Fashion Scoops: Blonde Ambition … Birds of a Feather … Presley Power …
BLONDE AMBITION: There’s a new calm attitude chez Versace these days. The ultrasvelte Donatella clocks in every morning by 10, getting straight to work. She’s also changing her collection m.o. just a bit. In addition to...
BLONDE AMBITION: There’s a new calm attitude chez Versace these days. The ultrasvelte Donatella clocks in every morning by 10, getting straight to work. She’s also changing her collection m.o. just a bit. In addition to showing only Versace and not Versus, she has not invited a single celebrity to grace her front row on Friday night, and has ditched her traditional post-show megafete. “I went back and forth about celebrities, but decided that I really want to focus on the clothes only,” Versace said Wednesday. “Besides, there were enough stars in New York.” After the show, an intimate dinner for 40 or so at her apartment will replace the traditional bacchanalian festivities.
Other changes are in the works as well, including refocusing and renaming the house’s secondary lines under a new, to-be-determined label, and moving the design staff from Via Gesu to expanded quarters at the company’s headquarters on Via Manzoni, with Gesu being converted to a showroom. “After the departure of Tom and Dom, everybody kept looking to us for news,” said a staffer. “Now we really have a lot going on.”
BIRDS OF A FEATHER: It looks like Daphne Guinness, a recent contributor to Tatler magazine, has landed a bigger fashion assignment. Way bigger. Word has it the ultrachic brewery heiress has been tapped by François Henri Pinault as a special fashion consultant for Gucci Group. The scope of her responsibilities could not immediately be learned, but it is understood she will lend her unerring eye to various brands. She’s certainly no stranger to many in the group, as she counts Alexander McQueen among her London friends. Neither Guinness nor Pinault’s representatives could be reached for comment.
PRESLEY POWER: Dolce & Gabbana made their fair share of Elvis references at their D&G show Tuesday. Word has it the duo might be ready to focus their attention on the women in the King’s life. The designers are said to be reuniting Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and her daughter, Riley Keough, who last season walked the runway for the designing pair. The three are expected to sit front and center at the show Friday and attend an evening party at Dolce & Gabbana’s new Via Della Spiga flagship to celebrate a limited-edition tome called “Music,” featuring photos of musicians wearing the designer label through the years.DRESS CODE: Karl Lagerfeld’s request that photographers wear black suits and white shirts to his Chanel show next week in Paris is irking many a tripod holder, with some calling for a strike — and others holding out for free clothes. “If he gives me a suit, I’ll wear it,” said Bruno Rinaldi, a shutterbug for Italian Vogue who bears a passing resemblance to Jerry Garcia. For now, he’s mulling the prospect of turning up for the show in an English derby to protest: “That I have to go out and buy a jacket and pants for this is just wrong,” he said at the Fendi show Wednesday. Pit regular Dan Lecca went further, calling the request “a little fascist.” Besides, he’s not sold on the suggested attire, which Chanel says is to match the show decor. “I never wear a white shirt with a black suit because I look like a waiter,” he quipped. Still, not all paparazzi are convinced that Lagerfeld is out of line. “I think it’s wonderful,” said Steve Wood, a freelancer. “I think the photographers are the ones that were bringing the level of everything down. We might as well wear nice clothes.”
COSTUME DEPARTMENT: Dennis Hopper, in Milan for the presentation of Hogan — where his daughter Marin, the former Elle fashion editor, now works on special projects — also took time out to catch the Missoni show Wednesday morning. But he had movies on his mind. He’s about to direct “Genuine Article,” a “caper” starring Elizabeth Hurley. Could he be on the lookout for her wardrobe during Milan Fashion Week? “I’m always looking for costumes,” he said with a chuckle. “But I’m sure Liz Hurley will be looking on her own.”
CROWD CONTROL: Milan’s party scene kicked into high gear Tuesday night as Giorgio Armani hosted a Vanity Fair windup at his subterranean Armani Privé club. While designer Lawrence Steele was freaking out to Le Chic on the dance floor, Armani, dressed in a mandarin jacket, schmoozed a crowd thick with retail heavyweights. The possibility of rubbing elbows with a Guess girl at the firm’s hot-ticket 20th anniversary party across town caused a mob scene outside Spazio Strato. As the crowd to get in swelled, an impromptu street party got under way. So who needs Paris when you’ve got Milan?KEEPING IT SURREAL: Tod’s chief Diego Della Valle plans to entertain the fashion crowd Friday — and show off his latest wares — with a surreal presentation staged by Dante Ferretti and inspired by Giorgio De Chirico. The renowned set decorator, who collaborated with Della Valle last season in re-creating an Italian garden complete with statues, will reproduce some of the most famous Italian squares to reinforce the company’s link with the “Made in Italy” tradition.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.