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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."
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)