GRAND EXIT: Was it all too much for Katie Grand? The new creative director of The Face has abruptly resigned her post after barely a month on the job, according to Emap. "Katie has resigned her post as creative director, but will still be involved...
GRAND EXIT: Was it all too much for Katie Grand? The new creative director of The Face has abruptly resigned her post after barely a month on the job, according to Emap. "Katie has resigned her post as creative director, but will still be involved with the title on a regular basis," an Emap spokeswoman said. Grand, who will continue as editor of the hot biannual POP magazine, another Emap title, isn’t returning phone calls. Last month, she told WWD she was happy to hold down both jobs. "It was just one of those positions I couldn’t say no to," she said, referring to her appointment at The Face. Sources at Emap said Grand’s resignation was due to a rift with that firm’s management, and that both parties were at fault. "She has been asked to hang around a while so the magazine can save face," the source said, intending no pun. Graham Rounthwaite, art director of The Face, is also said to have resigned, and Emap editorial director Ashley Heath has moved to a new position. He will be concentrating on Arena Homme Plus.
SOFT SHOE: "Justin rocks!" screamed Jade Jagger, who was wearing a red dress and a pair of Adidas sneakers at the U.K. launch of Adidas Y-3 on Tuesday night. The star of the evening, which was hosted by Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas, was crooner Justin Timberlake, who performed with The Neptunes live on stage at the uber-hip new club Sketch. Christina Aguilera — on a party marathon during London Fashion Week — jumped up momentarily to hit a few high notes, while Janet Jackson spent the evening at the mixing tables singing along to her beau Timberlake’s tunes. Kylie Minogue was there, too, but didn’t make a musical peep.
ASPREY DELAY: The opening of London’s 20,000-square-foot Asprey store on Bond Street has been postponed until early 2004, because of complications with building laws. The store, set to open in November along with a similar unit at Trump Tower in New York, will now open in the first months of next year, although no date has been set, an Asprey spokeswoman confirmed. "There are seven listed buildings that make up the new Asprey store, and the majority of them were constructed in the 16th century, so the regulations are quite strict," she explained. The New York unit, however, will make its debut on time, she said. The London Asprey store, designed by Norman Foster, will be among the largest luxury goods stores in Europe when it opens.
GIRLS ON FILM: It’s no accident that the top brass at British Vogue are looking particularly polished this week. They will be the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary to air on Britain’s Channel 4 in the fall. The film crew has been tracking Alex Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, and her fashion team during London Fashion Week, which ends today, and plans to follow them to Milan and Paris. They will also shadow the Vogue group over the next five months to document their professional lives. "It’s been fun, so far, but it’s being done on my terms," said Shulman on the sidelines of the Fake London show Wednesday. And Shulman certainly plans to shoo the fly away, now and then. "It’s up to me to tell them when and where they can film," she said.
TOPSHOP’S FACELIFT: The Oxford Circus Topshop has just undergone some cosmetic surgery. The London-based architectural design duo Shumon Basar and Joshua Bolchever, along with Dazed & Confused fashion editor Alister Mackie, have revamped the Boutique area on the lower-ground floor. As any fashionista worth her Perspex bangles knows, the Boutique area stocks collections by such designers as Sophia Kokosalaki, Hamish Morrow and Russell Sage made especially for Topshop. Basar and Bolchever have transformed the look of the area from vintage thrift-store to contemporary, with stark black-and-white acrylic fixtures. Mackie styled and merchandised it, turning the full-length mirrors into giant collages. Each month a different fashion stylist will retool the area.
FREAK OF THE WEEK: Hey, who needs a runway and beautiful models when you have pavement and alien eggheads? The German fashion label Little Red Riding Hood, which is exhibiting in the tents at London Fashion Week, wandered around London staging impromptu fashion presentations. Three Goth-styled models with egg-shaped bald heads primped and posed in silence as passers-by everywhere from Chelsea to Covent Garden stopped to stare. "We wanted to show human beings in another way," explained Daniela Goergens, one of the line’s designers. "Maybe that’s what our future will look like." Stay tuned.
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