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.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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)