FAN CLUB: It was a pure mix of music and fashion at the Sweetface show on Friday night. The likes of Foxy Brown, Roberto Cavalli, Russell Simmons, Ashanti and Jaime King came out to support Jennifer Lopez and her collection. “I spoke to Jennifer this morning on the telephone to wish her luck,” Cavalli said. “When she found out I was in New York and not going to her show, she couldn’t understand. I said, ‘You didn’t invite me!’ Now, here I am.” Tyson Beckford, sporting a black Sean John smoking jacket, said, “I’m here to support a minority in the fashion business, a business that doesn’t support us.” Simmons thought the key to Lopez’s success in the fashion biz was a no-brainer. “All she’s got to do is come to work. Her good taste will be reflected in the clothes.”
VALENTINO’S VALENTINE: Soccer legend Ronaldo and Brazilian MTV VJ/model Daniela Cicarelli are set to celebrate their union today outside of Paris — even if the official “I do’s” won’t be exchanged until some time late this year. According to wire service reports, Spanish law prevents the soccer star from remarrying until a full year has passed from his divorce to Milene Domingues, which will be over the summer. Still, at the party at the Chateau de Chantilly in the French countryside, the stunning Brazilian bride has opted to avoid traditional frills and lace and will walk down the aisle in a sexy, glamorous gown by Valentino. The designer and Giancarlo Giammetti, along with 200-plus guests, will attend the blessed affair.
THE WORD FROM LVMH: Tony Bologna, group managing director at LVMH Moët Henessey Louis Vuitton, said at the Donna Karan show Friday that he was pleased with the progress the subsidiary was making, but it still has a way to go.
“I spent some time with Donna this morning. I think it’s obvious that it won’t happen overnight, but we’re making solid and steady progress in the women’s area,” said Bologna. He said DKNY and footwear are both looking very good, and the company is making “great improvements in our [freestanding] stores.” In the last nine months, the stores have shown a 20 percent increase in volume, said Bologna. “Our stores obviously have a way to go, but that’s where we can execute better.”Bologna also noted Karan’s wholesale business is strategizing to improve its sell-throughs. “It’s far from me to say we’re done. It’s the beginning of the journey. We’re putting more focus on accessories and that’s a platform for growth. Donna’s very excited and I’m excited. We’re pleased with the direction, but it will take more time.”
LAUREN ON LAUREN: “This has definitely been the best of week,” said an enthusiastic Lauren Bush, who attended the Ralph Lauren show Friday. “It was a knock-out.” Of course, she was standing at the time next to Dylan Lauren, the designer’s daughter, but she seemed very sincere. Among the shows Bush saw last week were J. Mendel, Calvin Klein and Zac Posen. The Princeton co-ed, who recently spent six months in Australia, said she’s majoring in anthropology and photography. She hasn’t made up her mind on her summer plans yet, but hopes to spend time in the city. “I miss New York,” said Bush.
ANIMAL HOUSE: The only thing missing was a keg of beer. With the frat-boy antics in the front row of the Zac Posen show, one would have thought the venue was Madison Square Garden. P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons and Jeff Tweedy, sharing a bottle of Posen-provided Moët, vacillated between cat-calling, exaggerated applause and tirelessly scrutinizing the models’ assets as they paraded by the raucous posse. The models, for their part, seemed more titillated than ticked off. For the audience members watching, however, it was just the opposite.
THE YEAR IN SKIN: Models, editors, designers and photographers gathered Thursday night to toast the publication of Pirelli’s 2005 calendar, shot by Patrick Demarchelier. Guests including Anna Wintour, Harvey Weinstein, Calvin Klein, Stephanie Seymour, Natalia Vodianova, Gilles and Kelly Bensimon and Graydon Carter packed into the Tony Shafrazi Gallery amid giant blowups of the seminude models, several of whom were present as well. Naomi Campbell and Tyson Beckford, stars of the ad campaign for Pirelli’s PZero fashion line, were the guests of honor. Worried that the oversized calendars would run out before the party ended, more than a few guests grabbed one on the way in, forcing them to conduct their revelries with unwieldy cardboard boxes tucked under their arms. No one seemed to mind.PARIS’ PLANS: What would a fashion week be without Paris Hilton? The blonde one rounded out a busy week with a stop at Lord & Taylor on Thursday to promote her eponymous new fragrance. The appearance drew over 800 people, according to Barbara Zinn Moore, the store’s senior vice president and general merchandise manager, while about 300 early birds were granted an opportunity to meet Hilton in person. ”It’s so nice to see all of my fans and get feedback on my perfume,” said Hilton, who wore a conservative gray Theory pantsuit to the event. After the hour-long meet-and-greet, she noted that it was interesting to see a wide range of ages in the crowd, “from little girls to older women.” Hilton cited the Luca Luca, Nanette Lepore and Narciso Rodriguez (to which her chihuahua, Tinkerbell, made a much-ballyhooed appearance) shows as some of her favorites of the week, and confirmed rumors that plans for a fashion line inspired by her pampered pooch are under way. “It’s basically going to be like how I dress but for dogs — cute dresses and tuxedos and bathing suits,” she said, adding that she’d like to get the line out by the end of the year. Hilton said that her own clothing line, which is being developed, will include “little sweatsuits and low jeans.” Hilton’s parents, who were also in attendance, seemed in awe of their rather industrious daughter. “I get tired just watching her,” Kathy Hilton said.PARIS’ PLANS: What would a fashion week be without Paris Hilton? The blonde one rounded out a busy week with a stop at Lord & Taylor on Thursday to promote her eponymous new fragrance. The appearance drew over 800 people, according to Barbara Zinn Moore, the store’s senior vice president and general merchandise manager, while about 300 early birds were granted an opportunity to meet Hilton in person. ”It’s so nice to see all of my fans and get feedback on my perfume,” said Hilton, who wore a conservative gray Theory pantsuit to the event. After the hour-long meet-and-greet, she noted that it was interesting to see a wide range of ages in the crowd, “from little girls to older women.” Hilton cited the Luca Luca, Nanette Lepore and Narciso Rodriguez (to which her chihuahua, Tinkerbell, made a much-ballyhooed appearance) shows as some of her favorites of the week, and confirmed rumors that plans for a fashion line inspired by her pampered pooch are under way. “It’s basically going to be like how I dress but for dogs — cute dresses and tuxedos and bathing suits,” she said, adding that she’d like to get the line out by the end of the year. Hilton said that her own clothing line, which is being developed, will include “little sweatsuits and low jeans.” Hilton’s parents, who were also in attendance, seemed in awe of their rather industrious daughter. “I get tired just watching her,” Kathy Hilton said.FAMILYAFFAIR: Bette Midler brought her whole family to the Zac Posen show Thursday night: her husband, Martin von Haselberg, and her daughter, Sophie, a freshman at Yale. “Sophie wanted to come, I wanted to come. We forgot about this whole business of clothes,” Midler said, referring to the fact that neither she nor her daughter were wearing Posen. But she had the kindest words to say about the designer and his work: “He’s witty, he’s funny, he’s got all the right things.”
MULTITASKING: Sally Hershberger was supposed to be celebrating her new T-shirt and denim line, Shagg, at her salon Wednesday night, and she was. But she also found some time to fix Joan Jett’s hair. “We’ve known each other for 30 years,” Hershberger said, after doing a quick cut for Jett. “When she came in, her hair was a little flat. I thought she could use some extra height.”
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews