Fashion Scoops: Ellen Tracy Sold? … Guess Who’ll Do the Dress … Foot Lights
ELLEN TRACY SOLD? It's been on and off the block for years, but now Ellen Tracy may finally have been sold, sources told WWD. Herb Gallen, the 86-year-old owner and chairman of the bridge apparel powerhouse is apparently getting down to the matter of...
ELLEN TRACY SOLD? It's been on and off the block for years, but now Ellen Tracy may finally have been sold, sources told WWD. Herb Gallen, the 86-year-old owner and chairman of the bridge apparel powerhouse is apparently getting down to the matter of planning his estate."He's taking care of his heirs," said a source."You know the guy is in his eighties, he still prices the line," said one retailer. "He's active."Gallen is married to Linda Allard, who designs the Ellen Tracy collection. They couldn't be reached for comment. Six years ago, Boston-based Bain & Co. almost bought Ellen Tracy, but Gallen nixed the deal at the last moment and took the company off the block. Bain could be back for a second try. Other logical contenders are Financo Inc., which brokered the deal with Bain, Liz Claiborne, Jones Apparel Group, and Vestar Capital Partners. Two long shots are Retail Brand Alliance, which has its plate full with its recent Brooks Bros. acquisition, and Texas Pacific, which already owns the troubled J. Crew, as well as Bally.GUESS WHO'LL DO THE DRESS: Gabby Karan-- Donna's daughter--flew to Italy this week for a romantic liaison with Gianpaolo De Felice, who hails from Naples. Seems the two are engaged, but there's no word on a wedding date yet. "He's a pilot for Alitalia," Gabby said at last week's birthday party for Kal Ruttenstein at the Hudson Penthouse.Also at the party, Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar, was overheard telling Donna Karan that she's planning a feature about the designer in the October issue. The topic: Karan's weight loss, haircut and personal chef. Later, Patti Cohen, Donna's spokeswoman, said, "Nothing is confirmed."FOOT LIGHTS: Candie's is aggressively advertising in the fall, and those at the company can't think of a better way to showcase the clothes and accessories than to feature three rising stars. The first Candie's girl is Ashanti, who's signed to Def Jam Records and whose latest hit, "Foolish," continues to top the charts. She was clearly having a blast at the shoot, which took place at Picture Ray Studios in New York last week, laughing and munching on Krispy Creme doughnuts.KYLIE'S BOYS: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana can't get Kylie Minogue out of their heads. First they dressed the pop siren for her Fever tour, and now the duo is heating up the Milan summer scene by throwing a mega party at Milan's Spazio Antologico following Minogue's concert Tuesday night. The designers sent out invites containing black T-shirts and asked guests to customize and wear them for entree into the party. In this case, one size really does fit all.
@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 (📷: Dominique Maître)
@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)