Fashion Scoops: Copy Right … Isaac Targets L.A. … Nine Lives
Marc Jacobs, who attended opening festivities for the 50th Venice Biennale last week, wasn’t only interested in the art. He also was marveling at all the counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags his collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi...
Marc Jacobs, who attended opening festivities for the 50th Venice Biennale last week, wasn’t only interested in the art. He also was marveling at all the counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags his collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has unleashed. “The variety of knockoffs was beyond astounding,” he said, describing all manner of convincing and far-fetched copies, including bags made of transparent vinyl printed with cherry blossoms. “I was just blown away. Of course, there are some [Murakami bags] in the window of the Louis Vuitton shop in Venice. Not that there were necessarily any available for sale.” Indeed, not only are there waiting lists for the coveted bags, Jacobs was even alerted to one cunning ploy: a woman auctioning off her spot on a Murakami waiting list on eBay.
ISAAC TARGETS L.A.: Isaac Mizrahi, who’s been busy since announcing his Target line in February, was in Los Angeles over the weekend to promote the collection, which hits stores in August, and to emcee the closing night of the L.A. Film Festival at the Wadsworth Theater, sponsored by Target. “Wait until you see the stuff, you are going to freak out,” he gushed. “It looks just like everything you’ve always wanted and it costs, like, $9.99.” Actually, there are suede skirts for $40, denim blazers and corduroy dresses for $25 and tank tops for, yes, $9.99. “And the shoes are unbelievable — handbags too,” he continued. “It’s all women’s stuff so far, but stick around, because I have big plans.” And even though Los Angeles was in the throes of its own June gloom, Mizrahi was all smiles, “because New York is like a deluge. This is, by contrast, fantastic.”
NINE LIVES: The Thierry Mugler fashion house might be coming to an end, but it’s living on in many surprising ways. Mugler’s parent, Groupe Clarins, confirmed it’s in negotiations to license Mugler’s men’s wear to Italian firm Tombolini. Meanwhile, various licenses for Mugler products —from eyewear to handbags and jeans — are expected to continue. As reported, Clarins is negotiating to have Balmain take over the Mugler Couture factory in Angers, France, and four Mugler boutiques. Clarins is shuttering the money-losing fashion house to concentrate on Mugler fragrances.CARMEN GET IT: When “Carmen” returns to the stage at the reopening of the Roman hot springs of Terme di Caracalla on July 24, the cast will be wearing the designs of Alberta Ferretti. For the production, director Francesco Esposito looked to create the myth of “Carmen” with staging by Italo Grassi and Ferretti’s 490 costumes, which were designed to evoke a “hot sensuality,” with diaphanous chiffon for some characters and others in blankets and shawls over gauze and linen to give a feel of the Andalusian atmosphere.
“It is exciting to transfer my creativity to artists and creative persons who work in an environment far from my daily life,” Ferretti said.
Speaking of environments far from her daily life, Ferretti is traveling in Jordan this week for the 10th anniversary party of Queen Rania and King Abdullah.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)