BECK COMES BACK: There must be a whiff of the good old days permeating the Versace offices. Madonna is the star of its ad campaign once again, and now it seems even Paul Beck is making a full-time return to the house. The company’s former publicity director and Donatella Versace’s former husband is said to be taking a post at the in-house press office that Versace plans to open in New York next month. It’s unclear whether Beck will head up the office, but a source close to the company said it would be more of an ambassadorial role, and Beck is expected to focus on the men’s division. One thing is certain: the move will enable Beck to keep a closer eye on the 50 percent stake in Versace owned by his daughter, Allegra, who is in the U.S. at college.
FASHION JACKPOT: The upscaling of Las Vegas is about to reach a new zenith. Developer Steve Wynn aims to bring Paris couture shows to his next property, the megaresort Wynn Las Vegas, slated to open April 28. “We would love to explore having couture in America,” Elaine Wynn, Steve’s wife and a director in the company, disclosed Wednesday at the Jean Paul Gaultier show. “Americans are curious and women do fantasize about these shows. We have some wonderful venues that would lend themselves.” Wynn said she envisions reprising shows from the biggest houses and newest designers fresh from Paris soon after the opening.
HAVING A BLAST: Rolf Snoeren and Viktor Horsting feted the launch of their first scent, Flowerbomb, in Paris’ ubertrendy Colette boutique on Wednesday. Surrounded by a bevy of friends and admirers, the Dutch duo reconfirmed their fragrance fascination. Snoeren said they’ve “just started” working on a men’s scent, due out in 2005 or sometime in 2006, and added that he and Horsting were even testing a new juice at the event.
THE FUR FLIES AT ISAAC: Isaac Mizrahi’s foray back into fashion is getting busier by the minute. First, there’s his collection for Target, then a made-to-order business exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and now a bridge line of shearlings and fur-trimmed outerwear. Mizrahi has signed a deal with Alixandre Furs, which already makes furs for the designer at the high end, to produce a better-priced line of outerwear. The concept, according to a source, mirrors the high-low theme that dominated Mizrahi’s show at Cipriani in June, in which he paired a $9.99 cotton tank top with a $20,000 ballgown skirt. The shearlings, which will include basic styles such as a peacoat and a jean-like jacket, are fashioned after styles similar to the ones Mizrahi designs for Target, while the outerwear pieces — a mink-trimmed cashmere piece, for instance — will be based on couture-like styling.TOMMY’S NO SHOW: Tommy Hilfiger is going to pass on New York Fashion Week this year and not hold a runway show for his fall collection. Hilfiger’s event is usually a celebrity magnet, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Lil’ Kim, The Black Eyed Peas and Ludacris were all in the front row of his spring show in September. The absence of an expensive show is in keeping with the company’s drive to cut costs. On Friday, Hilfiger laid out a restructuring plan that, in addition to shuttering its young men’s division, will cut 200 positions from its corporate ranks and save $40 million. The future of the H Hilfiger line, which was featured on the runway last season, is also in question given its poor performance in its first year of department store distribution.
HURLEY DIVES IN: Screen siren Elizabeth Hurley is revealing a bit more — at least about her new swimwear line, Elizabeth Hurley Beach. While the company was mum on most details, the first looks include a selection of brightly colored tunics, sarongs, terry cloth miniskirts, chiffon tops and linen pants, as well as bikinis, and many of the items are embellished with beads and semiprecious stones. There is also a selection of accessories, including a terry cloth beach hat and oversized beach bag. “I’ve been personally involved in every single aspect of this collection: design, fabrics, factories, fit, accessories, sales and promotion,” Hurley said in a statement. “I even went on a draconian diet to do the modeling.” Retail price points start at about $175, and the collection will hit stores in March exclusively at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and a few other locations worldwide.
HAND-ME-DOWNS: Ricky Clifton, the eccentric decorator and art-world darling, is sharing the wealth — sort of. In an effort to sell all the goodies he’s acquired over the years from Sotheby’s, Christie’s and the like, Clifton is hosting a yard sale at the Diane von Furstenberg Studio at 389 West 12th Street on Friday. The sale will feature furniture, rugs, lamps, textiles and artwork from the heady estate auctions of Doris Duke, Barbra Streisand and Jackie Onassis. Tonight, Clifton is throwing a cocktail preview in true tag-sale spirit by serving punch and beer on tap.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye