Fashion Scoops: Fuel for the Fire … Golden Years … First Steps …
FUEL FOR THE FIRE: With Gucci Group said to be open to licensing, and perhaps shedding underperforming brands, the presence of Diesel chief Renzo Rosso at Alexander McQueen’s show Friday night set many tongues wagging. But...
FUEL FOR THE FIRE: With Gucci Group said to be open to licensing, and perhaps shedding underperforming brands, the presence of Diesel chief Renzo Rosso at Alexander McQueen’s show Friday night set many tongues wagging. But Rosso, who also took in John Galliano’s show on Saturday, insisted he was just a spectator and admirer of the two designers. “No business,” said Rosso, who also owns Martin Margiela and has a production and distribution agreement with DSquared. Still, he did hint that he had a deal cooking that should be finalized by early next year.
GOLDEN YEARS:Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti treated their gal pal, Gwyneth Paltrow, to a special belated birthday party Thursday night in Paris at Giammetti’s riverside apartment. Wearing a Valentino couture gown, a fur shrug and plenty of diamonds, Paltrow curled up on the couch and chatted with friends including Stella McCartney, Mick Jagger and Diane von Furstenberg. But arriving just in time for cake with a giant cherry on top was a surprise guest: Nicole Kidman, setting the stage for the paparazzi frenzy to come at the Chanel show on Friday. It was a regally blonde moment as the two Oscar winners embraced.
By Sunday, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann was ready for a comparatively more serene fashion experience when he attended Rochas. “I rolled out of bed and found a message from my wife that she was at the show,” said Luhrmann. “I decided to join her.” Luhrmann, who filmed Kidman for Chanel’s new No.5 fragrance ad, said he was open to doing other fashion-related projects. “But the real reason I did Chanel was because Nicole was involved,” he said. “We were thinking of producing an album with Nicole singing. She has a very interesting voice. We still may do it.”
Meanwhile, Karl Lagerfeld is getting his own star treatment, since French filmmaker Rodolphe Marconi plans to spend the next five months filming the designer for a feature-length documentary-character study titled “Lagerfeld Confidential.”“We are following him everywhere,” Marconi said backstage at Chanel, pausing to add, “except the bathroom.”
FIRST STEPS: There was a new face on the Valentino runway on Sunday: Georgina Brandolini’s 17-year-old daughter, Bianca. “I think it’s fun for her. She’s very flattered,” said Brandolini, who worked at Valentino and Balmain before launching her signature brand of evening sweaters. “It’s just one exit. I don’t want her to be a model.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that. “I think she wants to work in fashion, like her mother.”
STAR TURNS:Nicole Kidman wasn’t the only celebrity game in town. Maggie Gyllenhaal, who just wrapped up a trio of films, including “The Great New Wonderful” and “Happy Endings,” arrived at the Louis Vuitton show on Sunday afternoon banking on the restorative powers of fashion and France. “I’m still recovering,” she said, alluding to all those movie projects. And her plans for the sojourn? “For me, it’s just putting on nice clothing and being in Paris,” she said. Mission accomplished.
At the Jean Louis Scherrer show on Sunday afternoon, Gerard Depardieu was still hobbling on a cane months after his 14th motorcycle accident, but he isn’t giving up his speed-demon ways any time soon. “That’s life,” quipped the actor. “But there are some habits you just can’t kick.” Depardieu is currently costarring with Fanny Ardant in a Henry James play in Paris.
And Hong Kong-born actress Maggie Cheung hit the Paris shows big time, taking in Alexander McQueen, Sonia Rykiel and Chloé, to name but a few. On hiatus after playing a junkie in “Clean,” the actress said she’s biding her time before jumping into another film role. But she’s hardly a fashion addict. “I’ve done the shows before, maybe five years ago,” she said. “I think that’s often enough.”
CONTINENTAL AMBITIONS: Speculation about the possibility of Isaac Mizrahi gearing up for a design stint at a European house — perhaps one known for a certain big-sleeved blouse — intensified last week with the news that the designer has engaged a French public relations firm to represent him on a full-time basis. But the move has nothing to do with all the Givenchy rumors, which Mizrahi chief executive officer Marisa Gardini flatly denied on Friday. “Really, there’s nothing to it,” said Gardini.The company hired DM Media in Paris to handle its European publicity house in response to a growing number of inquiries from media outlets in Paris, Gardini said. “We’re keeping a foot in the door in terms of press,” she said, noting that Mizrahi currently doesn’t sell his signature products on the Continent. “We are looking to judge what the interest would be for a possible expansion overseas.”
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast