Fashion Scoops: Ciao, Jason … Karl Culture … French-Grown Carats
CIAO, JASON: Jason Weisenfeld is headed back to New York from Milan, but it won’t be as Versace’s worldwide communications and advertising director. He is stepping down from that job. Weisenfeld plans to...
CIAO, JASON: Jason Weisenfeld is headed back to New York from Milan, but it won’t be as Versace’s worldwide communications and advertising director. He is stepping down from that job. Weisenfeld plans to work with Versace in a consulting capacity, helping to set up the brand’s in-house press office in the U.S. Sources in Italy said he might set up his own consulting public relations agency. “Jason’s impact and presence has been invaluable,” said Donatella Versace, creative director of the house. “He joined us during a time of great transition and his ability to work successfully in both the fashion and business communities has been of extraordinary value. He has been a source of great strength and leadership for me, my family and the entire Versace organization.” Previously, Weisenfeld was executive vice president, marketing and advertising, of the now-defunct Pegasus fashion group. Earlier, he was vice president of communications at Barneys New York and held posts at Bloomingdale’s and the Clinton White House.
KARL CULTURE: Karl Lagerfeld may be a teetotaler, but he still knows about fine champagne. In fact, he just wrapped up photographing a new global campaign for Dom Perignon, starring model Helena Christensen. “I love advertising. It’s part of our culture today,” said Lagerfeld, who landed in New York on Tuesday to shoot more campaigns: Chanel, Lagerfeld Gallery and Fendi. “I don’t take Easter holidays. I take photo holidays,” he quipped. The designer plans to take Chanel’s fall campaign to the street, shooting Daria Werbowy uptown and downtown — and no doubt causing a stir everywhere. Already, people have been shouting out in recognition, “That’s the guy from H&M!” — and Lagerfeld has been taking it in stride. “I think it’s very flattering,” he said.
FRENCH-GROWN CARATS: It was a bona fide love-fest at the Cartier mansion on Fifth Avenue Tuesday night. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, who performed at the evening soirée, loved her Cartier jewels. “I think I’m being watched very closely,” she joked. And, in turn, Cartier adored Graham. “She’s a friend of the house,” said Stanislas de Quercize, the house’s U.S. president. He was host of the event in honor of Graham’s new record and the publication of “The Cartier Collection: Volume 1, Jewelry.” In addition, de Quercize pointed out, both Graham’s operatic songs and Cartier’s sparkling jewelry are about love. “She’s singing about love,” he said. “People come here buying jewelry to celebrate love, we’re all trying to express love in our own way.” Yes, for most people, a four-carat diamond will do.
“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