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."
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)