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DONNA DOES PARIS: It looks like there will be a new face in the front row at the couture shows in Paris July 8 to 13: Donna Karan. The designer is said to be planning a swing through the City of Light as part of a working holiday in Europe. On her...
DONNA DOES PARIS: It looks like there will be a new face in the front row at the couture shows in Paris July 8 to 13: Donna Karan. The designer is said to be planning a swing through the City of Light as part of a working holiday in Europe. On her wish list of shows would likely be Yohji Yamamoto, who is showing spring ready-to-wear on July 7, and Chanel. But she also will probably make an appearance for her designer colleagues at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, whose couture houses include Christian Dior, Givenchy and Christian Lacroix.NEVER MIND FASHION: Life in Milan screeched to a halt for Tuesday's World Cup game between Italy and South Korea and a conference held on the luxury goods industry was no exception. Altagamma, an association of luxury goods companies, stopped the proceedings just in time to project the game on a giant screen and postpone the second part of the event until the game was over. A sports bar-like ambience took over as executives such as Santo Versace, Tod's Diego Della Valle, Bulgari's Francesco Trapani and Vittorio Missoni were transfixed on the game. A TV reporter was even casing the aisles for game commentary from some of fashion's biggest names. High-fives and hugs were exchanged while Italy was winning 1-0. But the mood soon soured as South Korea scored a last gasp equalizer and won in overtime after a controversial sending off of star player Francesco Totti. No expletives were spared.Meanwhile, when the World Cup wraps up in Yokohama, Japan, on June 30, soccer fans will begin the countdown to the next tournament in Germany in 2006. And the promotional effort will begin with the help of none other than Karl Lagerfeld. The designer has been tapped as one of Germany's most famous citizens to star in a promotional film for the event. Shooting starts Friday, along with Claudia Schiffer, Boris Becker and Formula One racing champ Michael Schumacher.BENDEL'S BOY: London-based French designer Roland Mouret arrived in New York last week for his first U.S. trunk show. Mouret's designs, which are sold exclusively at Henri Bendel, sold about $10,000 in stock and another $15,000 in special orders."That's a very respectable number for the first time out," said Ed Burstell, vice president and general manager of Henri Bendel. "You can really see that there is this cult starting with him."Some brisk sellers included a Forties-style boucle cape, a double chiffon, off-the-shoulder tunic and the "Glasgow coat" in a hunting twill with oversized buttons and shoulder detailing. Prices ranged from $1,500 to $4,000 for coats, $400 to $600 for skirts and $300 to $600 for blouses.BIRTHDAY HONORS: Everyone might be yakking about Mick Jagger getting his knighthood, but there were hundreds of others on the Queen's honor roll. One of them is the London-based fashion designer Caroline Charles, whobecame an OBE--Officer of the Order of the British Empire--for her services to the fashion industry. Charles, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her fashion house, was made an OBE as part of the Queen's Birthday Honors last weekend. Charles was a fixture of the Swinging London set and designed clothing for Marianne Faithfull and the future Sir Mick.RENT: A group of British MPs want the minor royals living at Kensington Palace to quit their luxury--and low-rent--digs posthaste. After a recent tour of the palace, members of the House of Commons' public accounts committee--the watchdog of government spending--were said to be scandalized by the "peppercorn rents" that royals are paying to live at Kensington Palace--which costs taxpayers about $22.5 million to maintain. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, for example, pay $9,000 a year for their seven-bedroom flat, and the MPs are strongly urging them to "do the decent thing" and vacate. Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth has agreed to publish details of how the $12 million her family receives from the British government each year is spent."
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye