Fashion Scoops: Gucci Redo … Casino Royale … On Their Toes …
GUCCI REDO: Pouring rain didn’t deter the Milan crowd from packing into a glitzy cocktail party Thursday night to inaugurate the renovated and expanded Gucci flagship on Via Montenapoleone. As the techno music blared, some 800 guests, including...
GUCCI REDO: Pouring rain didn’t deter the Milan crowd from packing into a glitzy cocktail party Thursday night to inaugurate the renovated and expanded Gucci flagship on Via Montenapoleone. As the techno music blared, some 800 guests, including Santo Versace and Italy’s first daughter Barbara Berlusconi, pushed their way past the cases of jewelry and limited-edition bags to tour Gucci’s biggest store ever — it’s 19,000 square feet, four floors and carries items from all the Gucci brand divisions. Goth-inspired models mingled with statues of shiny black leopards, while others wandered about the store to show off backless evening gowns and plastic thong underwear.
Chief executive Domenico De Sole arrived a couple of hours late after getting held up in a Paris budget meeting for Yves Saint Laurent, but it didn’t dampen his upbeat mood about Gucci’s new retail look, which first bowed at its flagships in New York and Paris.
"We always have a certain look but we try to refresh and upgrade it. It is just an evolution," De Sole said.
CASINO ROYALE: Evelyn Lauder may be known as a risk taker, but no word yet on how her co-hosts Summer Phoenix, Estella Warren and other Hollywood faces will fare at the roulette tables tonight in New York at Guastavino’s. Lauder joins watchmaker Audemars Piguet and event planner-cum-handbag designer Colin Cowie in kicking off the the first of 12 "Promesse to Win" dinner and casino events aiming to raise $1.5 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The luxury timekeeper even designed a limited-edition Promesse collection for the program. The tour continues through June, hitting Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Aspen, Dallas and other cities.
ON THEIR TOES: The New York City Ballet will stage a fashion show of sorts during its winter gala Tuesday night. Ballerinas will unlace their toe shoes to prance down a runway in Manolo Blahnik stilettos and Art Deco-inspired dresses. The heels were designed in collaboration with Julius Lumsden who created the Thirties-type dresses. Peter Martins, the company’s master in chief, was so impressed with the elegant costumes that he choreographed the opening scene solely to showcase them and included shoes for the first time. Paul Morelli provided the dancers’ rubies and diamonds.The benefit at the New York State Theater is the finale of a yearlong celebration marking the centennial of Richard Rodgers. In between dress rehearsals and trying to finish his denim eveningwear collection for Bergdorf Goodman, Lumsden said he plans to design some dresses for another ballet fan, Candace Bushnell. But she had no say in the upcoming project, even though her husband, Charles Askegard, is a principal dancer with the company.
SECOND THOUGHTS: Rebecca Danenberg has nixed plans to relaunch a signature line of sportswear this spring. She continues to work as the creative director at Seven jeans in Los Angeles. Danenberg could not be reached for comment, but a spokesman at the Apropo showroom confirmed it is no longer representing her.
A GIRL’S BEST FRIENDS: Can’t decide whether to give her diamonds or chocolates this holiday season? Tonight, there’s no need to choose between the two. Harry Winston, jeweler to the stars, and M&M/Mars, which makes Ethel M. Chocolates (named after founder Forest Mars Sr.’s mother), have teamed up to create a decadent — if highly caloric — holiday tree. Model Lauren Bush, the President’s niece, will unveil the tree at 5 p.m. at the Harry Winston flagship in New York on Fifth Avenue. Bush will trim the tree with rare-colored gemstones using a 107-carat black diamond and a chocolate brown diamond suite totalling more than $25 million.
The tree, made entirely of Ethel M. chocolates, stands 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide, and incorporates samples of Ethel M. goodies, such as caramel apples, chocolate snowmen and white-chocolate hearts. Winston’s customers can sample the chocolates, but the gems are off-limits and are part of the jeweler’s holiday selections.
LADY IN RED (SQUARE): Forget babushkas. Xenia Gorbachev, the granddaughter of Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the USSR, is about to get a taste of couture. She is among 23 young women headlining the annual Crillon Debutante Ball in Paris on Dec. 7, sponsored by Mikimoto and the Crillon Hotel. Gorbachev is slated to wear Christian Dior and be escorted by her fiancé, Kirill Solod. Both are students of public relations at Moscow University. Other "debs" expected at the ball are Margherita Missoni, daughter of Angela Missoni, in Emanuel Ungaro and American Tennessean Alexis Hamilton, daughter of David and Catherine Hamilton, in Christian Lacroix.
ELSEWHERE IN RUSSIA:The house of Emanuel Ungaro will headline "Fashion Week Moscow," which kicks off next week. Although Emanuel Ungaro himself won’t make the trip, ready-to-wear designer Giambattista Valli and his crew plan to stage a runway extravaganza next Tuesday in the Russian capital. The show coincides with the inauguration of Ungaro’s first two boutiques in Russia. They are located on Moscow’s Stoleshnikov Pereulok and in the Crocus City Mall.
@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