Fashion Scoops: Au Contraire, Gray Lady … Lunching with the Regular People …
AU CONTRAIRE, GRAY LADY: An item in Tuesday’s New York Times suggested that, while correct in spirit, WWD was wrong in fact in reporting that Stefano Pilati’s debut Yves Saint Laurent collection tread a line “between...
AU CONTRAIRE, GRAY LADY: An item in Tuesday’s New York Times suggested that, while correct in spirit, WWD was wrong in fact in reporting that Stefano Pilati’s debut Yves Saint Laurent collection tread a line “between the Saint Laurent archive and mid-80’s 530 Seventh Avenue.” The Times put the address at 550 Seventh Avenue, and ran as evidence a Bill Cunningham photograph of a late-Sixties Norman Norell coat alongside a quite similar Pilati coat. Thanks for the directions, folks, but we meant what we said. 550 Seventh Avenue is the traditional residence of the elite of American design — Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, among others. On the other hand, Eighties-era 530 was populated by meat-and-potatoes types, many of whom churned out knock-offs of knock-offs of knock-offs.
But enough. We’ve made the point, as has the Times: Stefano’s first collection — not so hot. Which is not unusual under the circumstances. None other than Pilati’s predecessor, Tom Ford, called his own maiden Saint Laurent outing a mere palate-cleanser. And in Monday’s WWD, Marc Jacobs made a similar point about such first-collection futility. “You’re just settling in and clearing your thoughts,” he said. “You really get started with the second collection.” So enough with reviewing the reviews. Here’s to fall ’05 chez Saint Laurent.
LUNCHING WITH THE REGULAR PEOPLE: Speaking of 550 Seventh Avenue, seeing a First Lady or a potential one in the elevator there has become somewhat common these days, given the multiple appearances of Laura Bush and Teresa Heinz Kerry at campaign functions, both often wearing suits they picked up from Oscar de la Renta. But Heinz Kerry created quite a stir in the building on Tuesday morning, not when she turned up at de la Renta’s for a fitting, but rather when she stopped for a casual lunch at the New Star Deli — the same place where countless Garment Center workers pick up their coffee and muffins every morning. According to office workers who saw her munching away, there were security guards stationed at both the hot and cold food buffets. At least it wasn’t McDonald’s.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion