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.
@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