorned the warehouse space, as thedesigner reminisced about her ﬁrst steps in fashion inMilan—where she also discovered she was pregnantwith her ﬁrst child by fainting in the city’s San BabilaSquare. Among the guests: Mischa Barton, JadaPinkett Smith, Peter Dundas, Laudomia Pucci, Fendi’sMichael Burke, DJ Leigh Lezark, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Tommaso Aquilano,Roberto Rimondi, Roberta Armani and Diego Della Valle.
Von Furstenberg and Heidi Klum chaired amfAR’s second annual beneﬁt inconjunction with the city’s shows—with a live auction of luxury items including asigned Bert Stern photograph of Marilyn Monroe and a Louis Vuitton vanity casedesigned by Sharon Stone.
Roberto Cavalli chose to celebrate his 40th anniversary with a party in Paris—anevent rumored to cost more than $2 million—but he didn’t skimp on his runwaypresentation either, holding it at a spectacular Milan landmark—the 19th-centurymarble Arco della Pace—and exclusively tapping Natalia Vodianova and LaetitiaCasta to open and close the show, respectively. The front row included the likes ofTaylor Swift, Rachel Bilson, Heidi Klum and Leona Lewis.
@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