Fashion Scoops: A Big Rock … No Script Approval for Now … Leaving Liz? …
A BIG ROCK: Rumors persist that Asprey is looking to kick-start its rejuvenation by appointing a bigwig creative director — and it could be in talks with none other than Karl Lagerfeld. Although the company insists it’s not...
A BIG ROCK: Rumors persist that Asprey is looking to kick-start its rejuvenation by appointing a bigwig creative director — and it could be in talks with none other than Karl Lagerfeld. Although the company insists it’s not recruiting in the design department, sources in Europe said the British luxury firm has approached Lagerfeld about joining the effort. The designer was spotted late last month at Asprey headquarters in London with company principals Lawrence Stroll and Silas Chou and chief executive officer Gianluca Brozzetti. He, of course, would continue designing for Chanel and Fendi, where his contracts allow him to take on other projects, as seen by his new collaboration with Hennes & Mauritz. Lagerfeld could not be reached for comment, and the outcome of the talks could not be learned. But Asprey clearly is setting its sights high: Tom Ford spent time at Stroll’s estate in Mustique this winter, amid rumors that Stroll was attempting to lure the outgoing Gucci Group creative director to Asprey. And the dance reportedly goes on — Ford is said to be joining Stroll for a shooting jaunt in Canada this fall.
NO SCRIPT APPROVAL FOR NOW: Meanwhile, Tom Ford has yet to zero in on a script and has denied reports he’s in talks with Miramax. During a call Friday from his ranch in New Mexico, Ford said he’s still “reviewing” potential projects. In all truth, though, he admitted he’s actually trying not to do much of anything during the remaining weeks of his summer holiday. It's a striking change for the once 24/7 designer. “I am opening an office in the old Geffen building on Sunset [Boulevard],” he said of his new West Hollywood digs, currently under renovation. “The plan is to move in the first week of September.
LEAVING LIZ?: Is Gail Cook, group president at Liz Claiborne for the Ellen Tracy, Dana Buchman and Sigrid Olsen brands, leaving the company? A source close to Claiborne said an announcement could be imminent. Officials at the company did not return telephone calls seeking comment. “Claiborne has strong divisionals who can work on their own,” said the source.BACK IN THE USA: Times Square isn’t typically a destination that calls for tennis whites, but that will change on Tuesday. Fallen Olympian Andy Roddick will be volleying there with Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson for “Good Morning America.” The Times Square crowd could exceed the paltry one he played for in Athens, where he was knocked out of the competition Wednesday.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion