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.
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)