Fashion Scoops: Couture in Store … Prima Donna … Mack Attack …
COUTURE IN STORE: Donatella Versace has decided to take her upcoming couture show off the runway to present it in the company’s Paris flagship on Faubourg St. Honore. "This season felt like the right moment to make a change away from the runway...
COUTURE IN STORE: Donatella Versace has decided to take her upcoming couture show off the runway to present it in the company’s Paris flagship on Faubourg St. Honore. "This season felt like the right moment to make a change away from the runway and bring the collection back to our boutique," Versace said. "I’ve seen the wonderful reaction to the atelier when the press and clients see the collection up close. This is a way to present the clothes in a more personal and intimate environment and to focus on the clothing in a different way." The collection will obviously be edited down, but whether the clothes will be put on models or mannequins remains a question. While some might view the decision as another element of the house’s cost-cutting plan, especially after the joint show for the Versace and Versus spring collections, the designer is no newcomer to this choice: she last opted for this venue in January 2000.
PRIMA DONNA: Donna Karan ended up being a no-show at the party she was to host Monday night at L.A. music mogul Rick Rubin’s Hollywood pad because she was helping daughter Gabe finish her wedding plans. But Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Daryl Hannah, Erika Christensen, Jacqui Getty and musicians Aimee Mann and Neil Finn all came out to toast the Vanity Fair concert series, which opened Tuesday night to a packed house at the Wiltern Theater.
MACK ATTACK: If she’d been life-size, no one could have smuggled her so quietly or so deviously out of the party. But the Bob Mackie-designed Fantasy Goddess of Asia Barbie Doll is about ruler-sized, so someone was able to swipe her from her display case while press and VIP buyers were glued to the California Market Center’s runway show Nov. 1. Those with legitimate intentions — and a desire to meet the real Mackie — can purchase designer-edition Mattel dolls at Inside the Designer’s Studio, a Jan. 17 fund-raiser for Otis College to be held at CMC.
WEDDINGS IN STORE: Amorous couples will be able to get more than their Christmas baubles at Selfridges this winter, when the store adds wedding ceremonies to its list of services. Selfridges was recently granted a license by the City of Westminster to conduct civil marriages at its Oxford Street flagship. "Selfridges is about inspiration and fun and offering our customers something new at every turn," said James Bidwell, marketing director of the store. Couples will be able to choose between the Premier Restaurant or the Lower Ground Atrium space. This new venture coincides with Selfridges’ "The Winter of Love" Christmas campaign, which includes a program of music and performances, as well as Christmas gifts.
@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