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.”
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)