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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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)