BLISSED OUT?: It looks like luxury giant LVMH may have finally found a buyer for Bliss. According to a Paris source, the beauty empire founded by Marcia Kilgore in 1996 is about to be acquired by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Further...
BLISSED OUT?: It looks like luxury giant LVMH may have finally found a buyer for Bliss. According to a Paris source, the beauty empire founded by Marcia Kilgore in 1996 is about to be acquired by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Further details could not be learned and Kilgore could not be reached. An LVMH spokesman would not comment on the rumor. LVMH snatched up BlissWorld LLC in 1999 for an estimated $30 million as part of an acquisitions spree. Bliss now boasts three day spas — two in New York, one in London — a catalogue business, two product lines and an outpost at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. LVMH has disposed of several brands over the past year, including Hard Candy and Urban Decay cosmetics, Hine cognac and Canard-Duchene champagne, to focus on its top names.
COLD FEET: Songbird Ashanti felt the chill Wednesday night when minutes away from going on stage to perform live at Rockefeller Center's tree lighting the zipper on her fur broke. Panicked, she frantically yelled over to her publicist to call Saks Fifth Avenue immediately — she needed to borrow a fur. Saks sprung into action and turned the fur salon into a virtual showroom for her publicist,manager (her mom), dad and several bodyguards to peruse the highly secured area. Within minutes, her team was back across the street with an expensive white Berger Christensen fur for the diva to perform in.
MENDING MENICHETTI: After more than a yearand a half away from fashion, Roberto Menichetti is gearing up to launch his own collection for fall 2004, according to an industry source. Reached by phone, a spokeswoman for the Italian designer declined comment. The enigmatic designer has held stints at Jil Sander, Burberry Prorsum and most recently Cerruti. He left the Fin.part-controlled company in March 2002, just six months after being named creative director. Since leaving Cerruti, Menichetti has said that he wanted to venture out on his own with a namesake collection. His family owns a manufacturing plant in Gubbio, Umbria, but it could not be learned if it would be producing the collection or if Menichetti was working with outside partners.CLOSE SHAVE: Ralph Rucci has gone for a New Year’s look a bit early. The designer popped up in Paris this week with a new, clean-shaven style that had many doing a double-take.
Herewith, the moustache mystery solved: “I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror, during dinner last month, and it hit me, — that line doesn’t work; it’s too Eighties,” explained the Chado designer. “I had it for 24 years and got used to the idea of thinking it was attractive. But that idea expired. I shaved it only to look new, but everyone says I seem 10 years younger.” Rucci also noted that sometimes all his dark long hair, scruffy unshaven look and moustache could be intimidating. “It seems now people are more comfortable with me.”
GORKY PARK: As the sole performer in “Dark Angel: The Double Life of Arshile Gorky,” a one-woman show with four characters, Nouritza Matossian doesn’t have time for quick costume changes. Moreover, the late Abstract Expressionist’s tangled biographical tale — as told onstage by his mother, sister, lover and wife — is far from light.
Despite this week’s shows being her first in the U.S., Matossian is sticking with her pomegranate-colored sleeveless silk dress and a Liberty of London apricot-colored scarf — shades that work into the artist’s palette. The apricot number doubles as a babushka, sarong, apron and pashmina depending on the character, and eventually symbolizes the book Matossian wrote about Gorky. A retrospective of his work is at the Whitney through Feb. 15.
Monday night’s audience at the Lion Theater seemed more intrigued by the story than the clothes. Matossian recounted how Gorky was mute until the age of six, ate grass and boiled shoes to survive during the 1915 Armenian Holocaust, eventually escaped to New York, lost all his work in a fire, and braved cancer then a debilitating neck injury before committing suicide in 1948. Costumes? What costumes?
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye