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.
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)