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.
“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