Fashion Scoops: Body Language … Quick-Change Artist … Sidelined …
BODY LANGUAGE: Sure the steamy, boudoir clothes at Yves Saint Laurent on Monday night grabbed attention. But all eyes also were trained on François Pinault, majority shareholder of Gucci Group, to see how he might react to Tom Ford’s...
BODY LANGUAGE: Sure the steamy, boudoir clothes at Yves Saint Laurent onMonday night grabbed attention. But all eyes also were trained on François Pinault, majority shareholder of Gucci Group, to see how he might react to Tom Ford’s latest creations amid the endless speculation that Ford and Gucci Group boss Domenico De Sole could bolt next year if their autonomy isn’t honored by Pinault. After the show, Pinault sped backstage and embraced Ford warmly. It was a Kodak moment. Those looking for clues earlier in the day were interested to see Pinault and De Sole flank to flank in the front row at Stella McCartney. They smiled for photos and chatted. What about? "We talked about a lot of things," De Sole said. "We’re friends. We’re not enemies."
QUICK-CHANGE ARTIST: Maryvonne Pinault, wife of François Pinault, is a hyper-discreet presence on the fashion scene, shunning publicity and dressing in quiet fashions. But she attended Stella McCartney and Chanel back-to-back Monday morning in completely different outfits. "No, it’s not what you think," she said later at Yves Saint Laurent, explaining the switch from a burgundy dress to black leather jacket in under an hour. "Really, it’s just that I live close by, and I was cold."
SIDELINED: There are few major celebrities in Paris as fashion week winds down. But no matter: Supermodels of yore are keeping the paparazzi snapping. Kate Moss made two more front-row appearances on Monday, for Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton, while Linda Evangelista and Nadja Auermann fought through battalions of cameramen to get to their seats at Chanel. Auermann was, in fact, on the catwalk Sunday night at the Y-3 show. "But no one probably noticed, because they put a hat on me," she said with a laugh.
Evangelista, who made a catwalk comeback for Dolce & Gabbana during Milan Fashion Week, quickly realized that the runway is easier to negotiate than the crush of editors and buyers on its perimeter. "Is that what you have to go through to get into these shows?" she asked incredulously. Once settled, however, she was tickled to see legendary model Pat Cleveland grooving down the Chanel catwalk, led by her children Anna and Noel. "She’s so genius," Evangelista said of the eldest Cleveland. "I love the spirit of her. She’s like a 16-year-old."
FASHION FAITHFULL: Marianne Faithfull has been recharging her batteries with a little fashion, attending Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney and Chanel. Back in Paris after completing a tour, Faithful just started writing new material. And she said it won’t be as lighthearted as what’s been coming down the runways. "It’s going to be a little dark this time," she said on the sidelines of the McCartney show. "With everything that’s going on in the world right now, I think it should be." Meanwhile, actress Thandie Newton, also front row, said she traveled from London Sunday afternoon to support Stella, too. "It’s great when you love the clothes your friends design," she said.
INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUTE: At the Valentino show on Monday afternoon, Suzy Menkes, fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, was approached by a Paris fashion student, who breathlessly asked, "Can I have your autograph? I read you all the time!" Suzy happily obliged. "Fame at last," she uttered later. Can a fan club be far behind? You never know. Menkes is the subject of a six-page feature in this week’s issue of The New Yorker.
TEST DRIVE: Louis Vuitton honcho Yves Carcelle had his wife Rebecca draped in jewels on Monday for the Vuitton show. But there’s a hitch: She has to give them back. "It’s a prototype," she explained, clutching a panda-shaped pendant studded with diamonds and multicolored sapphires. The quirky necklace was inspired by Vuitton’s collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The final design is expected to hit Vuitton stores later this year, priced at about $9,000 to $11,000.
BOB DU JOUR: She may be one of the iconic figures in French film, but some people found it hard to recognize actress Catherine Deneuve as she waited outside the Louis Vuitton show Monday, smoking cigarettes. "It must be my new haircut," quipped Deneuve to one friend, who almost walked right past her. "I’ve just cut it all off." The short Twenties-inspired coif, Deneuve explained, is for her latest film project, based on the life of Sigmund Freud, which starts shooting in Vienna this month. "Some actresses get all funny about their hair," said Deneuve. "They want to wear a wig or something. I couldn’t care a bit. I’ll do anything for an interesting role."
LADY IN RED: Delphine Arnault, the towering, chic daughter of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman Bernard Arnault, made a surprise front-row appearance at Valentino Monday afternoon, seated next to Matteo Marzotto, whose company bought Valentino last June. A year ago, LVMH was considered among the potential suitors for Valentino, but Arnault seemed nonplussed by the fuss about her presence. "I sometimes go to other shows," she said. "I don’t have any Valentino dresses, but I think they’re great."
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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye