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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews