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."
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye