Fashion Scoops: Big Spender … Dateline Milan … Mum’s Not the Word …
BIG SPENDER: Sean "Puffy" Combs certainly knows how to throw a good party and he’s sparing no expense when it comes to his show Saturday night at Harry Cipriani 42nd Street. Word is the designer plans to spend close to $2 million on the event,...
BIG SPENDER: Sean "Puffy" Combs certainly knows how to throw a good party and he’s sparing no expense when it comes to his show Saturday night at Harry Cipriani 42nd Street. Word is the designer plans to spend close to $2 million on the event, which will include a glimpse of his first-ever women’s wear. While Combs’ camp is keeping mum on the details, the mogul clearly wants good attendance: he was working the phones himself this week calling key editors to make sure they would be attending. Such spending isn’t new for Combs, though; he was said to spend $1.5 million on last season’s runway extravaganza.
DATELINE MILAN: The international fashion pack still awaits a final runway calendar for Milan before making their travel plans. But here’s one solid date: Tom Ford will help kick the Italian collections into high gear on Feb. 27, when he hosts a cocktail party to fete the new Yves Saint Laurent store on Via Montenapoleone.
MUM’S NOT THE WORD: Howard Rubenstein clued in 125 movers and shakers Wednesday, including Henry Kissinger, David Dinkins, Lachlan Murdoch and Jeanette Wagner, about how to deal with "Crisis Communications: Surviving Bad News." His advice? "Don’t lie; don’t take a bunker mentality; don’t say ‘No comment;’ don’t fight with reporters; don’t bad-mouth people, especially at cocktail parties; don’t be arrogant even though you’re successful."
During the Q&A after the breakfast at the 21 Club, Rubenstein begged off questions about Martha Stewart, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Dominick Dunne and the Catholic Church due to professional conflicts or personal ties (and some of whom clearly don’t listen to his advice). To which, an attendee piped up, "I thought you said, ‘No, No comment.’" Rubenstein laughed, "That’s my son."
Dinkins said Bill Rudin’s routine response for pesky reporters is, "No comment and don’t quote me."
The former mayor inquired about getting a glimpse of postmortem publicity. "Is it possible to go see your obituary?" Dinkins asked. "I’m told they have them. The first paragraph will describe all your negatives. When you get to be a certain age, you start to be concerned about these things."Kissinger offered, "They have them. The question is will they let you see them."
PARIS MATCH: Is there more to the new unauthorized biography of Bernard Arnault than meets the eye? In his explosively titled book, "Angel Exterminator," author Airy Routier acknowledges in the very first sentence that many will assume the book is a paid missive from François Pinault, the archrival of Arnault. Readers will ultimately decide, but in the introduction, Routier acknowledges he’s had conversations with many of Pinault’s deputies and once took advantage of Pinault’s private jet to attend the funeral of a mutual friend. The author, a journalist at the news weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, also devotes an entire chapter to a report by a private investigator who looked into Arnault’s financial dealings at LVMH. Routier says in the book the investigator was paid by Pinault and that the document landed on his desk. By accident?
CAFE SOCIETY: It’s not every day you see male go-go dancers frolicking amongst the tables at La Palette on Paris’s Left Bank. But they were spicing things up Thursday afternoon when Celine unveiled its "Macadam" collection inspired by the streets of Paris. The limited-edition items, including three handbags, a cap and a vest, are slated to arrive in Celine stores in April. But among the first to wear the denim twill pieces was up-and-coming French actress Emma de Caunes, also on hand as female eye candy.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@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)