Fashion Scoops: Armani-Dome … Fit, Fit Ferre … Hot Number
ARMANI-DOME: Although she arrived in a discreet black pantsuit, Tina Turner caused quite a stir when her car pulled up at the Giorgio Armani show Monday, with some fans offering spontaneous applause. Told that short skirts have been steaming up the...
ARMANI-DOME: Although she arrived in a discreet black pantsuit, Tina Turner caused quite a stir when her car pulled up at the Giorgio Armani show Monday, with some fans offering spontaneous applause. Told that short skirts have been steaming up the Milan runways, the ever-leggy Turner broke into a wide grin. "I know," she said. "I bought a few already." Asked where she acquired them, she laughed and said, "I can’t tell you that." Armani’s show was chock-a-block with star wattage — including George Clooney, Mira Sorvino, Sophia Loren, Joely Richardson, Kim Cattrall and 6 foot 5 Australian swimming sensation Ian Thorpe. His interest in fashion is deeper than you might think. "I’ve designed some jewelry in Australia," he said. "The piece is a South Sea pearl on a rubber band with gold around it. We’ve already sold out of it." And you were maybe thinking he was a fish out of water?
Conspicuously absent from the star-studded crowd was French Vogue’s Carine Roitfeld — or anyone else from the magazine for that matter. It seems that Armani, who’s already at war with American Vogue and pulled his advertising from the magazine earlier this year, also has a beef with its Paris cousin. Roitfeld declined to comment. But a spokesman for Armani offered a blunt explanation. "They have not been very interested in the collection the last two seasons and we were short on space," he said. "We wanted to invite people who are interested in the collection." Meanwhile, Anna Wintour and her team were present, but seated in Siberia of sorts — off to the side of the theater-style stage.
FIT, FIT FERRE: Karl Lagerfeld did it first and now it’s Gianfranco Ferré’s turn to shed the excess weight. The Italian designer has been working with a Milan-based diet doctor and the results are impressive. Since spring, he’s lost some 67 pounds and says he’s committed to losing more. "Diet, diet, and more diet. It’s the only way," said Ferré, who was invited by friend and Burberry chief Rose Marie Bravo to attend the Prorsum show last night. So will Ferré follow Lagerfeld’s lead and write a book on his success? "It’s unlikely," he said. "First I have to finish losing the weight."
HOT NUMBER: Nicolas Ghesquière doesn’t show his spring 2003 collection until Saturday in Paris, but one of his handbag styles for the season is already being tipped by retailers as the next hot shoulder jewel. Informally called the "stonewashed cargo bag," it’s made of Tencel, corduroy and suede and comes in two sizes and seven colors. A saddle style, it has a flap — and straps that are similar to Balenciaga’s sought-after pants from spring 2002.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)