Fashion Scoops: Exit Strategy … Of A Feather … The Bijou Chronicles …
EXIT STRATEGY: Gucci Group is once again promoting from within. Sources in Europe said Oliver Yang, Gucci Group’s general manager for Europe and the Middle East, will leave that post at the end of April for...
EXIT STRATEGY: Gucci Group is once again promoting from within. Sources in Europe said Oliver Yang, Gucci Group’s general manager for Europe and the Middle East, will leave that post at the end of April for another job opportunity. Word has it that Alberto Da Passano, chief financial officer at Yves Saint Laurent, has been tapped to take over the position. Da Passano worked as Gucci Group controller before becoming cfo of YSL. Gucci declined comment.
OF A FEATHER: Kylie Minogue’s “Show Girl” tour kicks off Saturday in Glasgow — literally — with a centerpiece costume worthy of the Lido or the Moulin Rouge. Designed by John Galliano, it boasts a crystal-pavéd corset fitted by Mr. Pearl and a feather headdress by milliner Stephen Jones. It’s actually the second time Galliano has collaborated with the pop star. “She knows exactly what she wants and goes for it,” Galliano said. “She is hardworking, but fun-loving.” Minogue’s European tour is slated to wrap up in May with a series of performances in London.
THE BIJOU CHRONICLES: Despite her indecent exposure at the PlayStation Portable fashion show Monday night, Bijou Phillips refused to cower in embarrassment the day after. Instead, the wild child wore a see-through, low-cut Sass & Bide coral dress to host Complex Magazine’s Los Angeles Fashion Week event (one of many billed as a “kickoff”) at Spider Club in Hollywood. Phillips said of her Janet Jackson moment: “It was horrible,” but added, “I just laughed it off and walked away. It’s, you know, not a big deal. It happened. I didn’t plan that. I just covered it [her breast] and kept walking.” However, she was glad that at least one audience member appreciated her faux pas: “My boyfriend was like, ‘It was the hottest thing ever! Sweet!’ He obviously is not new to [my breasts].” Phillips’ on-off flame, actor Danny Masterson, chauffeured her to the event, along with fellow host, model Caroline D’Amore. The catwalker, who will be in six shows this week, borrowed Phillips’ aqua Mason halter dress for the event, but quelle diva: When she’s not working, she insists on front-row seats at shows. “It’s being able to see everybody else in the front row and everybody’s reactions. You’re either like, ‘Whatever, I don’t care,’ or you’re like, ‘Oh God!’”Inside, the young Hollywood posse — which included Nicole Richie and DJ AM and Masterson’s “That ’70s Show” cast mate Wilmer Valderama, convened in a corner power booth. The gang sipped Stoli vodka and orange juice while Phillips scarfed down a Burger King hamburger and dirty danced with D’Amore to DJ Samantha Ronson’s beats. For sometime-model Phillips, L.A. Fashion Week is cause to celebrate: “I think it’s a good opportunity for local designers to get their stuff seen, and you know it’s harder for them, so you want to support. I feel like it’s good for America and it’s good for L.A.!”
SCALA SAGA: There’s plenty of drama going on at Milan’s Teatro Alla Scala — but not in the form of Giacomo Puccini operas. Musicians and other theater workers, angered by last month’s firing of superintendent Carlo Fontana, are requesting the resignations of newly tapped superintendent Mauro Meli — as well as famed conductor Riccardo Muti, who’s being blamed for the management shuffle. Worker representatives say they feel left out of the loop on strategic and financial decisions amid dwindling public support for the arts. A union source said the theater lost 16 million euros, or $21.3 million at current exchange rates, in 2004, the same year La Scala reopened to much fanfare after a two-year face-lift. Despite speculation to the contrary, theater and orchestra representatives say Muti hasn’t handed in a resignation letter. But the director has said he’s not directing a concert scheduled for this Friday, thus canceling the event. A spokesman for the orchestra said Muti issued a fax stating that current tensions preclude “the requisites for making music together.”
IN THE MIX: Los Angeles Fashion Week took a more civilized turn Tuesday afternoon when interiors guru Greg Jordan hosted a ladies lunch and Kai Milla trunk show at his West Hollywood home. The Bel-Air set (including Elizabeth Wiatt, Wendy Goldberg, Crystal Lourd and Colleen Bell) convened along with Milla’s power pals, Pauletta Washington (wife of Denzel), Keisha Whittaker (wife of Forrest), LaTonya Jackson (wife of Samuel L.) and Cookie Johnson (wife of Earvin aka Magic). Milla, whose debut collection showed in New York last month, sent out her sheer tops, slim satin skirts and sequined jackets while ladies lunched on Asian-inspired bites in Jordan’s living room. Said the Southern-bred Jordan: “I know the tops are sheer for dramatic effect on runway, but it’s really dramatic in my living room!” For her part, Milla said her creations were inspired by textures, since her husband, Stevie Wonder, who showed up for dessert, helps her choose fabrics. Milla, who is seven months’ pregnant (she wore an Alexander McQueen Empire-waisted dress), said any more events would have to wait awhile. “This may be the last time I’m on my feet.”
@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)