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."
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.