CHANGING SHOES?: After Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Lacroix, could another European fashion name end up under American ownership? According to sources, Salvatore Ferragamo is in advanced talks with a U.S. hedge fund to sell its Emanuel Ungaro fashion business. The identity of the potential buyer could not immediately be learned, but it is not believed to have any fashion holdings at present. Ungaro has been seeking strategic investors for some time. Spotted at the Salvatore Ferragamo show on Monday, Ungaro chief executive Paolo Di Spirt acknowledged there are discussions, but declined further comment. Sources said a deal could be concluded by the end of October.
WHEN IN ROME: Amerie arrived in Milan just in time for the Emporio Armani show on Monday and already she was feeling that "Dolce Vita" mood. "It's the first time I've ever been in Italy," said the 22-year-old R&B sensation. "I really want to get a Vespa. I want to see everything." Just down the row — along with other Armani regulars like Eugenia Silver, Lady Helen Taylor and a posse of Italian soccer hunks — was Tina Turner — and she saw plenty to like on the runway. "I'm just dropping in to say, ‘Hello,'" she said. Asked if she liked any of the dresses on parade, Turner said the bevy of male models certainly turned her head. "I liked the men," she said, beaming a big smile.
SAYING I DO: Harper's Bazaar has its hands full with designer-studded weddings. A week after it had Karl Lagerfeld snapping shots at Delphine Arnault's sumptuous ceremony in France's Bordeaux region, the editorial team next decamped to Portofino, Italy, to marry off one of its own, contributing editor J.J. Martin to Bain & Co.'s Andrea Ciccoli, in front of the likes of Ennio Capasa, Renzo Rosso and Dolce & Gabbana's Alfonso Dolce and Cristiana Ruella, Lawrence Steele and Valextra's Massimo Suppancig. Martin bought her 1962 vintage, celery-colored Balmain dress from Paris' Didier Ludot and then had Steele add matching lace under the flounce and rework the neckline, delicately cutting around all the Lesage embroidery.A NEW EUROSTAR?: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton may have its eye on designer Matthew Williamson. Word has it the French luxury giant has been courting the Londoner, whose colorful, bohemian frocks are popular among the celebrity set. Although there are no "help wanted" signs hung on any of its fashion houses, sources suggest LVMH could be preparing for that possibility chez Emilio Pucci.
The current Pucci designer, Christian Lacroix, whose business LVMH sold to the Falic Group earlier this year, may not wish to prolong the entanglement — and vice versa. Lacroix could not be reached for comment and Catherine Vautrin, chief executive of Pucci, declined all comment on Lacroix's contract, which is believed to come to an end early next year.
TIGHT FIT: Milan's compressed fashion week was already being felt Monday as the shows got under way in earnest, albeit tardily. The D&G show ran 70 minutes late, pushing back the start time of Just Cavalli. At that show, an announcer apologized for the delay, citing a rule set by the Camera Nazionale della Moda forcing shows to wait for one another. Meanwhile, there are also rumblings that the tight schedule has upped the competition for top models, who are typically demanded several hours ahead of big shows.
POETS AND PROGENY: Italian starlets and showgirls are regulars at Roberto Cavalli's shows. For Just Cavalli, it was more about a different, next generation kind of star. Kelly Osbourne, who scoured the New York fashion shows now that she's launched her own clothing line, Stiletto Killers, was hugging the designer backstage. "I love his clothes because they work at night, too; they have a dressier edge," said Osbourne. On a somewhat higher literary plane, Emily Byron, great-granddaughter of Lord Byron, walked the runway — her only show before flying back to England. The part-time model takes her education very seriously. She studies — what else? — English literature.
A room full of toiles at the haute couture atelier in the Dior exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs, open in Paris since July 5. This is just one of three major exhibitions that have been timed to coincide with the house's 70th anniversary. See the rest of the exhibits, plus read WWD's look into the iconic brand's history. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
For spring, Pamplemousse's Danica Zheng presented her signature slip dresses attached to a white T-shirt along with floral windbreakers, off-the-shoulder cotton blouses and more. For more highlights from the New York trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion
The Green Carpet Fashion Awards closed out Milan Fashion Week yesterday. The fashion industry flocked to the event, showing its efforts to support and spread the message of sustainability. Supermodel Gisele Bündchen said "if each one of us took at least one step is this direction, there is no saying how much could be done." #wwdeye #wwdfashion #mfw (📷: Lodovico Colli di Felizzano)
Etro’s show, titled “The Tree of Life,” was a celebration of the house’s 50th anniversary. “My father founded the company in 1968, which was the year of counterculture and psychedelia. It’s really a show that celebrates that and the paisley design of India and its origin,” said Veronica Etro. #wwdfashion #mfw #ss18 (📷: @delphineachard)
For @msgm’s spring 2018 show, creative director @massimogiorgetti said “Words, sounds, colors. Synthesis and therapy of a collection,” were the inspirations behind the collection, showing today. Read the rest of Milan spring 2018 inspirations on WWD.com. #mfw #wwdfashion #ss18
For her first solo album in over 10 years, Fergie tapped Carine Roitfeld, Mert and Marcus, Giovanni Bianco and more to create a fashion-focused video approach for the record, Double Dutchess. "Giovanni really helped me get back in touch with my tomboy side, my hardside," said the singer. #wwdeye #wwdfashion ( : @slovekinpics)