Fashion Scoops: Designers Cancel Oscar Plans … Ralph and Ricky’s Outing …Charity Cases …
DESIGNERS CANCEL OSCAR PLANS: As Hollywood buzzed Monday as to whether Sunday’s Academy Awards will be canceled due to war, it looks like Giorgio Armani will have some company when he catches the Oscars at home in Europe. Throughout Monday, word...
DESIGNERS CANCEL OSCAR PLANS: As Hollywood buzzed Monday as to whether Sunday’s Academy Awards will be canceled due to war, it looks like Giorgio Armani will have some company when he catches the Oscars at home in Europe. Throughout Monday, word came from European houses of cancellation. Minutes after a publicist confirmed Mathew Williamson was indeed on his way, the Los Angeles representative hit redial to say the London designer just canceled. Then came word that Margherita Missoni had not arrived with the Milan crew, camped out at the Chateau Marmont. The reason: her mother, Angela Missoni, forbade the 20-year-old to leave town. And Donatella Versace has also shelved her trip, leaving the Beverly Hills Hotel without the usual army of seamstresses, fitters and handlers. Her right- and left-hand men Jason Weisenfeld and Nunzio Palerma, however, are on their way. But its business as usual for others. Jade Jagger was said to have checked into the Mondrian Monday and was on her way to inspect the Aspery suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel. And a Stella McCartney spokesman confirmed she was already in California getting some R&R and would be flying into Los Angeles Thursday morning to co-host a lunch at the W magazine suite.
RALPH AND RICKY’S OUTING: Is Ralph Lauren more interested in Michael Gross’ unauthorized biography, "Genuine Authentic," than he’s perhaps letting on? Lauren and his wife, Ricky, were seen having coffee at the local Starbucks in New Canaan, Conn., on a recent Saturday when Gross pulled into Elm Street Books across the street to do a signing. The coincidence led some observers to question whether the Laurens were aware of the event. The Laurens have a house in nearby Bedford, N.Y.
"He loves New Canaan, and is here all the time. I’ve never seen them in Starbucks sitting. They never really loiter, they walk around and look in the windows," observed one New Canaan resident, who saw the Laurens at Starbucks having coffee on the terrace. They left right before the beginning of the book signing, which had been well-publicized in local newspapers and store windows.
A Lauren spokeswoman declined comment.
Gross said that when he arrived at the bookstore, he was told Lauren was across the street and saw the designer’s yellow Ferrari. But the two didn’t meet."Ralph has never been in the bookstore," said an Elm Street spokeswoman. She said 30 copies of "Genuine Authentic" were sold at the signing.
CHARITY CASES: Before it kicks off its broader Key to the Cure initiative, Saks Fifth Avenue has roped in a sizeable celebrity contingent for its annual Oscars-week benefit with Cedars-Sinai Research for Women’s Cancers. The March 25 event is being chaired by Hollywood power couples Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, while up-and-comers Jennifer Garner and Scott Foley are joining Candice Bergen and Bonnie Bruckheimer as national spokespersons for the cause.
This year’s honoree, Stella McCartney, also happens to be working on a new T-shirt to benefit Saks’ overall fundraising efforts to combat women’s cancers in its post-CFDA era. But she’s also designed something for the Cedars-Sinai event — the tablecloths for dinner, which feature the same "naughty monkey" print that adorns the dressing room of her New York store.
WAITING ON SPADE: Forget Bobby Short — Andy Spade has given the Carlyle something to sing about.
Kate’s counterpart will be outfitting the wait staff with suits from his Jack Spade collection when the Upper East Side landmark’s restaurant, Dumonet, opens next month. Spade’s coffee-colored morning suits and suede vests will complement the modern interior flair, courtesy of Thierry Despont. Chef Jean Louis Dumonet’s menu will also have an element of creativity, in that guests can design their own meals.
Spade has also come up with a concept for a women’s uniform, should the Carlyle hire a female for its wait staff.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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