Fashion Scoops: First Lady … Haute or Not … Big in Japan …
FIRST LADY: It wasn’t the first fashion show for Gucci chief executive officer Robert Polet, but it was for his wife, Caroline. Together, the fashion novices schmoozed with the style set, chatting it up with Mario...
FIRST LADY: It wasn’t the first fashion show for Gucci chief executive officer Robert Polet, but it was for his wife, Caroline. Together, the fashion novices schmoozed with the style set, chatting it up with Mario Testino after the show. Caroline snapped pictures of her husband with her digital camera as he gave television interviews. Still, she seemed a bit flummoxed by the crush of press, declining to say if she had a favorite piece of the collection. “It was very Gucci. It was very, very nice,” she said.
HAUTE OR NOT: Although Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have started to sell one-of-a-kind pieces that can sell for upward of $100,000 out of their Milan flagship, the designers don’t want to be called couturiers. “Couture just reeks of oldness,” Gabbana proclaimed on the sidelines of a press conference Thursday ahead of their Dolce & Gabbana show today. “These dramatic clothes are made just to sell perfume. They’re just not wearable.” Dolce went further, lamenting, “Couture today has become surreal, impossible to wear. What we’re trying to do is understand what the market wants.” The duo has discovered that women will shell out top dollar for one-offs. “They want something quick, yet never before seen,” Gabbana said. On offer behind leopard-and-gold-covered doors in the Milan store are dresses, furs and embroidered jeans starting at $1,200. The designers say they hope to roll out the concept to other flagships.
BIG IN JAPAN: Karl Lagerfeld, as fashion’s ultimate multitasker, wouldn’t dream of taking a trip to Japan for only one purpose. To wit: When he travels to Tokyo in early December for the opening of Chanel’s new Ginza flagship — and to unveil a Coco Tokyo pre-fall collection — he’s packing his cameras, too. That’s because he’s collaborating with Interview magazine for a special Tokyo issue, spotlighting personalities from the worlds of film, fashion and art. Interview’s Ingrid Sischy said her only concern is Lagerfeld’s penchant for shooting in the street. “He’s really popular in Japan,” she said. “I think I’m going to be the traffic cop. I can feel it.”ACTING UP: “We’re often inspired by film,” Emanuele Della Valle said Wednesday night at his massive, jam-packed Hogan presentation. And how. Among the attractions were a live Lee Strasberg Method class, a raw cut of Al Pacino’s upcoming documentary on the legendary acting coach and, of course, plenty of colorful bags and shoes. “We try to transmit some of the same magic [of movies] with our collections,” Della Valle explained.B>Dennis Hopper, who is developing a film with Della Valle, presided over the acting class with a bevy of hopeful actors, one of whom will win a one-year scholarship at the Actor’s Studio in New York.
HE GETS BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS: Riccardo Tisci knows how tough and expensive it can be to stage a runway show, so the Milan designer called upon a little help from his friends, namely Maria Carla Boscono. The Italian model recruited a bunch of her runway cohorts from Gucci just prior to work gratis at Tisci’s presentation. The space, as well as hair and makeup, were offered up as a favor to the aspiring designer. The invitation, featuring a black-and-white photo of Boscono peeking out of a hoop skirt, promised, “handmade dresses worn by friends in a borrowed space.”
OPRAH’S GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: Oprah Winfrey made headlines this month when she treated every audience member at the filming of her season premiere to a brand new Pontiac G6. In the same episode, marking Winfrey’s 19th year on the air with “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she also surprised Alex Molina, 20, who had been shuffling between homeless shelters and youth hospitals, with a makeover by Tyra Banks, a full four-year college scholarship to a university of her choice and a $10,000 wardrobe from Express. Not to mention that spanking-new Pontiac.In an episode of Winfrey’s show that aired Thursday, the talk-show host showed footage from her follow-up with Molina: a shopping date at Express at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles. Since Molina will be heading off to school soon (where, exactly, is still undecided, but applications are in), she sought professional items such as tailored jackets, handbags and sweaters. By day’s end, Molina had spent $1,835. After the shopping spree, Winfrey and her best friend, Gayle King, treated Molina to lunch, then whisked her off to meet Jay Leno, where Oprah was due to appear on “The Tonight Show.”ALEX GAINES SUPPORT: Hoping to play off the cultish success of her family-owned denim line, Paper Denim & Cloth, Alex Gaines called on friends and family Wednesday night to launch her eponymous clothing line at Scoop. And Shoshanna Gruss, Lauren DuPont, Fernanda Niven, Beth Blake, Christina Cuomo and Charlotte Ronson came and rifled through Gaines’ sexy daywear that takes a corporate look to an edgier, funkier level. “It’s a good way to start the fall,” said Scoop owner Stefani Greenfield, who had to place more orders of the line just before the party because it was flying off the shelves. Also there to cheer Gaines on was her dad, Dick Gilbert, chief executive officer of Mudd Jeans. “I am more nervous today than I was on her wedding day, because this is her future,” he said. And a success it was, when the party spilled out onto the street, the cops arrived to ID those with martinis in hand and send them back inside.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye