NEW SHOES?: Rumors are percolating that Bally might be getting ready to part company with its creative director, Scott Fellows. A company spokeswoman categorically rejected reports Tuesday that Fellows has already left, saying, "Scott Fellows is still...
NEW SHOES?: Rumors are percolating that Bally might be getting ready to part company with its creative director, Scott Fellows. A company spokeswoman categorically rejected reports Tuesday that Fellows has already left, saying, "Scott Fellows is still very attached to the project, creatively and on the board." But she added that Bally’s chairman and chief executive officer, Marco Franchini, who joined the Texas Pacific Group-owned company in April, will detail organizational changes in September.
TPG bought the Swiss company Bally in 1999 and set out to reposition the brand as a major luxury label. But Fellows’ collections have received a lukewarm reception from retailers and consumers, and the company is understood to still be losing money. Sources said Tuesday that Bally might replace Fellows from its internal staff but keep him on until the end of the year or beyond to help the transition.
BARGAIN CITY: Will Donna Karan have to play referee at her annual Super Saturday event this weekend in the Hamptons? Famous for being the largest designer garage sale known to man, the day-long event — which benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund — is where celebrities like Molly Sims, Christy Turlington and Heidi Klum duke it out over seriously discounted Vera Wang gowns and Hogan accessories. Over 100 designers have committed to the OCRF this year by donating their trendy threads, among them: Diane Von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Tod’s, Burberry, Catherine Malandrino, Rebecca Taylor, Halston, Imitation of Christ, Marc Jacobs, Tuleh and Tommy Hilfiger. There’s even a kids’ carnival, a raffle and musical performances.
JUST LUNCHING: Fred’s has become this summer’s hot lunch spot, judging from its recent visitors. Seen dining there Monday were Lizzie Grubman (with two guys); Calvin and Kelly Klein; Natalie Portman, and George Hamilton and Alana Stewart Hamilton with Sandy Gallin. Meanwhile, Andrea Linett, fashion director of Lucky, was browsing Barneys’ first floor, having just taped a segment of "Inside Edition" at Ann Taylor. The topic? "College-to- Real-Life Makeovers," which is scheduled to air in early September. On Tuesday, Ron Perelman and Charlie Rose were seen at Fred’s, but weren’t dining together. They did, however, share an elevator ride to the lower level.
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