BOOK SMARTS:Reed Krakoff is adding yet another title to his name. The president and executive creative director of Coach has become a publisher. Krakoff hosted a party on Monday night at Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate the launch of his second tome, "Lalanne," which he worked on in collaboration with New York gallery owner Paul Kasmin and London gallery owner Ben Brown to feature the work of French artists Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. The book, which will be distributed by D.A.P., is in anticipation of the Lalannes' first solo exhibition in the U.S. in 15 years. It opens at the Paul Kasmin Gallery on Thursday. "I have been a fan of the Lalannes' work for a long time," said Krakoff, who attended the event with his wife, Delphine, who is expecting their third child in December. "Working on a book about the artists allows me to really get to know the work, and in turn, it always leads to something in my work."
Krakoff said the Lalannes' use of handworked metals has been his latest inspiration, which he already put to use creating a sleeve for a limited-edition version of the book to be sold at Bergdorf's. The sleeve is designed from a python that is finished with a bronze sheen. It will encase 10 books to be sold at $895.
TO A T: Craving an original Francisco Costa design without worrying whether it will fit? Thursday night's Fashion for Action benefit's silent auction will include original artwork of the limited-edition T-shirt design that the Calvin Klein Collection designer — an honorary chair of Housing Works — created for the occasion. Also for sale: a Stephen Burrows bias-cut silk chiffon gown, a Marc Jacobs purse, a Carla Closet consultation, a haircut with Gabriel at the John Sahag Workshop and a three-night stay at the Loews Miami Beach. Thursday kicks off the five-day event, the remainder of which will be devoted to a sale of designer clothing from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Valentino and (of course) Calvin Klein, at up to 90 percent off retail. All proceeds go to Housing Works.LEGEND IN THE MAKING: Even Chelsea Clinton understands the importance of impressing a new boss. Clinton, who was scheduled to join the Movado Group for a luncheon Tuesday at New York's Per Se honoring ballerina Kathryn Morgan as one of its Future Legends, dismissed herself before the meal even began. Clinton cited her recently acquired job at Avenue Capital Group, a hedge fund that manages about $12 billion in assets. Morgan, an 18-year-old from Mobile, Ala., who is enrolled as a full-time student at the School of American Ballet and is an apprentice with New York City Ballet, admitted she was a little overwhelmed meeting Clinton and the 75 or so people at the luncheon. But the up-and-comer just might soon get used to the attention. She is dancing in the New York City Ballet's opening performance of "Carousel," choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.
Future Legends was developed in celebration of its 125 years in business and seeks to nurture artists who have shown exceptional promise early in their careers. Five Future Legends were chosen this year, including Morgan, jazz pianist Jonathan Batiste, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and dancers Aaron Rogers and Tyrell V. Rolle.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews