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.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion