Fashion Scoops: Both Sides of the Fence … Countdown … Well-Heeled Thieves …
BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE: No matter which way Tuesday’s election is called, Kenneth Cole will be ready with a joke. The designer is planning to create two billboards in the New York area to reflect its outcome: If Kerry wins,...
BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE: No matter which way Tuesday’s election is called, Kenneth Cole will be ready with a joke. The designer is planning to create two billboards in the New York area to reflect its outcome: If Kerry wins, the billboards will read, “Looks like the left lane is the right one. Kerry On.” If Bush wins, it’s “The Votes are in. Here’s hoping the right lane isn’t wrong.”
Cole’s latest pun will replace what motorists along the Long Island Expressway and the West Side Highway have passed in the weeks leading up to the election: “Every so often we renew our search for intelligent life. It’s called an election.”
COUNTDOWN: Along with re-creating an installation featured at the Antwerp launch of a book celebrating his 50th collection, designer Dries Van Noten is planning to turn the fifth floor of Barneys New York into a veritable screening room of his career at a party hosted by Polly Mellen on Thursday night. The designer is installing 49 projectors that will air the video from his consecutive collections — all but the very first, that is, as he wasn’t able to turn up any filmed copy of that show.
WELL-HEELED THIEVES: Unsuspecting accessories designers at last week’s Gen Art fashion show in Santa Monica, Calif., got an unwelcome surprise when they discovered they’d been hit. Among the stolen items were several handbags from designer Kim White and C-label shoes. The thieves struck in the midst of postshow mayhem. Gen Art program manager Lee Trimble calls it a case of “greedy fashionistas. It’s sad for the designers, because they’re fledgling, and the entire reason they are doing the show is to increase exposure for their line.”
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)