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FIFTH AVENUE SHOWDOWN: Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel are going head-to-head in a war to unearth fashion’s next big designer. Saks announced in an advertisement in WWD on Thursday that it will hold "Open See Days" for women’s apparel...
FIFTH AVENUE SHOWDOWN: Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel are going head-to-head in a war to unearth fashion’s next big designer. Saks announced in an advertisement in WWD on Thursday that it will hold "Open See Days" for women’s apparel and accessories designers around the country, beginning Wednesday in New York, which ruffled the feathers of the folks over at Bendel’s, considering the store’s long-standing tradition of holding similarly titled events that helped give an early start to a lot of today’s big designers, like Anna Sui.
"Geraldine Stutz [Bendel’s former president] originated that term back in the Seventies," volleyed Ed Burstell, Bendel’s vice president and general manager, noting the store’s next open call will be held in Los Angeles in August. "Everyone’s entitled to try to find a new designer, but this is done exactly the same as ours, right down to the name. They could have at least called it something else."
A spokesman for Saks, which is hosting a five-city tour, spiked back, "Well, why didn’t they copyright it? Because you can’t copyright the word ‘beauty pageant,’ either. We’re calling it what it is." He also said Saks has been holding open calls for "a long time, too, but we just have not capitalized on the press opportunity. We’re going to make this the ‘American Idol’ of the fashion world."
Speaking of publicity, Saks has been welcoming the spotlight quite a bit lately, with Lil’ Kim dragging a camera crew into the store as part of her appearance on the upcoming series "Livin’ Large" and Jennifer Lopez filming several scenes of "The Chambermaid" there.
And as for the Lopez look, all the pictures in the tabloids of J.Lo filming "The Chambermaid" last week made a big deal of her Harry Winston jewels, but did not credit her dress. Even though it looks a bit like the Versace number she wore to the Academy Awards, Lopez is decked out in Bob Mackie, from a couple of seasons back.
AU REVOIR?: LVMH is searching for a new Paris-based director of communications for Céline. While it could not be learned at press time whether David Au, its international director, had already left the brand, sources said his departure is a sign of bigger executive changes to come.
HERE’S TO YOU: The people who run Hearst seem to be firmly behind Harper’s Bazaar, despite the ever-swirling rumors about its imminent demise. Cathleen Black, Hearst president, and Michael Clinton, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director, convened Bazaar staffers last Wednesday for a champagne toast in the Hearst courtyard. Black was said to congratulate Bazaar on its increase in ad pages as well as newsstand sales, and spoke of "Bazaar’s iconic status" in the Hearst fold. According to Media Industry Newsletter, Bazaar’s August ad pages rose 4 percent from August 2001, although year-to-date ad pages are down 21.75 percent from last year.
BUT DO THEY ACTUALLY EAT CHOCOLATE?: This fall, Giorgio Armani's avid fashionistas will be tempted in more ways than one by the designer's latest productions. On Sept. 15, Armani will open an Armani Dolci space in his Via Manzoni megastore in Milan: a corner where pralines and chocolates will be a feast for the eyes …and the palates. Pralines with the Armani 'A' will be wrapped in Japanese paper and pearl-gray boxes, sealed with a flower kept fresh in its own vial of water. Preserves, exotic teas and coffees will complete the selection. Let's hope it has sweeter success than the ill-fated Bill Blass candy venture many years ago.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia