Fashion Scoops: At First Blush … Rai of Light … Crazy in Versace …
AT FIRST BLUSH: Could Jean Paul Gaultier, the French designer who put men in skirts, now be sending them to the makeup counter? Rumor has it that Beauté Prestige International, his beauty licensee, is about to launch color cosmetics for men under...
AT FIRST BLUSH: Could Jean Paul Gaultier, the French designer who put men in skirts, now be sending them to the makeup counter? Rumor has it that Beauté Prestige International, his beauty licensee, is about to launch color cosmetics for men under the Gaultier label, along with a new men’s fragrance. As a teaser, BPI just sent beauty journalists in Europe mysterious little black boxes containing an eraser. “Erase your preconceptions,” an insert advises. The media is also invited to the Paris event on June 27, which happens to be the same day as Gaultier’s men’s fashion show.
BPI executives could not be reached for comment.
RAI OF LIGHT: Arresting Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai has just landed herself a new leading role — as an international ambassadress for L’Oréal Paris. Rai joins a long list of actresses-cum-spokesmodels for L’Oréal including Catherine Deneuve and Andie MacDowell. Rai recently sat on the jury of Cannes International Film Festival and was a former Miss World. Her films credits include “Devdas” and the upcoming Anglo-Indian version of “Pride and Prejudice.”
CRAZY IN VERSACE: Beyoncé Knowles, one third of the pop trio Destiny’s Child, might have missed the Versace show last year but is making up for it in her new video, Crazy in Love. Knowles wears a orange silk minidress with fuchsia chiffon insets from the spring collection along with matching jewels. Meanwhile, the songstress donned a green silk bustier dress from Versace’s fall 2003 collection for the MTV Movie Awards, which air tonight.
CARDONA’S ANGELS: Newly minted Cerruti designer David Cardona doesn’t have any plans to give up his signature line, as fashion fans who flock to see “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” will notice when it hits theaters June 27. For stars Drew Barrymore and Lucy’s Liu’s pivotal fight scene with nemesis Demi Moore, costume designer Joseph Aulisi tapped Cardona to customize two black leather jackets from his fall 2003 collection for the actresses. “My collection was very aggressive and bitchy, and I think that’s what the studio wanted for this scene,” said Cardona from his Santa Monica, Calif., studio. “Both jackets [long-sleeved for Barrymore and short-sleeved for Liu] are corseted and tight on the body.” Angel lovers can order their very own jackets, which retail for $2,900 and $1,800, respectively, but at least they won’t have to order eight copies of each, as Columbia Pictures did to accommodate stunt doubles and damage done during the cat fight de la creme.THIERRY CLOTH: There was an extra sense of urgency at a Thierry Mugler press sale in Paris Wednesday, since owner Clarins plans to soon shutter the fashion house to focus on the fragrance business. Journalists got first dibs on a piece of fashion history from a hodgepodge of suits and sportswear from Mugler’s 2002 collections. It was a sad moment for Mugler diehards, who lamented the dearth of hard-core Eighties looks like corseted suits. “I’m looking for collector’s items,” said Odette Bombardier, an accessories designer shopping the sale. “It’s the end of an era. But Mugler isn’t the same any more.” Dominique le Couturier, television producer, had to admit she’s not surprised the house is closing. “It doesn’t correspond to the image of the modern women anymore,” she said. “It became too sophisticated: fashion for women on a pedestal.” Still, a bargain’s a bargain: Prices start at about $30. The sale, now open to the public, runs through Saturday.
@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