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."
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia