HAUTE HONORS: Suzanne Saperstein, one of the world’s biggest couture clients and a devout Francophile, can soon add a new title: Legion of Honor. Saperstein said she and her media tycoon husband, David, have received notice from the French Ministry of Culture that they will be decorated with awards of merit for their support of French culture and preservation of antiques. The big spenders have a 45,000-square-foot home in Los Angeles they consider an homage to the great chateaux of France.“It’s the first time they’ve ever given it to a couple,” Saperstein said. The ceremony is set for November.
I'M AB FAB, TOO: Sir Elton John isn’t the only star who is set to make a guest appearance on “Absolutely Fabulous.” Couturier Jean Paul Gaultier will also make a cameo alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley for the show’s fall television season. The designer, a longtime fan, filmed the episode last month.
HOGAN’S HEROES: If there’s one thing Tod’s chief Diego Della Valle has taught his son, Emanuele, it’s how to create mystique behind a brand. So Dad had to be quite proud of his son’s impressive installation, “Hogan Riders — Tales & Times of Motorcycle Lifestyle,” which opened during the Milan men’s collections last week. “The motorcycle world is synonymous with Hogan because of the freedom that the brand inspires,” Emanuele Della Valle said. The 27-year-old and his team compiled some of the hottest, most historic wheels to ever grace film — from the Yamaha in the first “The Matrix” film to one of the Harleys from “Easy Rider.” They even went as far as to bring in one of the original “riders” from the 1969 road film. Dennis Hopper, who rides with the Guggenheim Motorcycle Club, stayed low-key in a private back lounge covered in original “Rider” posters. “I was completely blown away by the research and the types of bikes they found,” Hopper said. “There are posters from ‘Easy Rider’ here that I didn’t even know existed.” For its contribution, Hogan introduced a new line of men’s travel luggage as well as biker boots for men and women. The company also customized two bikes in Hogan leather that were later auctioned for charity.GLAM SLAM: The models all gathered on Wednesday night for DIFFA’s Viva Glam Casino night, hosted by Maggie Rizer and sponsored by MAC. With Todd Oldham working the turntables as DJ, Angela Lindvall, Michelle Hicks and Anouk Lepere hit the dance floor, while Carol Alt upped the ante playing blackjack. Fashionable types, including Kelly Klein, Yigal Azrouel, John Truex, David Lauren and Rafe Totentengo, made their way down to the Regent Wall Street for the event, though few took the party’s diamond theme to heart. “I couldn’t even bother wearing socks,” said Peter Som, dressed for the hot summer weather in a light shirt and sandals.
BABY BUCCINI:The fashion tribe gained a new member on Sunday when Kirna Zabête’s Beth Buccini gave birth to the 8-pound, 8-ounce Josephine Olympia. “I feel great,” said the elder Buccini on Thursday afternoon. “I even made it to a Chloé appointment today.” Baby Josephine will make her debut at the upcoming ready-to-wear shows in September.
A STYLISH POUCH: The Flying Kangaroo is getting a makeover. In Sydney today, Qantas Airlines unveils uniforms created by local designer Peter Morrissey. Under a 10-year contract, Morrissey has redesigned everything from pilots’ hats to baggage handlers’ cargo pants and polo shirts.
Female flight staff will wear a three-piece suit with a knee-length pencil skirt or trousers in a black stretch-wool blend, white stretch-cotton shirts, a men’s tie or women's foulard in a boomerang-circle print silk charmeuse in earth tones, courtesy of Aboriginal design company Balarinji. There are also two shirt-dresses. Ground staff wear charcoal suits and Balarinji print shirts.
“I always wanted a Learjet,” quipped Morrissey. “Instead, I got an airline.”
@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