Fashion Scoops: Euro Star … Ruff Life … Night Life …
EURO STAR: Calvin Klein, en route to Paris to celebrate the opening of his new Avenue Montaigne collection boutique Thursday night, has been mum about his itinerary in Europe. His trip is described as mostly private, so don’t expect him to turn...
EURO STAR: Calvin Klein, en route to Paris to celebrate the opening of his new Avenue Montaigne collection boutique Thursday night, has been mum about his itinerary in Europe. His trip is described as mostly private, so don’t expect him to turn up at any runway shows. But sources said that he and Fran Lebowitz are expected to attend a Francesco Clemente opening in Naples on Saturday.
RUFF LIFE: He’s shot the world’s most beautiful women. But Mario Testino has also turned his lens to glamorize other species: cats and dogs. The photographer recently shot the packaging and advertising for Sheba and Caesar pet food, which are being repositioned as fashionable brands for those who pamper their pets — with designer accessories to boot. The campaign recently broke in France and may yet go global. Testino said he accepted the assignment because so many of the women he photographs are target customers. "It closes the circle," he said. Or make that the leash. But Testino himself is petless. "With my travel schedule, it would be too cruel," he said.
NIGHT LIFE: George Clooney is living it up in Italy, taking a rare seven-day break from years of back-to-back filming, having recently wrapped up "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." At Giorgio Armani’s after-party at Nobu Monday night, he helped close down the joint — and then went on to party at Club Hollywood. Clooney recently bought a house in Como — but not the famous Versace villa. "No, I couldn’t afford that," he said laughing, describing his new pad as "the perfect place to crash when you’re drunk." Meanwhile, Kim Cattrall’s modus operandi in Italy isn’t drinking. It’s shopping. But the co-author of "Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm," said she’s also working on a documentary for HBO about — what else? — sex.
MYSTERY MAN: Florida-based designer Zoran didn’t have a fashion show in Milan this week. No matter. He held court in the Four Seasons lobby, downing vodkas into the wee hours and receiving a parade of editors from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines who recognized him. Asked what he’s doing in Italy, Zoran said he’s here to look at real estate. And the next stop on his itinerary? Australia. "For the horses," he said.
FULL OF HOLES: The Legion of Honor notwithstanding, the latest accessory to be donned by a fashion designer is a gold medal from La Fédération Française des Dentelles et Broderies. That’s the trade organization that promotes the use of lace and handwork industries in France, which is honoring Bill Blass designer Lars Nilsson tonight for his artful use of lace, at a ceremony at Le Palais du Luxembourg.
FLOWER POWER: Kenzo Parfums spread urban zen in Paris this weekend. The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand planted 180,000 paper poppies — its emblem — in such spots as the Place des Victoires and the Bastille during the wee hours of Saturday morning to promote its women’s fragrance, Flower by Kenzo. Parisians harvested them with gusto, picking the red flowers so quickly that not a one was left by midafternoon.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)