FRESH START: Graeme Black, head of the women's ready-to-wear design team at Salvatore Ferragamo, is preparing to launch a women's collection bearing his own name. Come September, the Scottish designer will present a test collection of about 20 to 25 pieces to retailers and journalists to gauge interest and market needs. "We don't feel the need to rush into this," Black said.
Black and his business partner, interior designer Jonathan Reed, are negotiating with Italian manufacturers to produce a more full-fledged collection for fall-winter 2006. Black said there's a niche in the market for high-quality clothes, especially leather pieces and knitwear, with a customized fit. "[There are] people who want to buy but they are not finding what they want," he said.
Black will continue to design for Ferragamo and consult for other brands. The designer left Ferragamo in April of last year after a reported clash with management. He returned to the house on a consultancy basis last September. Black said he just inked another two-year contract with Ferragamo.
EAST MEETS WEST: Leave it to Donna Karan to help Westerners get a better understanding of the East. The designer kicked in a few bucks to help Robert Wilson stage the 14th-century Indonesian epic "Il La Galigo" at Lincoln Center through Saturday. Karan considered, but passed on, the chance to design the costumes for the masterful production, which features 50 actors, dancers and musicians.
Joachim Herzog and Yusman Siswan did the honors, creating regal attire, darling frog costumes and a scene-stealing rainbow-colored sarong. Some struggled to sit through the three-hour, intermissionless production, but Mikhail Baryshnikov was one guest happy to be seated.
FRENCH WOMEN DO GET PRESS: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton expects its designers to do their share of headline grabbing, but this year, Veuve Clicquot chief executive officer Mireille Guiliano has been giving Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld a good chase. Her bestseller, "French Women Don't Get Fat," is available in 29 countries, with more than one million copies sold in the U.S. Needless to say, her day job at Veuve, an LVMH-backed company, gets a mention every time she is interviewed.GOLDEN EARS: Fred Segal in Santa Monica was rechristened as the second happiest place on earth last Wednesday night, when Fred Segal Fun owner and Disney Vintage designer Jackie Brander celebrated Disneyland's 50th anniversary with the help of more than 300 Mickey fans, including Melissa Rivers, Jason Biggs and Jose Canseco. Watercolored martinis were a-flowing as the crowd moved from station to station — from a beading table to a photo op with Minnie. They also shopped Brander's store, which featured the limited-edition Disneyland 50th Collection. Skull-and-bones Mickey shirts appealed to Rivers, whose four-year-old son, Cooper, was away visiting with his dad. Rivers planned to make it up to him with a trip to the Magic Kingdom thanks to a pair of free tickets in the VIP goodie bag.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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