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.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim