Fashion Scoops: Biding His Time … Mistaken Identity … Hughes Clothes-Minded
BIDING HIS TIME: Azzedine Alaia, famous for his snail's-pace approach to the harried fashion business, never wears a watch. Which is why it's a surprise to see his name appear in an advertising campaign in Europe for Blancpain, one of Swatch's upscale...
BIDING HIS TIME: Azzedine Alaia, famous for his snail's-pace approach to the harried fashion business, never wears a watch. Which is why it's a surprise to see his name appear in an advertising campaign in Europe for Blancpain, one of Swatch's upscale brands. The ad quotes Alaia saying: "Tonight, time does not exist for me." Alaia said he met officials from Blancpain by chance at a restaurant in Milan, who asked him for some bon mots. He obliged, since he admires their designs. Alaia said he wasn't paid, but was promised one of their chronographs in exchange. What will he do with it, considering he's not exactly fond of being prompt? "I'm not sure," he said. "I'll see when I get it." Meanwhile, asked if he has finally fixed a time during couture week in Paris to show his next collection, Alaia had to laugh. "How about I tell you next week?" he offered.MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Unionists and others charging Gucci's parent company, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, with paying sweatshop wages in Asia for its catalog arm might consider a crash course in Fashion 101. Last week, protesters in front of the Gucci boutique on Sloane Street in London wore masks that made them resemble Stella McCartney and Tom Ford, whom they described as the "two top designers" of the Gucci brand. Oops. Of course, Ford is the creative director of Gucci, while McCartney has her own collection under the Gucci Group umbrella. In any case, PPR maintains that its suppliers must comply with its code of conduct and local labor regulations. The protests in Europe are viewed as pressure tactics by UNITE, which is seeking to unionize PPR's Brylane facility in Indianapolis.RSVP: The party for fashion and celebrity photographer Rankin on Wednesday at Engine Company 31 is sure to be a fashion-packed affair. But the guests generating the most buzzare the Osbournes, slated to make an appearance at the photographer's first-ever U.S. exhibition. So the hue of the evening will be blue, to match Ozzy's oaths.TOUR DE FORCE: She wore Dolce & Gabbana for "The Mary Tour" two years ago and helped boost Catherine Malandrino's profile by sporting her clothes last year. But when Mary J. Blige returns to the stage this summer, she'll be wearing Plein Sud. According to a spokeswoman for the label, Blige met designer Faycal Amor in London in April at its store opening party and became an instant disciple of the label. Amor designed her ensemble for the VH1 Divas Las Vegas concert last month and now also has designed the wardrobe for Blige's latest tour, kicking off in Los Angeles on Sunday.HUGHES CLOTHES-MINDED: Figure-skater Sarah Hughes, the golden girl of the Salt Lake Winter Olympics, is warming up to Seventh Avenue. She declared her "love" for fashion Thursday night at a party celebrating the 25 most influential names in figure skating. Clutching a Christian Dior handbag and dressed in a Max Mara skirt and a Juicy Couture tank, Hughes said designers have approached her, but Giorgio Armani is the only one who has sent her some clothes."But if I don't wear them, I don't get to keep them," the 17-year-old said.Hughes, already a General Electric spokeswoman, recently added Campbell Soup to her endorsement portfolio, but hasn't signed any deals with apparel companies.Kristi Yamaguchi upstaged Hughes at the event at Loews 34th Street Cineplex, by being named "the most influential person in figure skating," but Yamaguchi missed the event. She was cheering on her husband, Carolina Panther hockey player Brett Hedican, in the Stanley Cup finals.MAY DAY: May Co. is getting serious about fashion, particularly that of its own making. For the first time, the St. Louis-based department store operator on Thursday will stage a fall preview fashion show of its private label fashions, developed by the in-house design team. None other than May Co. chief executive officer Gene Kahn, a merchant at heart, will host the event, set for Cipriani on 42nd Street. As far as fashion, May Co. has always been in the mainstream, but now executives are promising styles that are distinctive.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)