Fashion Scoops: Fashion Mystery … Out of Vogue … Skis a Crowd …
FASHION MYSTERY: Where is Jil Sander? And what is she up to? Curiosity is reaching a fever pitch as Jan. 31 approaches. That’s the day her noncompete agreement expires with Prada Group, which bought her company in 1999 and ousted her five months...
FASHION MYSTERY: Where is Jil Sander? And what is she up to? Curiosity is reaching a fever pitch as Jan. 31 approaches. That’s the day her noncompete agreement expires with Prada Group, which bought her company in 1999 and ousted her five months later. Sander no longer has control of her label, but she will soon be free to pursue fashion design — if she wants to. Theories abound, with some sources suggesting she’s sure to launch a new collection, while an equal number insist she’s enjoyed her free time and has no intentions of entangling herself in the tough fashion business. One Paris source has her launching a home collection. About the only thing for certain is that Sander’s talent for discretion remains formidable. She was actually in Paris during couture week, and is said to have dined with Azzedine Alaïa and friends.
OUT OF VOGUE: Miuccia Prada was there. Yohji Yamamoto was there. Sidney Toledano, the president of Christian Dior was there. But no one from American Vogue was invited to Azzedine Alaïa’s show at the close of Paris couture week Thursday. Alaïa could not be reached for comment, but it’s believed he scratched the title off his invitation list because it does not showcase his designs in the magazine. Sally Singer, fashion news/features director, and Hamish Bowles, European editor at large, who were covering couture for the magazine this week, were traveling and could not be reached for comment. But a Vogue spokesman offered: "This is Azzedine’s decision, and there’s nothing else to say about it."
SKIS A CROWD: Maybe it’s time for the fashion industry to give up its obsession with winter skiing. First Donna Karan broke her knee, then Diane Von Furstenberg wiped out on the slopes. Now Buffy Birrittella, executive vice president of women’s design and advertising at Polo Ralph Lauren, has become the latest victim of a painful ski-related accident, breaking her femur while on the slopes in Utah a couple of weeks ago. Ever the trooper, Birrittella was able to get back to work quickly, though, thanks to her good-hearted boss, who dispatched his private plane to retrieve her.
CARTOON HERO: Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who collaborated with Marc Jacobs on spring accessories for Louis Vuitton, is expected at Vuitton’s men’s show Saturday night. But he’s not painting eyeballs or cherry blossoms on men’s suits. Rather, he’s in Paris to work with Jacobs on store windows to trumpet the arrival of the handbags and leather goods. The windows, bowing March 1 worldwide, will feature a short animated feature starring the three characters Murakami created using the shapes in Vuitton’s famous monogram. Jacobs identifies them as "flower hat man," "onion head" and "panda bear." Meanwhile, Murakami is also creating new artworks that reference his collaboration with Jacobs. The new works are slated to be unveiled at the Marianne Boesky gallery in New York April 10.
DOLL FACE: Barbie is getting a major makeover. About 100 fashion designers and jewelry houses, including John Galliano, Phoebe Philo from Chloé, Boucheron and Bulgari, have been asked to make over the iconic doll for a presentation that begins this April in Paris. The dolls will be sold at auction in December to raise funds for the French Red Cross.
DRESSING TOWN: At her friend chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s request, Norma Kamali has decked out the female wait staff at Town with convertible skirts and long-sleeve T-shirts designed to be worn a variety of ways. "I did it just because we’re friends and neighbors. It’s not a new career step for me," Kamali said. "I love the food and go regularly. My friends are always asking how they can get in, but I can only call Geoffrey so many times."
INDIANA JONES OFF-ROAD: Harrison Ford didn’t do much Thursday morning for the image of celebrities tooling around in SUVs in the city. With Calista Flockhart riding shotgun, he nearly clipped a pedestrian while taking a right on red on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty