"I can't hear a word you're saying," Barneys New York's chief executive Howard Socol shouted as the sounds of Usher's "Yeah!" blared through the speakers. Indeed, it was one of those nights Friday as Tommy Hilfiger swept into Crobar for the after party of his spring 2005 show. Paris Hilton arrived at the stroke of midnight flanked by bodyguards who were dressed like members of the Secret Service. Then came Jesse Metcalfe of "Desperate Housewives," who was wearing a Mr. T-like gold cross around his neck and refusing to answer questions. Finally, the Black Eyed Peas took to the stage and performed a one-hour photo-op concert dressed head to toe in Tommy Hilfiger gear.
"I've been supporting these guys since before they were big," said Hilfiger. "And Fergie's the next Gwen Stefani. Mark my words. She's going to be huge."
But while the celebrities were unavailable — Hilton was ushered to a private VIP area, where she boogeyed with Hilfiger — Fabian Basabe was more than happy to answer questions. "I just got back to New York, so I'm playing house with my wife," explained the young socialite, who is starring in a new reality show called "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive," which he said is on E! on Sundays at 10 p.m. "It's amazing. The funniest thing is that all of us on the show have had incidents and I mean, that was just the cowboy in me."
He was referring, of course, to his drunken fight in a Hamptons nightclub this summer, in which he hurled racial epithets at a bunch of the security guards.
Basabe also wanted people to know that he is not a complete attention junkie. "I almost didn't do the show," he said. "My agent at CAA told me not to do it, but then he repackaged the show and made it respectable. I've learned a lot about the press. I've been writing for Gotham Magazine."
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