A WOMAN'S TOUCH: Paolo Melim Andersson, the new creative director of Chloé, already has beefed up his studio. The Swedish designer, who joined Chloé from Marni in October, has tapped Vanessa Bellanger, who previously had worked behind Lars Nilsson as studio director at Nina Ricci. Bellanger is also an alumna of Polo Ralph Lauren and John Galliano. Her title at Chloé is style and image director.
IKEA IDEA: Speaking of Lars Nilsson, he's launching a signature furniture collection. The former Nina Ricci designer, who turned up at a François Lesage event in Paris Wednesday, said he's teamed up with the Swedish furniture manufacturer Josef Frank to produce his designs, along with some interior textiles. "It's a product I've wanted to do for such a long time," said Nilsson, who was heading to Stockholm to present an award to Dita Von Teese, who topped Swedish Elle's international best-dressed list. Nilsson was mum, however, on his comeback plans for fashion.
NIGHTLIFE: Graydon Carter might not have been able to come to Paris to host the dinner Vanity Fair threw for Michael Roberts and Diane von Furstenberg Tuesday night, but Carter's replacement, Bob Colacello, and the designer herself were extra-attentive hosts. As the likes of Valentino Garavani, Arielle Dombasle, Betty Catroux and Christian Louboutin sat down for a salmon and caviar feast, von Furstenberg made a quick round to all the tables, cooing, "Is everyone all right?" and dispensing assorted fashion advice. "Never go without décolleté," she counseled Vanity Fair's Alexis Bryan, leaning forward in her scoopneck dress. No sooner had she exited than Amy Sacco and Natasha Fraser-Cassavoni, both in plunging black outfits, perked up their posture, prompting Elizabeth Saltzman and Astrid Munoz to pull out their digital cameras and capture their cleavages. A packed and buzzy cocktail hour included cameos by Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham, looking extra chic in a bulbous Viktor & Rolf dress.Sacco, in Europe readying her new club at the Saint Martins Lane hotel for a September opening, also let slip she's teaming up with Joe Boxer founder Nick Graham to launch a range of products, including sleepwear.
On Wednesday, von Furstenberg had more serious business as the new Council of Fashion Designers of America president, meeting with her Milan, Paris and London counterparts: Mario Boselli, president of the Camera della Moda; Didier Grumbach, president of France's Chambre Syndicale, and Hilary Riva, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, respectively. Von Furstenberg described the meeting as friendly and constructive. Although no decisions were made, she said discussions centered on 2008 fashion week dates (with a will to make them a tad later) and the skinny-model issue. On the latter point, she said all were in agreement in principle: "We want to give guidance and promote health as beauty."
TRAVELING PAIRS: The Vanity Fair party wasn't the only stop for Katie Holmes and Victoria Beckham on Tuesday night. The BFs made their rounds of Giorgio Armani's new Avenue Montaigne flagship that evening, as well. "I'm going to shop for baby clothes," said Holmes, who, when last in Paris, went on a shopping spree with the British pop songstress. Meanwhile, Tinsley Mortimer and Amanda Hearst made their grand appearance at the event, fighting off paparazzi as well as jet lag. "We just flew in for the event this morning," said Mortimer, who noted that she was working hard putting the final touches on her handbag line.
COMEBACK KID: Sybilla, the high priestess of Spanish ready-to-wear in the Eighties, is riding a comeback wave and plans to stage a runway show March 4 during Paris Fashion Week. Now 43, she's going strong in Spain with her two brands — namesake label Sybilla and a junior line called Jocomomola (roughly meaning, "Geez, how cool"). Sybilla recently tapped Arnaud Maillard from Lagerfeld Gallery as her new lead designer. Vanessa Bruno, designer of the high-end French contemporary brand, said she will make her runway debut that week, too. Her location is yet to be revealed, but Bruno said she hopes to put a fresh spin on the catwalk.PUMA HEARST: Puma is breaking into New York Fashion Week on Lydia Hearst's arm. After modeling the brand's French 77 global launch event in Monaco in October, Hearst partnered with the active brand on the limited-edition Puma Lydia Bag by Heatherette, codesigned with Hearst's longtime friends Richie Rich and Traver Rains. The bag — a custom-leather version of Puma's terry cloth racquet grip bag from its new French 77 collection — will make its runway debut at Heatherette's Feb. 6 "Over The Rainbow" show, in which Hearst is modeling. "Puma gave me the opportunity to see a new side of the fashion world," Hearst said. "I am a model, of course, but this has given me a glimpse into the designing side." Puma is making only 100 bags, most of which Hearst is giving to her friends. A limited number will be sold, for upward of $500 each, at Puma Black Stores in Tokyo and in New York's Meatpacking District in May. The bag comes in three versions: delicate, night and wild. Hearst also will auction a bag for the Designers for Darfur Charity Feb. 9, for which she is co-chair.
NICE THREADS: "Embroidery without a dress is like a book without a reader, but a dress without embroidery is like Bastille Day without fireworks," embroiderer extraordinaire François Lesage said Wednesday as he was elevated to Officer of the French Legion of Honor by French minister of culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. Well-wishers crowded dozens deep into the gilt salons of the ministry for the midday ceremony. "Lesage belongs to a rare breed that is disappearing," said Pierre Bergé. "He is a master artisan." Marisa Berenson, who noted that Lesage's father, Albert, did embroideries for her grandmother, Elsa Schiaparelli, marveled at the riches of the house, now owned by Chanel. "There [are] drawers and drawers of the most extraordinary things. Treasures!" she enthused. "He's such a nice man, too."
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty