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.
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)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion