Fashion Scoops: Down Time … Hermes Record … Jordache’s New Look …
DOWN TIME: Alixe Boyer, Christian Dior Inc.'s vice president of communications, has resigned, effective June 28. Boyer said she's enjoyed her three years at Dior, but believes it's time to change direction in her...
DOWN TIME: Alixe Boyer, Christian Dior Inc.'s vice president of communications, has resigned, effective June 28. Boyer said she's enjoyed her three years at Dior, but believes it's time to change direction in her career. "I plan to take the summer off and reevaluate my professional life in the fall," she said. Prior to working at Dior, Boyer held the post of senior director of communications at Ralph Lauren and also worked in the public relations department at Calvin Klein. Her replacement has not been named.
HERMES' RECORD: Ka-ching! Last week's Hermes trunk show at the Madison Avenue flagship did more than $2.2 million, setting a record for the New York store. The French luxury house offered pieces from its fall ready-to-wear collection designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as its shoe collection, which was created by Pierre Hardy.
Top items included a black astrakhan and brown mink-trimmed jacket, at $19,800 retail; a cropped shaved mink jacket for $11,300; a leather riding jacket for $5,500, and a leather-trimmed tweed pleated skirt for $3,675. Top footwear looks included an over-the-knee "Lointaine" boot for $1275, a "Lenon" flat ankle boot for $840 and a "Louise" flat lace-up brogue, for $740. Hermes kept the mood particularly French, offering Payard pastries while shoppers checked out the collection on in-house models or on a a flat-screen television displaying the runway presentation.
JORDACHE'S NEW LOOK: Brittany Murphy will star in the latest Jordache advertising campaign slated to run in national publications from fall 2005 through spring 2006. Patrick Demarchelier will shoot the campaign, which will feature a new take on the Jordache horse head logo. Jordache recently introduced a new premium line of jeans inspired by the classic Jordache look.
ON SHOW: Madonna is putting in an appearance at men's wear trade show Pitti Uomo later this month. No, the star isn't heading to Florence. Rather, the Ferragamo-owned Gallery Hotel Art is staging an exhibit of Steven Klein's photos and videos of the singer/icon. The show, with the awkwardly written title "Madonna: X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS2," features nine photographs and seven video projects Klein created for the star's last tour, including shots, previously published in WWD's sister publication W, of the Material Girl contorting her body into poses worthy of a circus performer. The exhibit opens June 23 and runs through Sept. 30.SHADOW DANCING: Christian Lacroix, who just signed on with Falic Group, the new owners of his fashion house, had another dramatic fashion event this week. Wednesday night in Brussels, the curtain went up on costumes he designed for the Richard Strauss opera "The Woman Without a Shadow" at the Theatre de la Monnaie. Shadowless or not, the women roaming the stage radiated chic in long, ravishing dresses with goddess airs. The show runs through June 29.
BAG RACKET: She may have stumbled during the French Open, but hometown tennis hero Amelie Mauresmo was aces in the handbag arena Monday night in Paris. Mauresmo was among 18 French celebrities tapped by Goyard to design a handbag for an auction to aid the Curie Institute, a cancer research charity, and hers bagged the highest bid: 6,000 euros, or about $7,360. "I am very proud, I'm a hit!" she said with a laugh about a design she described as "sober," with a sporty stripe and her famous initials. The coup put her in a buying mood, and she put in winning bids on two handbags. Other participants included Marion Cotillard, Nathalie Baye and Judith Godreche.
PICTURE PERFECT: Hedi Slimane is getting deeper into the art world. This fall, the Dior Homme designer will curate an exhibition of photos by Robert Mapplethorpe at the Thaddeus Ropac gallery in Paris. And he's also gearing up for his first solo show of photography next January at the Almine Rech Gallery in Paris.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)