AN ICONIC BEAUTY: MAC Cosmetics has picked French actress Catherine Deneuve as its next "beauty icon." Deneuve follows Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli in the role. Deneuve will headline a MAC color collection that will be launched globally in February. The legendary beauty, whose career has spanned more than four decades, is no stranger to the cosmetics world — she served as the face of Chanel No.5 in the early Eighties.
RETAIL DETAIL: Bernard Arnault appreciates art, but not that much. The LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton kingpin took the unusual step Tuesday of issuing a press release to "formally deny" a French radio report that LVMH would be converting its giant Samaritaine department store into an art foundation. As reported, the landmark retailer on the Seine was shuttered earlier this month because of fire safety concerns, prompting widespread union actions and some wild theorizing about LVMH's plans for the site. Security inspectors are expected to propose recommendations next week for how to proceed with renovations.
CHARMED LIFE: Tori Spelling isn't stopping with jewelry. Spelling told friends last weekend over a dinner marking the Los Angeles launch of her jewelry line Maven that she wants to start her own lifestyle brand. "We do want to snowball Maven into something more — fashion, shoes, accessories," said Spelling at the soiree at her publicist Brian Long's home. "That's why we called [the jewelry line] Maven, because it's all-encompassing. We are mavens of everything, mavens of everything fashion." Already in the works is Mavenette, which she hopes will charm a younger crowd with silver necklaces retailing at $50. Spelling discovered her inner designer when she and longtime friend Mehran Farhat created a diamond pave dog bone last year to benefit Much Love Animal Rescue. The charm necklaces, with names such as "Vegas Baby" and "Love Chain" retail for about $540 at Fred Segal and Kitson, among other specialty shops.
MIDDLE EAST GETS PHAT: CNN's Soledad O'Brien was the master of ceremonies at The Wayuu Taya Foundation Benefit Monday night at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York honoring Lila Downs, Edward James Olmos and Russell Simmons for their contributions to the indigenous people of Latin America.Dressed in a flowy, black Alberta Ferretti gown, O'Brien admitted she wasn't completely at ease on the red carpet. "I don't mind being on the other side of the interview, but that is something different," she said gesturing to the incessant flashes behind her as photographers snapped Wilmer Valderrama. "He gets that everywhere he goes! How do you go around like that?" she wondered. Simmons entered with his wife, Kimora Lee, dressed in what she thought was Escada, "I think it's Escada," she said. "Whatever it is, it's old. I just grabbed it out of my closet." Simmons said he's been busy scouting out locations for new Phat Farm stores. "We're opening a new store in London and stores in the Middle East," he said.
MAZEL TOV: Zac Posen can now add the prefix "uncle" to his name. On June 8, his sister and creative director Alexandra and her husband, Nils Folke Anderson, became the parents of Cyrus Everett Anderson, who weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces when she gave birth to him at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. Cyrus is the first grandchild for Susan Posen, the Posen clan's matriarch and chief executive officer at the designer's company. Zac, meanwhile, already has fashion plans of his own. "I can't wait to do a baby line," he quipped. "I'd love to start developing my client base from birth."
@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