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.”
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