Fashion Scoops: Beyonce Knows … Imitation of Oops … Mad for Mary-Kate …
BEYONCE KNOWS: Women have always loved Oscar de la Renta, and these days, his smitten admirers just keep getting younger, hipper and ever so glam. Word has it that the dazzling Beyoncé Knowles will officially...
BEYONCE KNOWS: Women have always loved Oscar de la Renta, and these days, his smitten admirers just keep getting younger, hipper and ever so glam. Word has it that the dazzling Beyoncé Knowles will officially join the Oscar Adoration Club today, when she takes her mega star wattage to the designer’s front row.
IMITATION OF OOPS: Almost 20 minutes after showgoers, including Maya Rudolph and Chloë Sevigny, had cleared out of Imitation of Christ’s show at Lever House, a glass lightbox that was part of a Damien Hirst installation fell to the floor and broke. The lightbox was one of six printed with a colorful assortment of pills for the British artist’s work titled “The Pharmaceutical Windows.” According to a witness who was standing close by, no one knocked over the box. Apparently the structure was wobbly and another lightbox in the installation had already cracked while being shipped from London. Designer Tara Subkoff was busy being interviewed by Jeannie Beker when it happened. “It was kind of scary,” said the show producer Mandie Erickson. “But that’s why you take out a lot of insurance when you have a show.”
MAD FOR MARY-KATE: “Don’t call her Ashley. She’ll get mad,” warned photographers being shooed away from Mary-Kate Olsen at the Imitation of Christ show in the glassed-in lobby of Lever House. Well, no matter— the red-headed half of the Olsen twins wasn’t talking to the press anyway. Although it should be said that Olsen was terribly polite and even apologetic. “I’m sorry. I’m not really answering questions,” she said. Post-show, a rowdy crowd of the aggressive paparazzi surged around Olsen, her friend, and a bodyguard before the trio reached their waiting black SUV and made their getaway.
TALLEY TELLS ALL: It was not a great start to fashion week for Vogue’s André Leon Talley. At Baby Phat on Saturday night, his first show of the season, Talley was refused entry at the door moments before Usher and his entourage had no problem getting in. “It was out of control,” he said at the Tracy Reese show Sunday. “It’s just not about the clothes anymore, it’s all about a party now. I don’t see how they can expect a professional to go all the way downtown on a Saturday night and get treated that way. I will not go [to another Baby Phat show] unless it’s at the tents and it’s at 7 p.m.” After a “brisk bodyguard” told him to wait on line with the other show revelers, Talley left and found refuge at Zac Posen’s showroom, where he saw a preview of the fall collection. “At least I saw fashion, and at least I got in.”DEJA VU: Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo of “The House of Sand and Fog” and “24” said the New York shows remind her of the Iranian fashion scene from 30 years ago. “It’s deja vu for me,” observed Aghdashloo from the front row of the Tracy Reese show on Sunday morning. “Iran used to have a great fashion scene.” While she was happy to talk about her favorite designers and said she planned to hit the Diane von Furstenberg show later on Sunday, Aghdashloo’s eyes really lit up when discussing the the book “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi which has been on the best-seller list this year. “It’s a beautiful story — she is Iran’s Jane Austen,” gushed Aghdashloo who wore a cream Reese suit with a vintage pearl brooch. Among other celebs packing Reese’s show were Ivana Ma and Maria Boren of last season’s “The Apprentice” as well as Bethany Joy Lenz, the actress and singer who is hitting her first round of shows this season. Lenz revealed she is readying for a 23-city tour with singers Gavin DeGraw and Michelle Branch. “The shows are a little fun before I go,” said Lenz, who sported black leather pants, a Bebe sweater and a Ralph Lauren scarf.
BABY’S SO FINE: Anyone who thought — or hoped — the bling era was over would be sorely disappointed based on what was happening at Baby Phat Saturday night. Backstage, Tommy Hilfiger announced that he’ll be launching fine jewelry under the Karl Lagerfeld brand but didn’t pinpoint when. “We want to strategize and do it right,” he said. Meanwhile, his 15-year-old son Rich and his music group “The Paper Boys” said they want in on the action, too. The three teens, dressed in pink H outfits and flashy Jacob & Co. pendants, plan to tour this summer and then “we want to do a watch line,” said Rich. In the front row, Paula Abdul said she was working with M. Fabrikant & Sons on a new fine jewelry collection to be launched midseason of “American Idol.” (Fabrikant is partners in Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons’ Simmons Jewelry Co.). The reality show star and singer already has a diamond collection, Innergy, with Sam’s Club, but she said the new project “will be more me.” Finally, Kimora Lee took her bow wearing a giant Hello Kitty pendant necklace from her new Hello Kitty Collection by Kimora Lee Simmons, a fine jewelry line featuring the cat and licensed by Sanrio.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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