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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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)