DONATELLA'S FRONTMAN: Donatella Versace didn't need to invite any of her rock-star friends to play at her daughter Allegra Beck's 19th birthday party when there was already talent in the family. Her...
DONATELLA'S FRONTMAN: Donatella Versace didn't need to invite any of her rock-star friends to play at her daughter Allegra Beck's 19th birthday party when there was already talent in the family. Her son, 14-year-old Daniel Beck, and his band, Nucleus, played a 30-minute set at Allegra's party Tuesday night in Versace's Via Gesu apartment in Milan. Until then, Daniel Beck, the band's lead singer and guitarist, had only played his brand of garage rock at school concerts. While it's too early to know if he's planning a career in music, Mom's friends, Uncle Elton and Uncle Sting, will certainly have a few pointers for him.
DARYL'S 189 RE-ENTRY: Daryl Kerrigan is teaming up with Barneys New York to relaunch K 189, the secondary line she had spun off in the late Nineties but on which she put a hold in 2002. K 189 had focused on giving the cool downtown girl essentials such as low-slung jeans, little jackets and T-shirts. When Kerrigan reacquired the rights to her name from The Leiber Group in 2002, she chose to focus on rebuilding the Daryl K label, blending some of K 189's signature looks into that collection. This time, she is bringing the collection back in a cobranded format labeled Daryl K 189 & Co-op.
The collection will hit Co-op stores this August at retail prices from about $170 to $415. "We just missed those iconic pieces that Daryl was doing," said Julie Gilhart, fashion director at Barneys New York. "She is the original Lower East Side girl that had sophistication. Everybody loves Daryl."
VALENTINO'S EXCHANGE: Shares in Valentino Fashion Group will make their trading debut on the Milan Stock Exchange on Friday, and Valentino himself is expected to be there for the big event and ring the opening bell. As reported, Marzotto is spinning off its fashion interests, which include Valentino and a controlling stake in Hugo Boss, into a new company to boost visibility of its most profitable businesses. Marzotto shareholders will receive one Valentino Fashion Group share for each Marzotto share they own.TALENT SEARCH: London continues to be a hotbed of creativity — just ask the folks at DKNY. The company has chosen to sponsor the fashion, textiles and accessories areas at London's "New Designers" exhibition, which starts today and runs through July 10. The exhibit, held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, features the work of more than 3,000 U.K. students, and DKNY will award two prizes of 1,000 pounds, or about $1,800 at current exchange, for innovative and creative work. The company's creative team also will pick several designers and exhibit their work in its Bond Street store for six weeks this fall, to coincide with London Fashion Week. DKNY will kick the exhibit off by cohosting a party with Wallpaper magazine on Sept. 22.
FUR-FREE TEA: There won't be any fur flying during tea this afternoon at Stella McCartney's store in Los Angeles. The designer's boutique (minus McCartney, who's home in London tending to her four-month-old son, Miller) will play host to about 50 fashion influentials, including Amy Smart, Emily Deschanel and Constance Marie, in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States. John Grandy, the organization's senior vice president of wildlife, and Danny Seo, ecostylist and special projects editor for Organic Style magazine, will encourage the crowd (who was screened prior to the event to verify its PC status) to purchase and use clothes sans animal textiles — from leather to fur. It's a more gentle approach to activism for McCartney, who, in the past, has sent videos to designers describing animal cruelty. "She wanted to do something positive for animals in a respectful manner," said Claudine Gumbel, the event's publicist.
LIVE WIRE: Are clothes in window displays passe? Perhaps, if Nicolas Ghesquiere is any indication. Given the rare honor of having all 10 windows at Paris department store Le Bon Marche, the Balenciaga designer opted to take the artsy route, enlisting his artist buddies, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Seraphin Ducellier, to create videos (although they did sneak some clothes from the summer 2005 collection onto house muse Joana Price). The windows make their debut Friday and stay in for three weeks.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)