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“HE AIN’T AS FLY AS ME”: Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who walked out, entourage in tow, of Monday’s CFDA ceremony shortly after losing the men’s wear award, has taken to calling himself the Susan Lucci of...
“HE AIN’T AS FLY AS ME”: Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who walked out, entourage in tow, of Monday’s CFDA ceremony shortly after losing the men’s wear award, has taken to calling himself the Susan Lucci of men’s wear. Clearly disappointed at this fourth loss in as many years — Combs has been nominated twice for the Perry Ellis award and twice for Men’s Wear Designer of the Year — Combs reacted emotionally. “At the end of the day, fashion is about being honest. I’m the best loser in the world, but I’m a real person, I’m not going to smile and say cheese,” he told DNR (WWD’s sister publication). “Fashion is about speaking out, having that swagger, having that confidence, and Michael Kors’ collection wasn’t better than mine. I’m not trying to offend anybody. I congratulate him. But is he better than Sean John? [His] collection looked like it was a Sean John collection.” (Kors showed long fur and leather coats in his most recent fall line.)
Continued Combs: “I’m fashion. I’m full-frontal fashion. I’m in your face. Michael Kors is my man, and I’ll shake his hand and congratulate him, but he ain’t as fly as me. When I walk in a room, he’ll disappear. When any of my Sean John crew walks in a room, [Kors’ crew] will disappear. We are fashion. We are the future of this [industry]. At the end of the day, Ralph Lauren should have won it, that’s just being perfectly honest.”
The next day, however, Combs phoned DNRto retract his comments. “I definitely congratulate him. This is just going to have me working harder. I’m young and I’m going to keep getting better. At the end of the day, I feel blessed just to have been nominated for the award. I’m cool with being the Susan Lucci of the CFDAs. What I said before just wasn’t right — I don’t want to criticize or hurt anyone’s feelings.”Reached for comment, Kors took the high road, noting, “I admire what Sean John does and is all about, as well as Ralph Lauren. It was great to be nominated, and it’s always excellent to win. I know what being ‘Susan Lucci’ is all about. It took me almost 20 years to win the CFDA women’s award, and I know it won’t be that long for Sean John to win the men’s award.”
IMAGE CONTROL: The latest ads for Dior’s classic men’s fragrance, Eau Sauvage, have put the house’s men’s wear star, Hedi Slimane, in a foul mood. Sources said Slimane is “furious” that he was not consulted on — or even told about — the ads, which depict a variety of men, one shirtless, clutching a bottle of the cologne. Some are vaguely reminiscent of Slimane’s fashion ads for Dior, insofar as they are black and white and artfully lit. But the casting and attitude are also a far cry from the edgier image of masculinity Slimane has been carving out for the fashion house. The ads have shown up in French newspapers and even on the back page of FHM, a laddie title in Paris that comes polybagged with a portfolio of “the 100 sexiest women.” Slimane could not be reached for comment.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye