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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."
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)