Fashion Scoops: Boy Oh Boy … Weaving a Spell … No Show …
BOY OH BOY: Cuddling with your boyfriend is fast becoming a front-row rite of passage chez Donatella Versace. Last March at the Versace ready-to-wear show in Milan, Chelsea Clinton did a little smooching and parked her hand on Ian Klause’s...
BOY OH BOY: Cuddling with your boyfriend is fast becoming a front-row rite of passage chez Donatella Versace. Last March at the Versace ready-to-wear show in Milan, Chelsea Clinton did a little smooching and parked her hand on Ian Klause’s thigh. On Monday night, it was George Michael and Kenny Goss putting on a show of affection. At a raucous party later at the Ritz Club, Versace held court with Elizabeth Hurley, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Shaggy, Michael and Chloë Sevigny, who was in a dress as brief and glitzy as a figure-skating costume. Having just wrapped up "Men In Black II" and her second Spike Lee film, Rosaria Dawson, along with actor Joshua Jackson and dancehall sensation Shaggy, is en route to Spain for the running of the bulls. "I want to stay longer," lamented Dawson, agog at all the model and celebrity action. "The only time I’ve ever seen anything like this is on fashion TV!" After paying his respects to Versace, Combs moved on to the Milliardaire club for his pal Tony Deniro’s party, reporting to the dance floor with Ashanti, Gwen Stefani and model Karen Mulder. Tonight, he’s holding court at his own bash at Les Bains.
WEAVING A SPELL: An errant truckload of construction materials may have delayed the opening of the Bottega Veneta Paris flagship by a day or two, and the banisters may not yet fit just right. But the cocktail party Monday night to inaugurate the boutique went off without a hitch. Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford came to give the site a look-see and pose for photos with that other Tom, Bottega’s creative director Tomas Maier.
NO SHOW: It looks like the rumored Azzedine Alaïa show won’t go on after all. The designer said Tuesday he’s showing some of his latest designs to retailers in town for the couture, but he likely won’t invite the press until fall at the earliest.
NO PARKING: If you think couture week is packed with parties, wait until the ready-to-wear shows in Paris this fall. Christophe Girard, head of fashion strategy at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and a deputy mayor of Paris, is plotting a major all-night arts event Oct. 5 that will feature musicians, authors and other performers at 40 venues throughout the city. "A lot of people say Paris can be sad at night," he said. "I think the fashion crowd will enjoy being in a festive Paris." Girard said he doesn’t expect the event will interfere with fashion week — the notable exception being Louis Vuitton. One of the venues for his "White Night" is the greenhouse at the park where Marc Jacobs has shown his Louis Vuitton collections since the brand launched rtw four years ago. Girard said the group is zeroing in on an alternative location.
SWELLTERING: Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenzweig are putting their Swell project on the air. After the publication of their second "Girls’ Guide to the Good Life," based on home decorating, the authors are set to act as hosts for a weekly series of films on Showtime, beginning Aug. 11. Rowley and Rosenzweig will introduce several of their favorite films, such as "Waiting for Guffman" and "Dirty Dancing," the latter selected for Rosenzweig’s uncanny resemblance to the film’s lead character, Baby. "I wouldn’t tell anyone to watch it, though," Rowley said. "We’re pretty bad in the first few episodes. Wait until September, when the acting lessons start to kick in."
Her company was equally cagey about market rumors that the duo might be pitching a "Swell" line of home products for Target Stores, considering that several designers have practically been beating down the retailer’s doors hoping to replicate the success of recent high-profile product launches with Stephen Sprouse and Philippe Starck. A spokeswoman for Rowley had no comment.
WALK THE WALK: Isaac Mizrahi is coming back to Seventh Avenue — at least for a day. Mizrahi, who once worked for Perry Ellis, is expected to turn out for the Fashion Center Business Improvement District’s Fashion Walk of Fame unveiling on July 17, to present a plaque honoring the late designer. In addition to the previously reported presenters, the FCBID has also signed up Kal Ruttenstein to present Norma Kamali’s plaque, Lulu Johnson for Betsey Johnson, Suzanne Daché for the late Lilly Daché and Toukie Smith for the late Willi Smith.
TOBY’S TRIBULATIONS: The New York Post’s reiteration Tuesday of an item that ran back in April in WWD concerning the dream cast for the fictional film version of Toby Young’s "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People" left out one minor detail — that Film Four, the British production company that optioned Young’s screenplay, is going out of business. (Variety reported Tuesday that an official announcement of Film Four’s demise is forthcoming.) As a result, Young will have to look elsewhere for his film deal. "I only learned about Film Four’s situation yesterday," he told WWD Tuesday night, "and, frankly, I’m shocked. Film Four was an amazing company. I’m going to hold off from calling them right now — the last thing you want to hear at this time is some guy calling and asking ‘what about my deal.’" Young is sanguine, however, about other possibilities. "Originally I received six different offers, so if the American version of my book really takes off it’s conceivable that I might get an even better deal," Young said.Meanwhile, Toby’s book party next Monday is not without its own surprises. The venue for the Condé Nast-bashing book is Serena, on 23rd Street in Manhattan,owned by none other than Sam Shaffer — Anna Wintour’s stepson. Guests expected for the party, which is being co-hosted by Playboy magazine and Da Capo Press, include Sophie Dahl, Kurt Andersen, Candace Bushnell, Brett Easton Ellis, Christopher Hitchens, Lucy Sykes, Chris Napolitano, Cristina Greeven and Chris Cuomo.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty