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.
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge