Fashion Scoops: French Ties … Blass-Ting Off? … Nasty and Nice …
FRENCH TIES: "How’s your stick?" Donna Karan asked Thursday night, clicking canes with her old pal Kal Ruttenstein, moments before he was decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government. "That’s an amazing man,"...
FRENCH TIES: "How’s your stick?" Donna Karan asked Thursday night, clicking canes with her old pal Kal Ruttenstein, moments before he was decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government. "That’s an amazing man," Karan said afterwards. Designers showed up in force for the beloved Bloomingdale’s fashion director, including Yohji Yamamoto, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix and Giambattista Valli of Emanuel Ungaro. Fellow retailers and fashion executives by the dozen also paid their respects, with Yves Carcelle, head of LVMH’s fashion and leather goods businesses, planting a kiss on the top of Ruttenstein’s head. The official honor was bestowed by Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, who pinned the distinctive red pin onto the lapel of the Yves Saint Laurent suit Tom Ford had designed for the occasion. Then the indefatigable fashion force set off in his Cesare Paciotti sneakers to a dinner at Le Voltaire.
BLASS-TING OFF?: Balmain, which just bid farewell to its couturier Oscar de la Renta on Tuesday, already has its eye on a potential successor: Lars Nilsson, currently the collection designer at Bill Blass, sources said. But it seems that Nilsson has not yet been approached. "I haven’t even thought about that. I have absolutely no idea what their plans are," Nilsson said Thursday. "[Balmain] is a beautiful house with an amazing history, but I have no idea about that." Stay tuned.
NASTY AND NICE: Yves Saint Laurent failed to make an appearance, but his entourage and a bevy of devotees turned up at Colette Wednesday night to fete the re-edition of YSL’s legendary comic book, "Nasty Lulu." The party continued later at Regine’s disco, which Pierre Bergé remembers well. "I remember the old days when we would go out every night," he said. "We used to paint the town red." Saint Laurent muse Loulou de la Falaise, however, wasn’t walking down memory lane. "We’ve been so busy packing up at the house," she said, referring to the closing of the couture house after Saint Laurent’s retirement. "But I’m not sad. Everyone thinks we’re sad. It’s good to remember all the good times. But there’s so much still ahead." To wit: Bergé said he’s creating a foundation devoted to Jean Cocteau slated to open in 2004 an hour south of Paris in Milly La Foret. "It will be an artists’ retreat as well as a museum," he explained. "The site is fantastic: it’s Cocteau’s old home."
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: Rumors are continuing to swirl that Stan Herman, who has been president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for the past decade, might be ready to step down. Another rash of speculation made the rounds this week, but Herman said nothing’s up. "I’m president for another year," he said. "My term is up next June and I’ll make my decision then, but I want to do at least one more gala before I retire, because I want to get one good review in Women’s Wear Daily."
As for rumors of who might replace him, Calvin Klein’s name came up this week. But CFDA insiders said the designer isn’t interested in Herman’s job, but rather has thrown his hat into the ring to host next year’s awards ceremony.
FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS: Would banker blue suit Tom Ford? As Gucci shareholders prepare to meet Monday in Amsterdam and vote on the designer’s recent appointment to the management board, some analysts are speculating whether Ford could one day take the helm of the company if and when chief executive Domenico De Sole steps down. De Sole’s contract expires in 2004 and there is no word yet on whether he’ll renew or retire.
"I don’t think it’s a forgone conclusion, but I think it’s a possibility," said one equity analyst. "Promoting Tom Ford sends a certain message."
Gucci declined to comment, but a spokesman reiterated the company line on the board appointment last week: "The Tom Ford appointment recognizes the role that he plays within the group," he said. Ford was said to be on vacation and could not be reached for comment.
Whatever happens, Ford already plays a larger role than most designers do in the management of their companies. "He’s a businessman," said one London-based analyst. "He’s not like most designers. He doesn’t just talk about what color is in this year, or about strappy shoes."
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty