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.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)