Fashion Scoops: Foreign Intrigue … All in the Family … Kent Vent …
FOREIGN INTRIGUE: As her husband, French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin, prepared for a vital Security Council meeting on Iraq at the United Nations on Friday, Marie Laure de Villepin sat down at Emanuel Ungaro for a dose of fashion...
FOREIGN INTRIGUE: As her husband, French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin, prepared for a vital Security Council meeting on Iraq at the United Nations on Friday, Marie Laure de Villepin sat down at Emanuel Ungaro for a dose of fashion diversion. <
"I was torn between accompanyingmy husband to New York or staying," commented de Villepin. "He was up all night working on his speech."
Holding up a pendant on her necklace of a heart with a nail driven through it, Villepin said, however, that her thoughts remained with her husband.
"This is how my heart feels right now," she said. "My husband wants to save peace." But what does she think about the widening diplomatic rift between America and her country? "I lived in Washington for years," she said. "My two children were born in the U.S. We’re definitely not anti-American. But I regret the political positions of certain people in Washington."
ALL IN THE FAMILY: After testing her legs on the runway at Fendi in Milan, Anna Van Ravenstein, the 14-year-old daughter of modeling legend Pat Cleveland, is slated to walk in the Chanel show this morning. And it will be a true family affair.
Anna’s towering brother Noel, and her famous mother, have also been cast in the show. The trio are represented by the Marilyn agency’s celebrity division.
KENT VENT: Claire Kent, the Morgan Stanley luxury analyst who is the target of a $100 million lawsuit launched by LVMH, still has her doubts about the French luxury group. Writing about LVMH’s solid full-year profits in a report released Friday, Kent acknowledged Louis Vuitton "looks set for a strong 2003," but she cast doubts on the prospects of a turnaround for Donna Karan, Fendi, or any other of the company’s fashion and leather goods brands.
"We would go so far as to say that there is no visibility over the likely performance of the other fashion brands," she wrote. Kent also noted that Vuitton’s new spring accessories, designed with the input of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, seem tailored for Japanese tastes. "It is difficult to say how appealing the Murakami lines will be for non-Asian customers," she wrote.
The lawsuit against Morgan Stanley alleges biased research and conflict of interest. An LVMH spokesman declined to comment on the report.
FASHION DIPLOMACY: Overheard, one editor to another, after a muscle-bound security guard clobbered a tiny, mini-skirted fur protester at Celine: "If George Bush really wants the French to go after Saddam Hussein, all he has to do is get him a membership in PETA….That’s when they really go to war."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)