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.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“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.