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.
“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)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews