Fashion Scoops: Christian Dion…Slim Kal…The Two Queens…Fighting Fire With Fashion…
CHRISTIAN DION?: Las Vegas continues to move in a decidedly upscale direction. To wit: Celine Dion, who has a one-woman show on at Caesars Palace, is trading up in the costume department. WWD has learned the diva has been in fittings of...
CHRISTIAN DION?: Las Vegas continues to move in a decidedly upscale direction. To wit: Celine Dion, who has a one-woman show on at Caesars Palace, is trading up in the costume department. WWD has learned the diva has been in fittings of Christian Dior couture between nightly performances of her show, “A New Day.” John Galliano dispatched a range of special suits and dresses for her — and the singer ordered several styles in multiples. Expect Dion to hit the stage in Dior by the end of November.
SLIM KAL: Kal Ruttenstein returned to work Thursday after two months on sick leave and he’s not the same man. Bloomingdale’s senior vice president of fashion direction is 50 pounds lighter, has a trove of new sneakers and feels a lot better after suffering an ulcer ailment. “I’m planning to lose more weight, until I reach this side of Karl Lagerfeld,” Ruttenstein said. He celebrated with the entire fashion office by serving up tea sandwiches for lunch catered by William Poll. In the old days, it might have been pasta.
THE TWO QUEENS: Manners maketh man. And maverick designer Alexander McQueen showed how particularly manly he was when he arrived at Buckingham Palace Tuesday in a kilt, sash and Glengarry cap. He was honored by Queen Elizabeth with the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). If the daring designer went all the way with his Scottish ensemble, he might have been without his knickers, much the same way Vivienne Westwood was when she had her audience with the Queen. Cheerio!
FIGHTING FIRE WITH FASHION: Los Angeles jewelry designer Jill Pearson of Wasabi has devised a way to help the families whose homes are being destroyed by the California wildfires. On Wednesday, she came up with the relief effort, Fashion Fights Fire, in which she’ll donate 20 to 50 percent of wholesale proceeds from one of her popular chandelier earring styles to a relief fund for displaced families. Pearson convinced eight other designers in her showroom — Dogeared, Hat Attack, Kooba, Love Life, Masse, Noir, Vanessa Jenik and Ferroglyphs — to join forces and select one item in their current collections and donate proceeds.“WHO’S THAT GIRL?” At an intimate dinner hosted by the Lancaster Group (manufacturer of JLo Glow and Still Jennifer Lopez fragrances), beauty editors did double takes toward a woman wearing an Hermès scarf on her head who’d slipped in unnoticed, quietly chatting. Was that her? Indeed it was, albeit more covered up than usual. However, once the Dolce & Gabbana coat came off, a Michael Kors Grecian gown showed off that famous J.Lo muscle tone. And there was that pink diamond, back for an encore. So, Jen, would you say someone in City Hall has a little crush? “Isn’t he sweet?” she replied. Just as dessert arrived, so did Ben. After kissing his future bride hello, he engaged editors with thought-provoking questions like, “What’s the difference between beauty editors and fashion editors?” Once he was clear on that point, the two graciously said their goodbyes and headed off to a plane waiting at Teterboro to take them to Savannah.
FAN CLUB: A menagerie of early-Eighties celebs, including Paula Abdul, Kenny Scharf and Annie Flanders, came out to see their friend, Patricia Field, at the House of Field show at Smashbox Wednesday night. “Pat designed the costumes for my first tour in 1990, so of course I came,” said Abdul.
Also present were budding designer-actresses Taryn Manning and Samaire Armstrong, who were both taking in their first shows of fashion week. Manning was taking notes for her own line, which she plans to launch next year. Also taking notes were “Miss Match” costume designer and producer Roberta Haze and Samantha Daniels. “I can’t see Alicia Silverstone in these clothes, but there are some good ones for Lake Bell,” said Haze, referring to Silverstone’s bartending co-star. Next to her, actress Tiffany Limos was still getting used to the idea of the paparazzi. “I grew up in the New York fashion and club world,” she said, “but the idea that people want to take my picture is weird.”UNFASHIONABLY LATE: It’s rare to find a guest of honor who makes it to his own party over an hour late, but the British seem to do things a little, well, differently. Take London’s madcap milliner, Philip Treacy, for instance. On Wednesday night, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Jaqui Lividini hosted a cocktail reception in his honor. The milliner breezed in over an hour late with Grace Jones. “I just flew in,” quipped Jones, snaking and dancing through the Thom Bar in a white fur coat, a black pleated Issey Miyake dress and an ergonomic purple Treacy creation which covered her entire head — bar her eyes, which peeked out through a zipper opening. “We’re late because we walked here from Bank Street and it’s pretty cold outside,” said the more sober Treacy, scouring the scene of fashionistas and hat fans — many of whom came wearing one of his creations. “New York is an untapped hat culture. It’s a rebellious accessory.”
Rebellion is something Treacy knows all about. Not only was he late, but he also immediately broke Mayor Bloomberg’s draconian smoking laws and lit up a cigarette. “You have to have at least one bad vice,” he said, with a smile.
SPIN CYCLE: The hype surrounding Jenni Kayne’s second collection in Los Angeles gave way to a preshow fever that attracted Kirsty Hume, Ione Skye, Tom Binns and Kayne’s gym buddy, Melissa Rivers. “We met each other in our spinning class and she is just a darling, sweet person,” said Rivers of the 21-year-old designer. “Plus, she could make a hefty bag look good and you’d say, ‘Damn, how does she pull that off?’”
Hume, a friend as well, admitted she might be shopping from her front-row seat: “I don’t own anything from her yet, but I hear there’s a lot of pink, and that’s always a good sign.”
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty