Fashion Scoops: Bello Brody … Fashion Piracy … When In Rome
BELLO BRODY: Fashion just can’t get enough of the slim and seductive Adrien Brody. After doing a full-court press at the Ermenegildo Zegna booth at Pitti Uomo last week in Florence, the Oscar winner headed north to sit front row at...
BELLO BRODY: Fashion just can’t get enough of the slim and seductive Adrien Brody. After doing a full-court press at the Ermenegildo Zegna booth at Pitti Uomo last week in Florence, the Oscar winner headed north to sit front row at the Fendi spring men’s show in Milan Wednesday. Zegna might have discovered him first and made him the exclusive face of its ad campaigns, but since his Academy Award win for best actor this year, he’s been anointed the new darling of men’s fashion. “It’s been interesting, all the attention from the fashion world — I’m flattered,” Brody said backstage at Fendi, with his mom by his side. “I’m quite thin and so I think it’s very convenient, because I fit easily into sample sizes.”
His model size, however, could change if he stays too long in Italy. “I’m really enjoying the food and the company,” he said.
Over the weekend, Brody visited a friend at Lake Como before heading down to Milan to spend time with the Fendi clan, where dinner conversation revolved around Cinecittà and Federico Fellini. “I’m a huge Fellini fan — his work is so powerful and surreal,” Brody said. Although his trip this time around was too short for any sightseeing, Fendi creative director Silvia Venturini is already planning Brody’s next trip to the Bel Paese. “Next time he’s in Italy, I’ll take him to Rome,” Venturini said. “There we’ll visit the legendary Cinecittà studios together.”
Meanwhile, Dior president Sidney Toledano was moonlighting in broad daylight Wednesday, also in the front row at Fendi. As reported, Toledano has been tapped to oversee the strategy of the Rome-based fashion house, while maintaining his Dior duties. He’s still learning the ropes, and has yet to comment on his intentions for the Italian house. And Wednesday night, he was jetting back to Paris to get ready for the Dior Homme show Monday and couture July 7.
FASHION PIRACY: Did the Internet make Winona Ryder do it? Sony of America chief Sir Howard Stringer is willing to consider that the actress’ five-finger discount at Saks was inspired in part by the “anything goes” attitude surrounding the music and movies business in which they both make their living. During a breakfast panel Wednesday sponsored in part by The New Yorker, Stringer offered, “Piracy is theft. Like shoplifting. Just like a certain actress who wandered all over Hollywood.”“Did you decline to name her because she’s been in Sony pictures?” interrupted moderator and New Yorker writer Ken Auletta.
Stringer retorted with a smile, “She probably stole from the set. She should have used the Internet defense — ‘I downloaded some music this morning, a movie in the afternoon and I thought I’d pick up a few outfits. The day was going great until I was arrested.’”
WHEN IN ROME: Yves Saint Laurent may have retired from the couture, but his fashion designs are still in hot demand. WWD has learned that next spring will see the opening of a major YSL exhibition in Rome at the Villa Medici museum. It will be curated by former couture chief Pierre Bergé, who is also at work with Saint Laurent converting its former Avenue Marceau headquarters into a YSL Museum. It’s slated to open at the end of the year.
ELTON’S FEELING AB FAB: After a walk-on role in “Will & Grace,” Sir Elton John has developed something of a penchant for the small screen. The star is set to make a cameo appearance in “Absolutely Fabulous.” Sir Elton, a huge fan of the show, will appear alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. But his singing career isn’t over yet: He has told producers he is keen to perform a couple of his big hits.
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
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye