FIELD RESEARCH: It looks like Patricia Field has landed another big styling gig with plenty of latitude. Word has it Field is heading to Paris to scout outfits for Meryl Streep, who will portray Miranda Priestly in the film adaptation of the sulfurous novel "The Devil Wears Prada." Besides a stop at Prada's Paris showroom, Field is expected to take in some couture shows. Director David Frankel plans to start shooting the film this fall in Paris and New York.
GROUP MENTALITY: Jeremy Scott is the latest creative type to team up with Longchamp. The bag Scott will design for the French accessories firm is slated to be launched this fall, when Longchamp hopes to open a boutique in New York's SoHo district. British industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick, who also has created bags for Longchamp, has worked on the concept for the store, which Jean Cassegrain, the firm's managing director, said will be unlike any of Longchamp's 100 other units. And the collaborations don't stop there. Longchamp, who also asked graffiti artist Astre 74 to work on its fall collection, is in the early stages of a project with Paul White, the British graphic designer behind Me Company. Last year, Longchamp asked artist Tracey Emin to design a bag.
CHANEL'S BEAR MOMENT: A life-size bear doesn't typically make its way up to Chanel's 57th Street executive offices, but president and chief operating officer Maureen Chiquet had the honor on Wednesday. Build-a-Bear Workshop's mascot, Bearemy, presented her a fuzzy play-pet modeled after the executive in a tweed jacket, a tank top, jeans and a black handbag. The Chiquet bear is part of an initiative to celebrate the opening of Build-a-Bear Workshop's 22,000-square-foot flagship next week at 565 Fifth Avenue.
"I love the idea of putting a bear in a Chanel jacket and jeans. That's my look," Chiquet quipped as she hugged Bearemy and held the Chiquet bear. "I love the fact that it's a St. Louis-based company and I am from St. Louis."As part of the opening, the company picked about 15 New Yorkers and created two bears of each, one of which they get to keep while the other is to be auctioned in aid of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. The bear, signed by Chiquet and adorned with an authentic double-C pin donated by Chanel, will be displayed in the store through the September auction.
The bear presents a dilemma of sorts for Chiquet: how to avoid her two children from fighting over it. "I have to put the bear somewhere where they can both enjoy it," she said.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews