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.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.