Fashion Scoops: Business and Pleasure … Kasper’s Future … Saks for Lunch …
BUSINESS AND PLEASURE: The office romance between Louise Blouin MacBain, the vivacious Canadian-born business tycoon, and Simon de Pury of the auction house Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, is apparently over. So it should be no surprise that MacBain,...
BUSINESS AND PLEASURE: The office romance between Louise Blouin MacBain, the vivacious Canadian-born business tycoon, and Simon de Pury of the auction house Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, is apparently over. So it should be no surprise that MacBain, who since February has been the house’s chief executive, on Thursday called it quits on the job front, too. De Pury and Daniella Luxembourg will assume all of the former ceo’s responsibilities, the house said. MacBain will continue her work as the chairman of LTB Holdings, a company through which she makes business investments. Before her association with Phillips, MacBain ran Trader.com, an empire built on 150 classified-ad newspapers which she ran with her former husband John MacBain. She resigned as ceo in 2000 at the time of her divorce.
Rumors swirling among the social set, where the former couple are well known, have already paired MacBain with a European royal. Another has her trying to buy the auction house out from underneath her old lover like a "Dynasty" diva.
While De Pury, who began dating MacBain around two years ago, will surely recover, the breakup has left many wondering whether the house’s business will. After a rocky auction season, during which results from the Impressionist sale were lagging, speculation inevitably has led toward the company’s demise.
KASPER’S FUTURE: It’s not exactly a fait accompli that John Idol, chairman and ceo of Kasper ASL, and his private equity partner, Parthenon Capital LLC, will purchase Kasper ASL Ltd. from creditors for $88 million in cash. That’s the offer they made Wednesday to a special committee of Kasper’s board. Kasper last year generated $383.9 million in sales. Sources said Idol’s group could have some heady competition from the likes of Kellwood Corp., which has made no secret of its desire to buy other fashion companies, as well as acquisition-hungry Jones Apparel Group and Liz Claiborne. Just what the industry needs: a good catfight early in the New Year over the Kasper, Anne Klein and Albert Nipon brands.
SAKS FOR LUNCH: Talk about a generous Santa. At Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday luncheon on Tuesday, which is cohosted by Mark Badgley, James Mischka, John Bartlett, Reed Krakoff, Catherine Malandrino, Charles Nolan, Lars Nilsson and Hervé Pierre, the three door prizes to be drawn by Santa Claus are a 1.04 carat heart-shaped F grade diamond pendant set in platinum from Graff, a chinchilla wrap from Birger Christensen and a diamond watch from Michele Watches.But wait, there’s more: the goody bag — a new Coach Gallery tote — has loot from Catherine Malandrino candles and Badgley Mischka compacts to Anne Klein evening clutches and hot-off-the-press Bill Blass sunglasses. Also on tap are signed copies of "I Never Met A Man I Didn’t Lick," the new book by Sweetie, Bartlett’s infamous dog. Sweetie won’t be left out in the gift-giving spirit — there will be a special goody bag for her that includes Coach’s new "puffa" vest for dogs.
NO CAUSE FOR ALARM: The New York Police Department officers toting machine guns outside the Empire State Building Thursday were not responding to a bomb scare, evacuation or fire. According to an NYPD spokesman, the officers were part of the Emergency Services Unit, which checks out potential terrorist targets as a precautionary measure. A small Con Edison explosion around the corner from the fabled address most likely triggered the officer’s dispatch, the spokesman said. With no emergency at hand, ESU officers posed for pictures with tourists outside the building. Cheese!
FAMILY OF MANNEQUINS: Retailers have long lacked a minority appeal, but now mannequin-maker Ralph Pucci International and illustrator Ruben Toledo have just the multiracial hook. They’ve collaborated to create mannequins in five skin tones: Caucasian, Asian, Latina, Middle Eastern and Black. Forty of them, in 15 poses, will be unveiled at the Pucci showroom on West 18th Street Saturday night, dressed in clothes designed by Isabel Toledo, Ruben’s wife.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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