COMEBACK KATE: Kate Moss, only recently out of a rehab clinic, has already bagged at least one advertising campaign. French accessories firm Longchamp confirmed Tuesday that Moss is the star of its upcoming spring campaign, shot last week by photographer Mario Sorrenti at Industria Studios in New York.
CALLING ZAC: Zac Posen got a new nickname when he was in Houston last Thursday for a fashion show and cocktail party to benefit Best Buddies International at Neiman Marcus. "We're going to start calling him 'Zac the Knife' because he's so on the cutting edge," cooed Nancy Dinerstein, decked out in Posen from shoulders to shins. "There have got to be at least 25 women here wearing my clothes," exclaimed Posen as he eyed the crowd. The Zac Pack was indeed out in force, including event chairman Becca Cason Thrash in embroidered pants with a fox-trimmed cape; Debra Grierson in a chiffon gown with a long train; Mary Beth Aspromonte in a bilevel chiffon gown; Barbara Gamson, Lisa France, Karen Pulaski and Phoebe Tudor in similar short Posen cocktail dresses, and Allison Sarofim (in from New York), plastic surgeon Lisa Santos and Greggory Fields Burk.
After the show, the crowd headed to the Thrash mansion for cocktails and a midnight breakfast, but not before some of them made stops at fast-food drive-ins to tide them over until midnight, or back at their own houses to change clothes (hey, it's Houston). But all didn't end well for Thrash — at 2:30 a.m., as she was making her final swirl through the soiree, she slipped on the black granite floor and fractured her tailbone. "I guess this gives new meaning to 'pain in the a--,'" she moaned.
BLUE'S CLUES: Miss Sixty is the latest European to be lured by New York Fashion Week. WWD has learned the Italian denim giant plans to make its runway debut in Manhattan next February. The event looks set to be a rock 'n' roll affair, with Miss Sixty's irreverent muse, actress-cum-model-cum-DJ Asia Argento, set to open the show. "We want to position ourselves as a ready-to-wear brand, not just a denim brand," said Emily Liu, Miss Sixty's U.S. director of marketing.SNAKE CHARM: The two 11-foot Burmese snakes suggestively coiling around the mannequins at the Calvin Klein Collection boutique on Madison Avenue didn't escape from the Bronx Zoo. They were made especially for the store by Nimba Creations, a U.K. firm that specializes in props, animatronics and prosthetics. "We researched for months to find someone to do this," Dale Rozmiarek, vice president of creative services at Calvin Klein, explained. "We wanted something that was realistic."
The difficult process started with two deceased Burmese pythons, frozen to avoid decomposition during transport. Once at Nimba, they were defrosted, to be cast in three sections. The structures were then painted scale by scale before being hand-delivered to Calvin Klein, where they were installed last week. The window displays are thought-provoking and full of sexual suggestions, but then controversy is somewhat synonymous with the house.
"A lot of people think snakes are evil, but it's quite to the contrary," Rozmiarek said. "The Chinese believe that they are very sexual and actually ward off evil."
The two snakes will be in the Madison Avenue windows until next week. They will journey to the Milan and Paris Collection stores during those cities' fashion weeks next year and also be on display in the Rome boutique.
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