Fashion Scoops: Charity Case … Wacky Simon … Adidas’ New Golden Girl …
CHARITY CASE: The stars are coming out in droves to support cancer research. Following the news that Nicole Kidman had signed on for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure campaign in September, now comes word that Jennifer Connelly, Salma Hayek and...
CHARITY CASE: The stars are coming out in droves to support cancer research. Following the news that Nicole Kidman had signed on for Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure campaign in September, now comes word that Jennifer Connelly, Salma Hayek and Renée Zellweger will join Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, president of Louis Vuitton North America, at a news conference this morning to announce a major new initiative they are planning to raise money for cancer research. But what’s the connection between Louis Vuitton and these philanthropic-minded actresses? Connelly, Hayek and Zellweger are rumored to be coming up with their own designs for a Vuitton product that would benefit the new program.
WACKY SIMON: Leave it to potty-mouthed window dresser Simon Doonan to exult in female idiosyncrasies. That’s just what he does in his flaky new book, "Wacky Chicks," subtitled "Life Lessons from Fearlessly Inappropriate and Fabulously Eccentric Women." He’s staging what he calls a "wack-off" at Barneys New York on Madison Avenue Tuesday night to launch the book, with hosts Natalie Portman, Barneys ceo Howard Socol and Jeanine Lobell, founder of Stila, who is among the subjects in his book. "Not all wacky chicks end up as strippers or fortune tellers," Doonan said. Proceeds from the sales of Lobell’s new lipstick, also called Wacky Chicks, will be donated to First Steps, a nationwide job training program for homeless and low-income women. "It’s this incredible dusty pink, and girl, when you smear it on, you rule," Doonan said.
ADIDAS’ NEW GOLDEN GIRL: Belgian tennis player Justine Henin-Hardenne is Adidas’ new pin-up. Now that Anna Kournikova is competing in tennis’ lower ring for the first time in seven years and Martina Hingis is ranked 78th, Adidas is counting on Henin-Hardenne to rev up some interest in the brand. Kournikova and Hingis are also sponsored by Adidas. Ranked fourth on the women’s circuit, the 20-year-old Henin-Hardenne has signed a long-term deal to suit up in Adidas.
LULU’S SCENT: "I know this sounds odd, but I’m really kind of shocked at the response," Brit designer Lulu Guinness mused about the American reaction to her debut fragrance, during a dinner at stylist Jessica Paster’s Hollywood Hills home last week, where starlets Shiva Rose McDermott and Sarah Wynter nibbled on Asian fare.The seven-city tour, which kicked off April 14 at Bergdorf Goodman and ended 11 days later at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, netted total retail sales for her signature handbags and fragrance of $70,000. Guinness said a 1-oz. parfum, sold inside a signature Glamour Girl Pouch and priced at $200 retail was a star. Signing bottles, bags and even mug shots, she admitted, helped. "People seem to love autographs."
CHRISTENING PETIT BATEAU: With her surrogate twins expected to be delivered next month, Joan Lunden picked up a few Les Bébés caps for them at the new Petit Bateau store in Greenwich, Conn. The 1,700-square-foot store bowed last month on tony Greenwich Avenue. With 130 boutiques worldwide including one in New York, Petit Bateau, a $230 million retail operation, aims to have 10 U.S. stores by 2005.
NO MAYDAY MADNESS: Is fashion simply out of fashion with the anti-capitalist crowd? London’s May Day demonstrators, who in the past have targeted luxury goods businesses, steered clear of Bond Street on Thursday. While De Beers LV, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Versace and Alexander McQueen boarded up their windows and closed shop for the day, most others remained open for business. "We closed last year as a precaution, but it’s fine outside, and there is no reason to shut down," said Bally’s store manager. More than 4,000 police were on patrol across London. The total cost to London, in terms of lost business, is expected to be more than $30 million.
@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
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)