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.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion