Fashion Scoops: Dare to Wear … Horn of Plenty … Professor Rucci …
DARE TO WEAR: Has photographing all that flesh for Abercrombie & Fitch given Bruce Weber a new appreciation for, ahem, clothing? Sources in Europe said Weber has designed a men’s collection, including swim trunks and cowboy...
DARE TO WEAR: Has photographing all that flesh for Abercrombie & Fitch given Bruce Weber a new appreciation for, ahem, clothing? Sources in Europe said Weber has designed a men’s collection, including swim trunks and cowboy shirts, and labeled it “Weber Built.” The casual line is expected to be available exclusively at the forthcoming Dover Street Market in London, a Comme des Garçons emporium featuring Rei Kawakubo’s various lines amid concessions by everyone from Lanvin and Raf Simons to Azzedine Alaïa.HORN OF PLENTY: Before exiting Paris on Friday night to attend Charlotte Casiraghi’s 18th birthday party in Monaco over the weekend, Karl Lagerfeld had time to whip up a Chanel couture dress for Princess Caroline of Hanover’s daughter – and crank out yet another fashion collaboration. This time, he’s teamed up with shoe guru Walter Steiger for a range of footwear reminiscent of a rhino’s horn. The pointy, multistrapped styles, under the Lagerfeld Gallery label, are slated for January delivery.PROFESSOR RUCCI: Ralph Rucci recently found himself around a kitchen table in the Virginia suburbs chatting with fledgling designers — new graduates from Marymount University, a small Catholic school with big fashion aspirations.“Do you think men will ever wear skirts?” asked Rucci, critiquing a student’s portfolio of bridal gowns, including one for the groom. “You put a skirt on him like [Jean Paul] Gaultier. Poetic.”Rucci was keeping a promise. This spring, flu sidelined his plans to accept Marymount's Designer of the Year Award, previous recipients of which have included Oscar de la Renta, Rose Marie Bravo and Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Rucci rescheduled for lunch late last month at a school benefactor’s home, where he delighted in the young designers’ creativity, like the junior prom dress with a collar stretching into a glove, a collection inspired by chocolate and separates made from recycled fabric.Rucci also offered tips: cut organza on the bias to achieve a blouson effect and avoid bodice-crossing princess seams. “They always look commercial,” said Rucci, while warning how “most buyers can only digest one design concept in one garment. That’s why I say, ‘Simplify, simplify.’”Rucci, who dressed his sister as a child growing up in Philadelphia, got his start in New York 25 years ago at Halston. After that he was fired from a series of jobs. “I thought I could do it differently and I couldn’t. If you’re hired to do a specific job, you do it,” he said.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)