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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.
“I grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)