CANVASING: After models and celebrities, could hot contemporary artists be the next faces of fashion? New York men's wear designer Adam Kimmel makes a compelling case with his hip spring 2007 look book, which is peopled by the likes of Banks Violette, Rita Ackerman, Hope Etherton and the Neistat brothers. Kimmel has long tapped his famous friends to pose in his fledgling line, which his brother, Alexei Hay, photographs against a white wall. But this time, the artistic casting had a strong link to the collection. Kimmel said he was inspired by the heavy cotton drop cloths in artists' studios, which he styled into jeans, trenchcoats and even suits.
ONE AND ONLY: With the holiday season creeping up, certain designers are out to prove that they ain't no Scrooge. A candy pink Chanel bag, a striped wedge by PierreHardy and a graffiti-tagged cocktail dress with matching bow-tied Dr. Martens, courtesy of Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, represent a sprinkling of 51 one-off designer creations to go under the hammer Dec. 14 in Paris. The auction, organized by French fashion magazine Stiletto, is in aid of hospital charity Le Rire Médecin (The Doctor's Laugh).
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: Guests such as Vera Wang and Carla Fendi are expected at a party at Peter Marino's Upper East Side manse Wednesday night, honoring Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne's show at the Paul Kasmin Gallery. Aside from collaborating with the artistic duo for more than 20 years, the architect is the largest single collector of their work. Artists such as Kenneth Noland and Robb Wynn and the other 35 or so partygoers will get to see the Lalannes' finery throughout the dinner. They have provided the centerpieces, which, of course, are not party favors.
BLAZING TRAILS: Swindle magazine hosted a dinner in the penthouse of Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel on Saturday to fete its first "Icons" issue, a hardcover tome featuring more than 50 trailblazers — from Slash and Bobby Seale to Judy Blume and Jane Goodall. Perry Farrell, Henry Rollins, Louis Verdad and Ivanka Trump joined a handful of "Icons," including Elvira, music legend Brendan Mullen, political artist Robbie Conal and sex columnist Anka Radakovich, for the Motorola-sponsored soiree, which culminated in a performance by the fashion-conscious Section Quartet on the penthouse roof. The soft-spoken Elvira was wholly unrecognizable out of her trademark sexy-witch getup."When they called me, I said, ‘What do I have to do?'" joked Radakovich, who recently submitted her third book (and first novel) to her publisher. "But women will take any compliment. We so rarely get them."
L.A. STORIES: Paper Project Los Angeles is back for a second time from today to Sunday at 5500 Hollywood Boulevard. The one-week multimedia experiment, sponsored by MAC, bowed in December and yielded Paper's Los Angeles-themed February issue, a mix of local art, fashion, music and photography. This year, the lineup includes a fashion day with presentations from Rodarte, Jeremy Scott, Brian Lichtenberg, Kimm Buzzelli of Show Pony, Benjamin Cho, Threeasfour and Gareth Pugh and a party with DJ Cho. The final day will serve as an open call to Los Angeles design talent from noon to 5 p.m. in Paper's Fashionmobile, aka a souped-up trailer.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion