GOLDBAGS: There are goldfingers, goldmembers — and gold logos. The most fabulous of recent movie promotional items is the logo tote New Line Cinema has sent out to promote its new release "Austin Powers in Goldmember." The bag is very similar to...
GOLDBAGS: There are goldfingers, goldmembers — and gold logos. The most fabulous of recent movie promotional items is the logo tote New Line Cinema has sent out to promote its new release "Austin Powers in Goldmember." The bag is very similar to the Louis Vuitton version, with gold on brown and big "G"’s where the LV’s should be. It also includes a change purse and a canvas "G" file folder inside. Vuitton executives in New York said they hadn’t seen the bag and couldn’t comment on possible copyright infringement or counterfeiting charges. A New Line spokeswoman stressed the bag won’t be for sale and that the company thought it was a fun idea because Austin Powers is a Seventies icon just like Vuitton. Besides, she added, it was a way for New Line to brand its iconic "G." So, now, what does Gucci think?
Meanwhile, following a screening in New York of the film Wednesday night, Beyoncé Knowles sashayed into Barneys wearing a body-hugging gold gown and said she’ll next be filming "Fighting Temptations" with Cuba Gooding Jr. Other guests included Carol Alt, Nicole Miller, Howard Socol and Spike Lee, who said his next movie, "The 25th Hour" with Edward Norton, will be released in December. A source estimated "Goldmember" will do $75 million in its first weekend.
GUCCI TO ORDER: Fueled by the success of its custom-made project for men that started this spring, Gucci is extending the service to accessories. Starting in early November, hardcore Gucci-ettes will be able to indulge with a line of made-to-order bags that consists of about six styles, inspired by iconic models from the Gucci archives and available in an array of hides, from the mainstream calfskin to luxe crocodile, said a source close to the company. Customers also will be able to pick the hardware and have the bag monogrammed. The wait is at least four months. The service will most likely only be available in Gucci’s flagship boutiques in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills. At the same time, the luxury goods house will introduce a limited-edition line of bags and made-to-order men’s shoes.
NEW DIGS: The British knight Sir Paul Smith keeps expanding his land holdings. The designer has just purchased a former fruit and vegetable warehouse for his new London headquarters. The 30,000-square-foot space, on Kean Street, will house all of the company’s offices and showrooms. The designer and his team plan to move in early next year, a Paul Smith spokeswoman said.
COACH CLASS: At Coach’s summer party, held at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on Wednesday, MTV’s "Spring Break" host Molly Sims created a stir when she showed up with a ragged suede fringe handbag that, well, didn’t look like it was signature Coach. President and creative executive officer Reed Krakoff quickly produced the company’s "Garden Party" satchel, and Sims happily traded the old for the new. Perhaps it kept her from feeling guilty for not staying in that night. "My Yorkshire terrier Poupette just had six puppies," she said. "I have been getting very little sleep and am a nervous wreck."
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)