Fashion Scoops: Four Play … Early Bird … Everyone in Belts
FOUL PLAY: When it comes to double-booking fashion shows, New York designers seem to bask in creating scheduling conflicts. There are already at least six time slots where more than one show will take place in the city during the Feb. 7-14 fashion...
FOUL PLAY: When it comes to double-booking fashion shows, New York designers seem to bask in creating scheduling conflicts. There are already at least six time slots where more than one show will take place in the city during the Feb. 7-14 fashion shows. But where overlaps are normally planned between designers in different markets, this season, a couple of direct competitors are facing off over time.
Tracy Reese, who famously went head-to-head a few seasons back with Christina Perrin (and look where she is now), booked her 1 p.m. time slot on Feb. 10 with 7th on Sixth months ago, only to hear that direct competitor Jill Stuart decided this week to show at the same time in an off-site venue. "If you stake your claim and you’re confirmed, we should respect each other’s time slots," Reese said. "But it’s not always that simple."
Ron Curtis, president of Jill Stuart, responded that the company selected the time without consideration of other designers because it was the only time that would work for its show. "I’m a nice guy," he said. "It’s unfortunate that our time is the same, but I don’t think it would make a difference. It’s a full schedule and I’m sorry."
Fearing a loss of audience, Reese avoided the David complex and switched her slot to Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, Cynthia Rowley was miffed to learn that, for the second season in a row, Brit import Matthew Williamson has decided to square off with a show at the same time as her Feb. 12 off-site presentation at 9 p.m. "I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt," she said. "Innocent until proven guilty." A Williamson spokeswoman said it was a coincidence, but that the designer had committed to showing in a 7th on Sixth venue and was only offered two options of when to show, one of which would have meant he couldn’t book his preferred models.
Elsewhere in Rowley news, she has outfitted the dancers of "Frost Palace," opening tonight at Lincoln Center and playing through the weekend. For the Hilary Easton choreographed production, loosely based upon Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale "The Snow Queen," Rowley put together a look she called "Dr. Zhivago meets Mad Max meets Admiral Bird." In other words, classic dance silhouettes with big tulle and full skirts that have been beaten up and then accented with chunks of fur, bones, crystals and a glittery spray glaze. "I’m way too much of a spaz to be a dancer," Rowley said. "Butthis is a creative way to tell a story."
EARLY BIRD: Surprise. The first couture show of the Paris season is today. But it’s in Milan, and it’s a small one, featuring only one model, Georgina Grenville, walking on a runway. There will be no editors and no retailers in the audience, only a video camera operator. What gives? It’s part of preparations for Donatella Versace’s still-life couture presentation in Paris on Monday afternoon, which will consist of 10 dresses mounted in an installation at the Versace boutique on Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The video will play behind each of the dresses, which will be displayed on special mannequins. A spokesman said the video is to showcase the volume and movement of the dresses — not to mention the Versace sizzle.
EVERYONE IN BELTS: The Disneyfication of Gap has begun. Paul Pressler, the new ceo of Gap who was chairman of Walt Disney Co.’s global theme park and resorts division, has instituted a new dress code for the 165,000 Gap retail employees worldwide. The sales staff can’t wear athletic shoes or flip-flops; any tops with shirt tails designed to be tucked in must be tucked in, and if a shirt is tucked in, the salesperson must wear a belt. A Gap spokeswoman confirmed that the changes took effect during the holiday season. There is no requirement to wear Gap clothes, but the clothes must be "Gap-like," she said.
A walk around Gap’s 34th Street store in New York showed most of the salespeople adhering to the new rules; however, several were wearing black, rubber-soled athletic shoes, and a few shirts were hanging out.
"It’s the antithesis of a style company," said one observer. "Cool kids don’t tuck their shirts in, and who owns a belt?"
So much for Gap’s "Individuals of Style" heritage.
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye