Fashion Scoops: French Connection … Valley Talk … Mori Story …
FRENCH CONNECTION: French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski’s wife, is expected to make an appearance at the cocktail party to inaugurate the new Yves Saint Laurent store on Via Montenapoleone. Tom Ford is hosting the bash...
FRENCH CONNECTION: French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski’s wife, is expected to make an appearance at the cocktail party to inaugurate the new Yves Saint Laurent store on Via Montenapoleone. Tom Ford is hosting the bash Thursday.
VALLEY TALK: Is something up between contemporary designer Alvin Valley and Bill Blass? Valley, who’s based in SoHo, has been seen several times leaving the Blass showroom at 550 Seventh Avenue, most recently on Monday morning when he left with a serious look on his face. Valley’s visits have some observers wondering whether he is talking to Blass management about a position. Valley had no comment, but a Blass spokeswoman confirmed that he had a meeting with chief executive Michael Groveman. "Alvin called him to set up the meeting," she said, declining to divulge what they spoke about.
Not that they’re hedging. Michael Vollbracht, who is said to be up for the design post at Blass, has alsobeen spotted around the Blass offices twice in the past week.
MORI STORY: Could the house of Hanae Mori have its eye on Ece Ege, the Paris-based, Turkish-born designer behind fashion brand Dice Kayek? Word has it the two have been talking about a project to revive the Japanese designer’s quiet ready-to-wear. Ege, known for her soft and romantic designs, declined comment. But Mori’s new Japanese partner, Misui Busan, has made no secret it intends to pump life into the house. Mori herself is expected to continue designing the couture, which is shown in Paris.
THE TWILL OF IT ALL: On Sunday Avril Lavigne joined pop stars like Kylie Minogue in dressing in couture for the Grammys. But while Minogue chose Givenchy, Lavigne went for haute Dickies. The pint-sized rocker had her own suit custom made from Dickies’ classic twill fabric, after Lavigne’s stylist, Stephanie Wolf, contacted the workwear house, where Lavigne’s favorite pants, the basic 874, are made. Dickie’s, which outfits not only Lavigne, but her band and roadies, was happy to send over the raw materials.
FUR A’FLYING: Austria’s social set, a fur-wearing set to be sure, is a-twitter over Pamela Anderson’s decision to bring PETA’s Dan Mathews to the Vienna Opera Ball on Thursday night as her date. Controversy over the animal-loving invitee has fueled national news stories there, but Mathews hopes to win over the evening’s host, Richar Lugner (whom some call the Donald Trump of Austria) and his wife, Christina. Packed in Mathews’ bag: a faux-silver fox coat designed by Marc Bouwer, which Mathews plans to present to the hostess."Relax," Mathews wrote in an fax to Lugner on Friday. "Your wife and I will tear up the dance floor — just make sure she leaves her fur at home."
SUPED UP: Could Linda Evangelista be making a return to the runway? That’s what some in Milan are saying following the former supermodel’s cover shot in this month’s Vogue Italia. Although no fashion houses have confirmed that Evangelista is slated to walk, the rumor mill is churning among industry sources that Evangelista — who famously said back in the Nineties that she didn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 — is reportedly looking for up to six figures a show.
Meanwhile, Helena Christensen is returning to the Milan collections. The green-eyed model is slated to walk exclusively for Mariella Burani.
FRIENDLY FAVORS: Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos have recruited photographer Ellen Von Unwerth to be this spring’s guest designer for their Lutz & Patmos collection. Von Unwerth named her cotton cashmere camisoles after her friends Carine Roitfeld, Darryl Kerrigan, Melanie Ward and Hannelore. Next up: Christy Turlington, who has designed a cape that doubles as a meditation blanket for fall.
SHOPPING EASE: For those who consider shopping to be too stressful, Gianfranco Ferré is introducing a spa — smack in the center of Milan’s golden shopping strip, inside its newly renovated store at Via Sant’Andrea 15. Aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and thalassotherapy are only a few of the comforts offered seven days a week.
ARMANI’S CELEBRITY: First it was the perfect form of athletes, now Giorgio Armani is hosting a photo exhibition dedicated to the many faces of celebrity. Kicking off with a cocktail party on Friday, "Encounters with Celebrity, Time for Celebritation" will feature 46 shots by British photographer Rankin. Images range from a toned Madonna to a smiling Queen Elizabeth.
A FINE VINTAGE: As the race to dress Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman heats up, Emanuel Ungaro scored big Sunday night at the BAFTAs, the British version of the Academy Awards. Kidman, Julianne Moore and Thandie Newton all wore the designer’s couture gowns. Kidman’s white vintage column brought her good luck, since she walked away with the award for Best Actress for her performance in "The Hours."
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye