Fashion Scoops: Bernard Does Moscow … For Denise … Hold Your Horses …
BERNARD DOES MOSCOW: Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is skulking around Moscow on a secret trip, touring GUM galleria with the owners of Jamilco, proprietor of Moscow’s Dior and Hermès boutiques, and...
BERNARD DOES MOSCOW: Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, is skulking around Moscow on a secret trip, touring GUM galleria with the owners of Jamilco, proprietor of Moscow’s Dior and Hermès boutiques, and Bosco, proprietor of Moscow’s Givenchy and Kenzo boutiques. The Russian rumor mill has LVMH opening its own Louis Vuitton store — Russia’s first — in Moscow at the end of the year.FOR DENISE: Karl Lagerfeld perfectly captures the flaming hair and winning smile of Denise Dubois in his sketch of the former director of external relations at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. It graces invitations that arrived Wednesday for an upcoming party in honor of Dubois, who was asked to retire from the Chambre in March after more than three decades on the job. American editors and others had protested her exit with a letter-writing campaign during the ready-to-wear shows last March, but to no avail. Hosted by representatives from most major Paris houses, the fete takes place at the restaurant Tanjia in Paris on June 11.HOLD YOUR HORSES: “It’s too early to make speculations,” said Philipp Wolff, a spokesman for Hugo Boss AG, Wednesday, regarding the snowballing buzz about what led to Marty Staff’s paid administrative leave as chief executive officer of its American subsidiary, Hugo Boss USA, as well as that of chief financial officer Vincent Ottomanelli. “The company is involved in the normal process of an investigation and is not accusing anybody of anything until the investigation is concluded,” Wolff added.TO CATCH A THIEF: Jewelers on Place Vendôme and adjacent Rue de la Paix in Paris are on high-security alert after a series of dramatic jewel heists. Within the last week, two shops have been robbed during business hours, though no customers were hurt. On Saturday, two men made off with about $5.5 million in jewelry after they set off a tear-gas grenade in the shop, according to Paris police. Two armed men hit a jeweler on the Rue de la Paix late Tuesday afternoon, making off with about $275,000 worth of gems. No suspects have been arrested, but police have beefed up security in the area, which counts jewelers such as Boucheron, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Christian Dior.BABY BOOM: The house of Emanuel Ungaro will launch its first clothing collection for toddlers at next month’s Pitti Bimbo fair in Florence. Labeled “I Love Ungaro,” the line caters to children up to three years old. But since they do grow up fast, a larger offering for children up to 15 is already in the works.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.