Fashion Scoops: Clother Out … Versace Vision … The Italian Job …
CLOTHED OUT: When you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll. Fresh from dressing Katie Couric in a black halter dress for her “Late Show” guest-host appearance last week and having Carrie-Anne Moss wear his dress to the Cannes...
CLOTHED OUT: When you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll. Fresh from dressing Katie Couric in a black halter dress for her “Late Show” guest-host appearance last week and having Carrie-Anne Moss wear his dress to the Cannes premiere of “The Matrix: Reloaded” (sorry, Heidi Weisel — Moss was to have worn a Weisel, but apparently changed her mind at the last moment), Marc Bouwer is going after a big fish at the VH1 Divas Duets concert Thursday. The designer canceled a week’s worth of appointments, including one with Saks Fifth Avenue, so that he could ship his entire fall collection to Las Vegas for the review of Whitney Houston. (It was not unsolicited; Bouwer also designed her wedding dress.)
As for Weisel, her camp expects Moss might still arrive in her dress elsewhere.
VERSACE VISION: Versace will be dressing more than celebrities at Cannes this week. AmFAR has tapped the Italian fashion house to oversee the creative direction for its 10th annual Cinema Against AIDS gala fund-raiser at Le Moulin De Mougins Thursday night. Versace has chosen rose and orchid arrangements and will be handling the table settings for more than 500 guests. All linens and china will be provided from the Versace Home Collection, but don’t expect anything too outrageous. Tabletops done in pinks, oranges, greens and light blues seem the perfect complement for the luxe seaside resort, as well as Versace’s spring collection.
Elsewhere at the festival, no one can deny he looks pretty awesome in “The Matrix Reloaded,” but Keanu Reeves is not the same old scruffy Keanu he used to be off-screen. For the Cannes premiere of the movie, he donned a black wool single-breasted peak-lapel tuxedo by Tom Ford for YSL Rive Gauche.
THE ITALIAN JOB: Socialites turned up in droves last Thursday night for the American-Italian Cancer Foundation dinner at Sotheby’s Bid Brasserie. Hosted by Massimo Ferragamo, Tory Burch, Valesca Guerrand Hermès and Eva Lorenzotti, the private dinner featured guests such as Rena Sindi, Lourdes Fanjul, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Samantha Boardman — with her new beau, Aby Rosen, who looks unwittingly like her old beau Graydon Carter.
CUSTO’S CRUISER: Custo Barcelona is putting its signature prints in motion. The company’s designer, Custo Dalmau, has teamed up with Chrysler to design a limited-edition 2004 Custo Barcelona PT Cruiser. With the help of model Esther Canadas, Dalmau was on hand at the Madrid Automobile Show this month, where the car was unveiled. Dalmau adapted his bold graphic designs to customize the exterior and interior of the PT Cruiser. The car will be available by special order beginning in September. A waiting list already extends well into 2004.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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