Fashion Scoops: Chirac Attack … Linda’s New Digs … Star Search …
CHIRAC ATTACK: If the devil wears Prada, does the French president wear Chanel? Perhaps. A new novel generating chatter in Paris recounts what happens when a fashion designer runs for president under the slogan “Elegance and Freedom”...
CHIRAC ATTACK: If the devil wears Prada, does the French president wear Chanel? Perhaps. A new novel generating chatter in Paris recounts what happens when a fashion designer runs for president under the slogan “Elegance and Freedom” — and wins. The fictional character, named Steven Marteen, jets around on Air Fashion 1, carries a fan and sports a ponytail. If it sounds a bit like Karl Lagerfeld, it’s meant to be. The authors, journalists Philippe Trétiack and Pierre Antilogus, modeled the title character of “Serious Fashion” on Lagerfeld, with a dash of John Galliano and Tom Ford. Lagerfeld, who read the book “in three seconds,” pronounced it “good fun, but it’s not good.” Certainly the storyline gets ever more outrageous, when the president installs a fashion dictatorship where even the size of pant cuffs is strictly regulated. If you haven’t already guessed the ending, a revolution of nudists, led by a top model, overthrows the government. Yes, the old emperor’s new clothes routine.
LINDA’S NEW DIGS: Ex-Warnaco chairman and chief executive Linda Wachner, who left the giant maker on Nov. 16, 2001, has set up a midtown Manhattan office at 919 Third Avenue, in the same building as law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, the firm that represented Wachner during a $25 million severance claim — in which Wachner received 1.8 percent, or $452,000.
Wachner could not be reached Tuesday.
It is unclear if Wachner is subject to a noncompete agreement since she left Warnaco without a payout. At the time, she said, “As it stands now, I do not have to worry about noncompete or whether or not I want to offer anyone a job.” But chances are she won’t sit still. She had acknowledged she had specific ventures in mind and, while she declined to elaborate whether or not they’re in apparel, her personal fortune is estimated at $150 million —which puts her in a very strong negotiating position.
STAR SEARCH: Are you an attractive, single, female fashion executive who wants to be famous? We’re talking really famous. Amy Raymond at Warner Bros. is seeking fashion industry women who are attractive, late 20s-early 30s, and never married to be the newest cast member ofABC TV’s “The Bachelorette.” Believing the fashion industry would be a good place to find her, Raymond has been calling around and asking fashion people if they might know someone who 25 men — and America — can fall in love with.“I’m looking for someone who has it all,” said Raymond, “except Mr. Right.”
FOR THE BOYS: Mattel is set to prove that boys can do anything girls can. The toymaker, which launched Fashion Editor Barbie last year, will introduce Fashion Editor Ken, ready for retail in June. As a fashion insider, the Ken doll comes with a black-and-white woven single-breasted blazer and pants, white cotton jacquard shirt, pale blue satin tie and black square-toed shoes. His style is accented with a belt and silver-rimmed glasses, and accessories include a press pass, briefcase and the most recent fashion magazine. Priced at $99.95, Fashion Editor Ken is part of the limited edition Barbie Fashion Model Collection.
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye