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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)