Fashion Scoops: Family Matters … For Sale … French Ties …
FAMILY MATTERS:Ralph Rucci has nixed his couture show in Paris, which had been set for Jan. 25, following the death of his mother over the holidays, as well as deaths in the families of two of his top assistants. But...
FAMILY MATTERS:Ralph Rucci has nixed his couture show in Paris, which had been set for Jan. 25, following the death of his mother over the holidays, as well as deaths in the families of two of his top assistants. But Rucci said his Chado high-fashion collection for summer would still be produced and presented instead at his ready-to-wear show Feb. 11 during fashion week in New York. Rucci said he plans to return to the Paris couture calendar this July.
FOR SALE: It looks like the newly refreshed Donatella Versace is paring down her wares. Italian auction house Porro & C. confirmed that it’s organizing two auctions on the designer’s behalf in Milan and Como on April 7 and May 7, respectively. Neither Porro nor Versace could provide further details about which of her personal effects are going on the block, but Italian daily newspaper Finanza & Mercati values the lot of furniture, paintings and bronze sculptures at about 7 million euros, or $9.3 million at current exchange. Donatella is an art lover much like her brother Gianni, whose vast collection fetched millions of dollars in auctions after his death in 1997. FRENCH TIES: Lars Nilsson has a chic new design studio director over at Nina Ricci: Vanessa Bellanger. If her name rings a bell, it’s because Bellanger recently was design director for women’s Collection at Polo Ralph Lauren. Before that, Bellanger was part of John Galliano’s team at Christian Dior and one of his muses.SHULMAN’S HONOR: Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue, has received an Order of the British Empire for her services to the U.K. magazine industry. The award is part of the British government’s annual New Year Honors List to acknowledge distinguished service to the arts, sciences, public services and charity organizations. During Shulman’s 12-year tenure at Vogue, circulation has risen to more than 200,000 copies from around 170,000. Prior to Vogue, Shulman worked for Tatler, GQ and The Sunday Telegraph, where she continues to write a weekly column.ALL DOLLED UP: Cynthia Rowley isn’t scheduled to give birth to a new son or daughter until later this month but already she’s playing with dolls. Just in time for the baby’s arrival, a new Barbie doll wearing Rowley-designed duds will hit stores. The limited-edition doll will retail for $80 and be available at Rowley’s four stores nationwide. And for any grownups who are still feeling a bit deprived that they never owned their own Barbie dream house, Barbie’s handbag can be had in a life-size version for $250.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye