DEJA SHOE: It was mayhem all over again at Christian Dior’s Rodeo Drive boutique on Tuesday, when Dior and Vogue cohosted the same event they hosted in New York two weeks earlier — inviting the chicest girls in town to "slip into the...
DEJA SHOE: It was mayhem all over again at Christian Dior’s Rodeo Drive boutique on Tuesday, when Dior and Vogue cohosted the same event they hosted in New York two weeks earlier — inviting the chicest girls in town to "slip into the hottest Dior shoe of your choice." "I’m going to go down and look right now," announced Debra Messing at the luncheon before the dessert even hit the table. Although most ladies, including Shiva Rose McDermott, Rosanna Arquette and Ione Skye, waited until after the lobster salad and crème brulée were served, some, like Messing, couldn’t wait to get first crack at the selection. Most ladies, including Jacqui Getty and Rose McGowan chose boots over heels, and some even left wearing them. "What a rush!" exclaimed Anna Getty. Especially, however, for China Chow. She attended both the East Coast and West Coast events.
DESIGNER OLYMPICS: The London-based Sophia Kokosalaki is returning to her Athenian roots. She’s been asked to design the costumes for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She’s just begun to map out what she wants — and there won’t be a toga or black tassle in sight. "It’s definitely not going to be folksy or tacky, and it’s not going to be some big, American Hollywood-scale thing," she said. "It’s going to be as tasteful and as intellectual as possible." Kokosalaki, who turns 30 next month, will oversee an entire creative team — from make-up artists to set designers — on the project. "I have a lot of work ahead of me, but at least I get to see my family, too," she said.
HOARDING ATTENTION: The larger-than-life photo of Iman wearing a diamond-studded leather collar for De Beers LV was hidden from view on Piccadilly in London Wednesday when antidiamond-mining protesters covered it with a photo of an African Bushwoman. De Beers LV is the joint venture between the diamond trading company and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. It will open its first flagship on Piccadilly next month. Survival International, a private, London-based organization that campaigns for the rights of tribal peoples, posted the photo and the slogan "The Bushmen aren’t forever," to protest against De Beers’ diamond mines in Botswana. "When diamonds were discovered there, the bushmen were evicted from their lands," said Jonathan Mazower, campaigns coordinator for the group. But Alain Lorenzo, ceo of De Beers LV, countered, "We have two very small diamond mines in Botswana, and there is no evidence…that diamond mining causes relocation of local Bushmen." Survival International’s next move will come when the Iman billboard finally comes down to reveal the flagship on Nov. 21.
MENDES MAKES A MOVE: After a decade as artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse, Sam Mendes is leaving to join the Donmar’s executive producer Carol Newling in forming a London-based film and theater production company. "The project is still in its very early stages of development, but it’s definitely happening," said a Mendes spokeswoman. Mendes is currently directing twinned productions of Chekov’s "Uncle Vanya" and Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" — both of which have the same cast featuring Emily Watson, Simon Russell Beale and Mark Strong — as his farewell effort at the theatre. Meanwhile, Michael Grandage and Nick Frankfort — both of whom have worked at the Donmar in the past — will replace Mendes and Newling, respectively.
KEYS TO THEIR HEARTS: "She has a voice from God and we wanted to give her this," said Stefano Gabbana, who with Domenico Dolce threw a rowdy party at Club Casablanca for Alicia Keys after her recent concert in Milan. The duo, who created Keys’ sexy concert wardrobe, were referring to the majestic decor: thousands of roses cascading from the walls and candlelit chandeliers, sprinklings of oranges and pomegranates throughout the club, and bikini-clad women doling out cigarettes and bananas from wicker baskets to the 300-plus crowd. "It’s too much — I love it," said Keys, who reportedly grooved with Naomi Campbell’s former boyfriend Joaquin Cortes. "And I love these Italians — they could talk to me all night in that language."
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