Fashion Scoops: A House Divided … Couture Capers … Helping Hand …
A HOUSE DIVIDED: The five Fendi sisters are headed for a breakup. According to sources, LVMH, which took controlling interest in the brand in November, is expected to announce today that several members of the Fendi clan are leaving the company, but...
A HOUSE DIVIDED: The five Fendi sisters are headed for a breakup. According to sources, LVMH, which took controlling interest in the brand in November, is expected to announce today that several members of the Fendi clan are leaving the company, but that the creative team will remain intact. Carla Fendi, president, is said to be remaining at the helm of the brand, while her sisters--Paola, Alda, Franca and Anna--are reportedly giving up their respective roles at the company following rumors of conflict between new management and the family. Silvia Venturini Fendi, Anna's daughter and creative director of the house, is also said to be staying. She designs accessories and works with Karl Lagerfeld, designer of Fendi's women's ready-to-wear. The Fendis are expected to keep their shares in the company founded by their parents in 1925.Giancarlo Di Risio, who was installed by LVMH as chief executive in January, recently denied any splits in the sorority, but there is a precedence for disagreement. When Fendi was up for sale in 1999, all but Franca were said to be leaning toward selling to Gucci Group. Her reluctance helped fuel a bidding war with LVMH and Prada ultimately teaming up to jointly buy a 51 percent stake for $485 million.COUTURE CAPERS: Bernard Arnault has caught the party bug infecting couture week, which kicks off today. Going head-to-head with Donatella Versace's post-show bash at the Ritz, the LVMH chief is hosting a dinner tonight in honor of Christian Dior couturier John Galliano at Chalet des Iles, a scenic restaurant in the middle of a lake in the Bois de Bologne park. Among the 80 invitees are couture faithful like Betty Lagardere and Suzanne Saperstein, a flock of Eighties supermodels, including Karen Mulder, and rock star Gwen Stefani. Stefani is touring in Europe, but also taking time out for fittings on her Dior wedding dress. She is set to marry Bush vocalist Gavin Rossdale soon.Meanwhile, Versace invited some familiar friends and new faces to her couture show and party tonight. These include Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Elizabeth Hurley, Shaggy, Chloe Sevigny, Rupert Everett and Rosario Dawson, star"Men in Black 2."And, those crazy kids at Imitation of Christ are crashing the couture party, too. Word has it they're planning a last-minute, intimate presentation on Tuesday.HELPING HAND: Luxury giant LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton will spread the wealth this week by sponsoring a group of young couturiers. Receiving financial aid to offset the cost of their shows are: Lithuanian designer Juozas Statkevicius; France's Fred Sathal; Portugal's Andre De Sa Pessoa; Bulgarians Yassen Samouilov and Livia Stoiamova, who are known collectively as On Aura Tout Vu, and Dupre Santabarbara, as designers Michel Dupre and Christel Santabarbara are known. Meanwhile, LVMH will sponsor an exhibition dedicated to young designers to run Sept. 6-18 at Paris' Musee Galliera. Featuring the work of 45 young talents, the show travels to Berlin in October and Moscow in March 2003.HONOR ROLL: Two top American merchants--Burt Tansky chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus and Philip Miller, former chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue--have been cited for awards of merit from the French government. Sources said the two would be decorated with the Legion of Honor, possibly as soon as this fall. Bloomingdale's ceo Kal Ruttenstein is slated to receive his decoration on Thursday, followed by a celebratory dinner at Le Voltaire.RUSSIAN DRESSING: Vladimir Seredin and Seguei Vasiliev, the quirky Russian couturiers famed for their theatrical shows and over-the-top designs, will forego the runway this week. The duo launched ready-to-wear last season and are making that their focus, planning to show it on the runway for the first time this October. But expect a return to couture next January.SHUTTERBUG: Dennis Hopper, a fixture at the Paris ready-to-wear shows last October when he launched his latest book of photographs, is back this week for couture. But he'll be working, not promoting. He's shooting couture for French Vogue's September issue."
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)