FRONT-ROW FRIENDS: Has an industry long-known for bitchiness and back-stabbing transformed into one of sharing and caring? Many New York designers were spotted at each others’ shows — and no, they weren’t spying. Some, like...
FRONT-ROW FRIENDS: Has an industry long-known for bitchiness and back-stabbing transformed into one of sharing and caring? Many New York designers were spotted at each others’ shows — and no, they weren’t spying. Some, like Heatherette’s Richie Rich, who attended Marc Jacobs, were invited for the fun of it. Others, like Tuleh’s Bryan Bradley and Amanda Brooks, who occupied the front row at Miguel Adrover, were out for solidarity’s sake. "It’s important to show support in the industry," Bradley said. "[Adrover’s] had a rough time, and not of his own doing."
Also spotted last week were Todd Oldham at Esteban Cortazar and Anna Sui, Matthew Williamson and Alvin Valley at Jeremy Scott, Anna Sui at James Coviello, James Coviello at Peter Som, John Bartlett at Miguel Adrover, Vera Wang at Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Furstenberg and head designer Nathan Jenden at Behnaz Sarafpour, and Tony Melillo at Calvin Klein.
POP GOES VUITTON: Marc Jacobs is plotting an encore to his famous collaboration with Stephen Sprouse, whose graffiti decorations on Louis Vuitton monogram handbags catapulted the brand — and inspired legions of copycats. WWD has learned that Jacobs has now tapped Japanese "Neo-Pop" artist Takashi Murakami to collaborate with him on spring 2003 accessories for Vuitton. Murakami is famous for his colorful, cartoon-like paintings and toys. Icons of his work include smiley-face flowers, colorful mushrooms and a Mickey Mouse-like character named Mr. Dob. Murakami’s first major European exhibition at the Cartier Foundation in Paris was recently extended through Oct. 27.
MAXIM TELL-ALL: Think the market is glutted with tell-all memoirs written by disgruntled former magazine editors? Well, make room for the newest entry. Former Maxim editor and current Spin magazine staffer Dave Itzkoff is shopping around a book called "Lads: A Memoir of Manhood" about his three-year tour of duty at Maxim magazine. While replete with the requisite dishy anecdotes about infidelity and drug use, Itzkoff’s book — an expanded version of an article he wrote for the New York Press — supposedly has more to offer than just insider media dirt. "It’s really about my failed attempt at becoming a man, and being a failed man while working at a magazine that is attempting to define masculinity for other men," Itzkoff said. Itzkoff’s agent, Nina Collins of Collins McCormick, added that "the book has elements of the Toby Young-type tell-all, but it’s deeper and funnier in a David Sedaris kind of way."
DOING THE HONORS: Christian Lacroix may be doing a scaled-down presentation of his spring 2003 collection Oct. 2, but it will start with a major moment. During a private dinner for 60 people before the event, LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, who established Lacroix’s couture house 15 years ago, will decorate him as a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, a citation of merit by the French government.
HOP TO IT: Junya Watanabe, who enlisted jeans giant Levi Strauss for his men’s wear debut last year, has another major collaboration afoot. Word has it that the acclaimed Japanese designer has been working with Nike on women’s footwear — and not necessarily sneakers — which will be unveiled at his runway show in Paris Oct. 3.
THE OTHER OSBOURNE: He’s the Osbourne that MTV forgot. But clubbers in the U.K. and Ibiza have been lining up at hot spots like the Ministry of Sound and Cream to dance to the all-night house sessions of DJ Louis Osbourne, 26. Sired by Ozzy during his first marriage, Louis, who hails from Birmingham, England, took to raves instead of rock. After spending the last few years headlining European gigs alongside the likes of the Basement Jaxx, Osbourne will be making his American debut when he spins at the four-day-and-night bender called ClubNation, the first national nightlife seminar, Sunday through Oct. 2, at Webster Hall. Louis’ debut DJ mix CD is due in October, and he'll appear on the cover of the U.S. dance magazine Mixer later this year.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)