BIRD CALL: Sigerson Morrison shoes might be full of girlish charms, but their price tags aren’t the best for a girlish budget. Now the line has a cool kid sister called Belle, which will make its L.A. debut at Tracy...
BIRD CALL: Sigerson Morrison shoes might be full of girlish charms, but their price tags aren’t the best for a girlish budget. Now the line has a cool kid sister called Belle, which will make its L.A. debut at Tracy Wilkinson’s Mon Petit Oiseau show Thursday. The match was made just three weeks ago when Wilkinson was in New York pulling shoes for her show. Unfortunately, no shoes were ready for models to wear, so production in Italy was rushed to completion in two weeks.
PLANET HOLLYWOOD: It wouldn’t be a fashion week anywhere these days without the requisite celeb, and the Los Angeles shows are no exception. Gore Vidal, Sheryl Crow and Scott Weiland are among the VIPs turning out for their pals this week. At Sunday night’s kickoff at Smashbox Studios, Mimi Rogers brought her daughter Lucy to her first show, Alvin Valley; and later Björk sent photographers into a tizzy when she came out to support pals As Four and Jeremy Scott, as did actress Ann Magnuson and artist Kenny Scharff (“I just live next door, so I couldn’t exactly not come,” he remarked). And those ubiquitous Hilton sisters dressed as Bo Peep and a sheep for Scott’s reprise of his “Sexhibition” installment.
WESTWARD BOUND: Location, location, location. Why else does anyone move to Los Angeles? If you ask jewelry wiz Tom Binns, he’ll tell you: love. “I’ve come here looking for love and a tan. Who meets women in New York?” Binns checked into the Chateau Marmont last week after filling a moving van with the jewelry, artwork and belongings that made up his 15 years in New York. His adjustment to California life includes getting a cellular phone, taking some behind-the-wheel refresher courses, and shopping around for a new home and studio. “I’m getting some sun as we speak,” said the native Englishman as he drove around with a real estate broker, “and getting the hang of the L.A. lifestyle.”CLAD RAGS: Fashion Week got under way early with a cocktail meet-’n’-greet last Thursday night hosted by the Coalition of Los Angeles Designers — aka CLAD. Nearly all of its 20 members furnished the hillside, midcentury apartment at the Chateau Marmont with racks and tables showing their spring collections. “We opted out of doing a fashion show this time, and I think it may have actually worked out better,” said Darren Gold, CLAD president and an owner of contemporary brand Mhope. “It was a way more intimate experience between the members and media and buyers. And a lot more fun.”
Meanwhile, CLAD isn’t the only fashion concern setting up shop at the landmark Chateau this week. So what if the Sunset Boulevard address is a bit of a haul from the action downtown and in Culver City? Australian phenom Sass and Bade designers Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton held a tea there Monday afternoon. Later in the evening, Mercedes-Benz Shows LA was hosting its kickoff cocktail party there. And Duran Duran’s John Taylor is introducing his Savile Row tailor Spencer Hart to Hollywood at the Chateau Thursday evening.
GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: Can L.A. Fashion Week’s two tribes play nice? Fern Mallis of 7th on Sixth and Dean Factor — the chieftains, respectively, of the competing events Mercedes-Benz Shows LA and SmashboxFashion
WeekLosAngeles — shook hands for the first time on Saturday night. The moment at the Little Black Dress benefit at the Pacific Design Center didn’t go unnoticed. The buzz about the dueling venues — and the barbs played out in the press —is a hot topic between shows. Those hoping for a bit of drama, however, would have been disappointed. Maybe it was the neutral ground, or the fact that many of the 45 designers, from Richard Tyler to Rebecca Rich, who donated black gowns to the event’s auction for Stop Cancer, were there, but diplomacy was the order of the night. “We’re definitely competing for shows,” said Factor. “But, at the end of the day, the competition makes it a better Fashion Week for the city. It adds another element to raise the bar. It’s just business. This may sound crazy, but, in my opinion, we need 7th on Sixth and Smashbox here. I just hope we can work on a better schedule next time so that no designer gets cheated.”A STAR IS BORN?: The runways aren’t the only place buyers and editors can scope out the next big thing this week. Try the temporary Henri Bendel salon at the Standard Hotel Downtown Wednesday between 9 a.m. and noon, where dozens of hopefuls — weighed down with their beauty, accessories and apparel samples — are sure to be lined up waiting to wow buyers of the New York retailer.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)