Fashion Scoops: Bush Whacked … Berry Gets Jinx-ed … Arty Party …
BUSH WHACKED: Seventh Avenue had its monthly visitor again. Four weeks after her low-key visit to Oscar de la Renta’s studio, Laura Bush was spotted making a dash into Carolina Herrera’s showroom Tuesday morning. Then the First Lady headed...
BUSH WHACKED: Seventh Avenue had its monthly visitor again. Four weeks after her low-key visit to Oscar de la Renta’s studio, Laura Bush was spotted making a dash into Carolina Herrera’s showroom Tuesday morning. Then the First Lady headed down 10 blocks to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology for a guided tour of Arnold Scaasi’s retrospective with the designer himself. But Bush wasn’t willing to make a fashion statement. When a WWD photographer attempted to catch a shot outside the museum, the Secret Service first ordered her across the street, then off campus — altogether.
BERRY GETS JINX-ED: Looks like Halle Berry, as sexy CIA agent Jinx in the latest James Bond thriller, "Die Another Day," will get to see more screen time, with or without her leading man. The actress, who sports Versace’s sexy couture in the film when she’s not showing more skin, said at Monday night’s Los Angeles screening that she’s in talks with MGM to star in what would be the first Bond-spinoff ever. That would certainly get designers’ — not to mention moviegoers’ — engines revving.
ARTY PARTY: The art crowd’s in town for the November contemporary auctions, and they’re in a partying mood despite some less-than-stellar sales. But where to go after the bidding? Well, tonight it will be the new Chelsea Art Museum, which will hold an opening bash hosted by Art & Auction magazine that also will preview the magazine’s annual power list. Bruce Wolmer, Art & Auction’s editor, said the list is less caustic than in the past and includes such people as Leonard Lauder, Rem Koolhaas, Lawrence Graff of Graff jewelers, Pierre Bergé, Visionaire editor Cecelia Dean, publisher Prosper Assouline, and Linda Donahue and Jan Reeder of Doyle’s couture and textiles department. "People on the list are younger, and more of them come from the world of fashion, publishing and design," Wolmer said. "These worlds now increasingly intersect with the art market." But there also are some surprises, including Tyco’s Dennis Kozlowski because, Art & Auction says, his "ducking out on more than $1 million in New York sales tax has sent shivers down the spine of many a collector and dealer."
OLD BAG LUNCHEON: When soap legend Susan Lucci does charitable work, she can count on her TV pals for some help. On Tuesday, the "All My Children" star hosted The Old Bags Luncheon, which attracted the likes of Rosie O’Donnell, Joy Behar and a slew of AMC cast members, including Rebecca Budig.
The luncheon started with a silent auction of hundreds of new and used handbags by suchbrands as Gucci, Chanel, Escada, Fendi and, well, Susan Lucci, whose own designs are usually sold on HSN, the home shopping network. "I donated about 10 bags, but it was so difficult to pick which ones to part with," beamed Lucci, wearing a fiery red Valentino trouser suit. "Valentino really does the best reds in the business."
Proceeds of the event will go to Lucci’s favorite charity, Little Flower Children’s Services of New York, which helps homeless and abandoned children from New York City and Long Island.
LOUNGING AROUND: Catherine Malandrino carved out a nook on Henri Bendel’s ground floor Thursday night, where models — dressed in Malandrino and coiffed by Bumble and Bumble — sprawled among shag rugs, lounge chairs and flat-screen TVs showing the designer’s spring runway presentation. The event promoted the spring collection and Malandrino’s new assortment of home sprays, soaps and candles. The scene carried into one of Bendel’s front windows, where a live model made at least one passing family ask: "What store is this?"
FAST FASHION: France’s TGV bullet train is changing outfits. Kenzo, Christian Lacroix and Recaro, the German firm that makes seats for high-end automobiles, on Tuesday unveiled three separate projects to redesign the interior of the trains. Lacroix, who was already commissioned to decorate the TGV train running between Paris and Marseilles, mixed bright colors with high-tech accessories. Kenzo’s project drew on its ethnic heritage, while Recaro put the accent on its ultra-comfortable seats. The designs will be tested in about 50 trains running in the western part of France. Passengers and staff will vote on which project ultimately will be used, starting in May.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion