Fashion Scoops: Blackout … Wek This Way … Extra, Valextra …
BLACKOUT: Color in springtime? Who needs it? That seems to be the case in Paris, where stars attending this week’s Paris Film Festival are rediscovering the power of the little black dress. On opening night, Monica Bellucci, star of...
BLACKOUT: Color in springtime? Who needs it? That seems to be the case in Paris, where stars attending this week’s Paris Film Festival are rediscovering the power of the little black dress. On opening night, Monica Bellucci, star of Frederic Schoendoerffer’s “Secret Agents,” showed off her curves in a sliver of silk by Christian Dior, while Elsa Zylberstein made her entrance on Karl Lagerfeld’s arm in a black satin Chanel. Charlize Theron was attending the French premier of “Monster” in another part of town, but she got the fashion memo: She went for a sleek a black Dior number, topped with a black leather jacket. The festival closes Tuesday.
WEK THIS WAY: For boosters of Los Angeles Fashion Week, the sight Tuesday night of a bona fide supermodel on a runway served as another sign of validation for the fledgling showcase. And the packed house showed its appreciation, loudly, when out walked Alek Wek, along with five other models flown in from New York for the Custo Barcelona presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios. An L.A.-runway first for the quirky Spanish brand, which introduced the collection in New York, the show sent photographers into a flashing frenzy by attracting the week’s first substantial batch of celebs — Taryn Manning, Jack Osbourne, Djimon Hounsou, Amy Smart and Nicky Hilton. “I used to do the little downtown shows here years ago, and I can’t believe how far they’ve come,” gushed model-turned-actress Jennifer Gimenez. But designer Custo Dalmau, who hits town every couple of months, has more on his mind than advancing the runway cause: He’s set to decide on one of three locations under consideration for the brand’s first Los Angeles door. “If we are lucky, we will open a store here by September,” promises Dalmau.
EXTRA, VALEXTRA: With Customs agents cracking down on exotic skin imports into the U.S., more than a handful of fashion companies have been coming up with creative means of transporting samples into the U.S. A lot of talk at a dinner party at Da Silvano in New York on Tuesday night, hosted by Massimo Suppancig, chief executive officer of Valextra, centered on just how the company managed to bring its $20,000 pink crocodile bag to Bergdorf Goodman for a 10-day sales event. It turns out a staff member carried the bag on the plane as if it were her personal bag, only to face an unexpected adventure of avoiding spilled red wine and coffee stains during the duration of the flight. Valextra sold 30 of its luxury handbags during the 10-day event, making it worth the effort.Another endangered species — the smoker — had less luck at the event. As guests like Milly de Cabrol, Anne McNally, Nicoletta Santoro, Gigi Mortimer, Marisa Noel Brown and Fabien Basabe looked on, Rena Sindi and Ann Jones repeatedly defied New York’s smoking ban, lighting up several times only to have their cigarettes ripped from their hands by the restaurant staff.
PAN HANDLERS: With National Tartan Week, Scotland’s annual marketing promotion, under way, there was bound to be another round of placing men in uncomfortable situations for the sake of publicity, and Monday night was a case in point when Rufus Albemarle, Mipam Thurman, Tim Schifter, Charles Askegaard and several other New Yorkers took part in a “Man with a Pan” cooking class sponsored by Dewar’s at Marquee.
“I get to wear my kilt,” said Eric Villency, who was assigned to a team working on appetizers under the direction of Aquavit’s Marcus Samuelsson.
“This time, he’s wearing the skirt and I’m wearing the pants,” pointed out his companion, Olivia Chantecaille.
The results of the assorted chefs were somewhat questionable, with few takers for a dessert prepared by Askegaard and Andrew Bolton, associate curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose main responsibility was chopping bananas. Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee and Anna Sui had turned out to cheer him on, but once the dish was completed with a heavy dose of chocolate pudding — which one guest described as “looking like horse manure” — most of them headed for dinner at a restaurant down the street.
THE BRIT IS COMING? Perched front and center at the Lloyd Klein show, fuchsia-coiffed designer Zandra Rhodes hinted that she might show in Los Angeles next season: “I’ll see what happens. California is such a strategic position and I’ve been getting more and more interest in my clothes. They’re very light and floaty, ideal for this area, anyway!” At least one thing is certain: Rhodes’ past work is a hot commodity on the local vintage market. “If I hadn’t saved my clothes when I first started, I certainly couldn’t afford to buy them back!” she laughed.
@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
@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)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)