A PRINCELY GARDEN: The Prince of Wales already is a farmer, baker and butcher. Now, add furniture to the list of products made by his charitable foundation, the Duchy Collection, which focuses on sustainable farming, forestry and food production. The new line of chestnut pieces, which includes chairs, tables and benches, is made of wood harvested from the prince’s Aconbury Wood in Herefordshire. The furniture will be the centerpiece of the store windows at Burberry’s 57th Street flagship in New York and its Bond Street shop in London, which are today installing royal garden parties in hopes of beckoning an early spring. The visual displays also will include typical English-garden staples, such as lifelike renderings of maze hedges, a table set for tea and mannequins dressed, naturally, in Burberry garden-party attire. Now, all they need is the White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat.
STANDARD ISSUE: Even though war is on his doorstep, air-raid sirens have put him on edge and his sales are down 45 percent, Kuwaiti retailer Majed Al-Sabah of Villa Moda is keeping his sense of humor during a difficult period. Over the weekend, Al-Sabah had to smile when he learned that a major shipment of Prada destined for his Villa Moda retail complex — some 300 boxes of shoes, handbags and clothes — were mistakenly collected from the Kuwait City airport by the U.S. Army. The goods were taken to its warehouses north of the city in Camp Doha, which supplies troops with equipment, food and other necessities. Army officials identified the errant Prada shipment on Sunday and were rerouting it to Villa Moda on Monday. "I was so worried it was going to end up somewhere in Iraq," Al-Sabah said. "And I didn’t want to see it on CNN."
THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR: Designers bowing at Los Angeles Fashion Week, which gets under way full blast with the Imitation of Christ show this afternoon at the Avalon Hotel, are getting a little help from their famous friends, natch, many of whom are locals. Reese Witherspoon, Wes Anderson andMena Suvari are confirmed at best friend Tara Subkoff’s IOC show; across town, Marisa Tomei will be at Elisa Jimenez. At the Standard Wednesday, singer Vanessa Carlton is attending Cynthia Vincent’s Twelfth Street debut, while Nikki Costa and Darryl Hannah are supporting gal pal/Frankie B. designer Daniella Clarke, who is also incorporating the quasi-cabaret Pussycat Dolls in the show. Chili Pepper frontman Anthony Kiedis walks the runway Thursday night at the Standard for former girlfriend Yohanna Logan who designs under the Shawn label. Also walking that night are Christina Aguilera, Taryn Manning and Paris Hilton at Jeremy Scott’s performance show at the Palace in Hollywood (the "Dirty" pop diva will enter in a new Scott confection based on sponsor Gillette’s pink "Passion Venus" razor in exchange for a $50,000 donation to her favorite charity).Thursday also will have Robert Downey Jr., Shakira and Lee Ann Rhimes on hand at the Ghost show at the Standard. Back at the Standard Friday night, Petro Zillia is seating Dominique Swain, Lisa Marie and Kirsty Hume. And, at Saturday’s Smashbox Studios run, which includes Rami Kashou and Eduardo Lucero, Kelly Osbourne, Macy Gray, Amy Smart and China Chow are expected to show.
NOT QUITE A TALKING HEAD: Is Britney Spears turning her pop diva headset in for a TV host mike? What started out as a quick video clip to screen during the debut this week in Los Angeles of Joey and T — the duo who dress Spears, Rachel Leigh Cook, the cast of "American Idol" and other youngsters — has become a full-fledged making-of-a-fashion-show-type documentary. Footage so far shows her playing the role of celebrity interviewer — which she may continue at Wednesday’s early afternoon show at the Downtown Standard — if she’s up to it. She’ll sit out the show as a spectator, but hitting the catwalk are Jamie Presley and the Hilton sisters — who are giving the local models a bit of competition this week with the many shows they’re doing. As for the film, which will presumably be finished with the stylists-cum-designers’ bow, Spears and her friends are said to be hoping to shop it to MTV, HBO or some other network. Any takers?
MENKES BUSINESS: As construction crews swirled about raising the tents at the Downtown Standard in Los Angeles, International Herald Tribune scribe Suzy Menkes was heavy in a tete a tete with Richard Tyler on the café patio. It’s been quite a visit for Menkes. She came to town to cover the Oscars (only to find herself shorted of some of the glitz, as she grumbled at the WWD Oscar fete March 19, with the advent of the war) and has since stayed on three weeks later, popping up at the Juicy Couture HQ in dusty Pacoima and about town with her silver-speckled camera.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)