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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)