Fashion Scoops: After Oscar … Caftan Chic … Rock On …
AFTER OSCAR: Balmain, in flux following the departure of its couturier Oscar de la Renta last July, is about to see other changes. Speculation is growing that managing director Georgina Brandolini, at Balmain since 1997, will exit the house shortly....
AFTER OSCAR: Balmain, in flux following the departure of its couturier Oscar de la Renta last July, is about to see other changes. Speculation is growing that managing director Georgina Brandolini, at Balmain since 1997, will exit the house shortly. She could not immediately be reached for comment and her future intentions could not immediately be learned. Balmain’s ready-to-wear designer, Laurent Mercier, shows his second collection for the house Oct. 7.
CAFTAN CHIC: Customizing luxury for a Middle Eastern lifestyle, Kuwaiti retailer Majed Al-Sabah of Villa Moda has approached some of the biggest fashion houses to create caftans for his well-heeled clients. And Miuccia Prada was the first to say "yes" to his project. Her dozen-plus designs, with shoes and bags to match, are set to hit the sales floor in November, retailing from about $2,000 up to five figures for extensively embroidered and beaded styles. Prada caftans also will be exhibited at Villa Moda’s gallery throughout November, the month of Ramadan. Al-Sabah said most Middle Eastern women, even the most rabid designer shoppers, wear caftans, especially to entertain at home. But chic ones are hard to come by at the local souks. Not to worry. Fendi, Missoni, Etro and Marni have also agreed to make caftans for Villa Moda in the coming months.
ROCK ON: Hedi Slimane, the designer of Dior Homme, is on a major roll. Make that rock ’n’ roll. Bryan Ferry and David Bowie wore Dior Homme on stage last week for performances in Paris. And Mick Jagger was slated to wear Slimane’s slim threads at Madison Square Garden Thursday night. In fact, Slimane created a complete wardrobe for the Rolling Stones’ "Licks World Tour," which runs through 2003.
BLISSFUL RETIREMENT: The late Bill Blass’ 12-year-old retriever Barnaby is not expected to stir from his retirement home to attend Tuesday night’s charity party to benefit the Humane Society of New York at the New York Carriage House on West 54 Street. Barnaby’s involvement is solely as the honorary chairman of the dog committee for the event. However, Blass-o-philes will not go home entirely disappointed. The event is to feature a mini-fashion show of looks from the Bill Blass archives. For those less interested in haute and more interested in humane opportunities, the models are to be joined by up-for-adoption canines. Barnaby now gets to live with Blass’ butler, Al McGloin, who inherited $50,000 plus an additional $50,000 for Barnaby’s upkeep.
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN: Mandy Ferragamo, who spent years restoring Il Borro, a bombed-out villa and crumbling medieval village in Tuscany, has written a memoir about the experience. The book, "Seven Years in Tuscany," will be published by Continuum in the U.S. in April. "It’s about a woman dealing with Italian builders — and telling them what to do — and there are stories and pictures about the children, the dogs and the horses," said Ferragamo, the mother of James, Salvatore, Vivia, Olivia and Victoria Ferragamo of the Florence-based fashion clan. Ferragamo, who now lives in London, said the book literally kept her awake at night. "I wrote it in the middle of the night — waking up at 3 a.m." Ferragamo formerly wrote columns on interior design for Beverly Hills 213.
EARTH TO PACO: Paco Rabanne’s views on the future? Not cheery. During an exhibition of his work staged by Corso Como owner Carla Sozzani in Milan this week, the designer said he loved Italy, but added: "Too bad it will soon be destroyed — and Spain will, as well." Rabanne quoted Nostradamus, who forecast that these two countries will be taken over by the "great camel" — or the Arabs. And to top it off, Rabanne said we should expect a Third World War any time soon.
RUFF LIFE: Phoebe Philo has a new assistant in her design studios at Chloé. Her name is Scout and she’s a four-month-old Belgian shepherd. Philo, who just moved into a new apartment in Paris’ 10th arondissement, got her new roommate three weeks ago and has been seen walking Scout, or being dragged by her, on the streets around the Chloé offices.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.