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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews