FEET FIRST: QVC is dipping its toes into designer territory once again by hosting the Fashion Footwear Association of New York’s annual benefit for breast cancer research on Wednesday at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The event will honor...
FEET FIRST: QVC is dipping its toes into designer territory once again by hosting the Fashion Footwear Association of New York’s annual benefit for breast cancer research on Wednesday at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The event will honor Burt Tansky, president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Group, and the late Vivian Infantino, who was fashion director of Footwear News which, like WWD, is published by Fairchild Publications Inc.
The benefit will feature a pop-up shoe salon where guests will be able to purchase styles donated by Manolo Blahnik, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Stuart Weitzman and others at half their retail price to aid the charities, while auction items will include a trip to Paris to attend the couture collections and a $20,000 shopping spree on Madison Avenue with stylist Patricia Field. The gala will coincide with a shoe sale being broadcast on QVC that also benefits the breast cancer charities and is expected, in its 11th year, to reach its one-millionth pair of shoes sold during the event. (The tally stands at 950,000.) On-air segments are planned to feature clips taped from the event, including a one-hour performance by Donna Summer.
What’s more, QVC has another designer benefit in the works, a Feb. 22 fashion show featuring diffusion lines for QVC by Alice Roi, John Bartlett, Maria Cornejo and Liz Collins. While sales from that show are expected to benefit a scholarship fund for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the event could also serve as an audition for the designers involved for their own possible spinoff deals with the network.
GETTING ARTSY: Christian Dior is bringing art and fashion closer together: under the same roof, in fact. When the French house christens its new flagship in Ginza this weekend, the top two floors will be devoted to a museum showcasing masterpieces by Renoir, Klimt, Van Gogh and Picasso alongside couture dresses by John Galliano. Contemporary works by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and others will also be featured next to designs by Galliano and Dior’s other designers: Hedi Slimane and Victoire de Castellane. And what would a Dior blowout be without a few stars? Word has it actresses Milla Jovovich and Lou Doillon will be joining Dior brass for the ribbon cutting on Friday.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion