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.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye