Fashion Scoops: He Wants to be a Part of It … Jewelry Box … Cultural Exchange …
HE WANTS TO BE A PART OF IT: England swings, but so does New York. Which is why Alexander McQueen plans to spend a great deal of time here in the next three months. McQueen will arrive in town on Wednesday to look for a short-term...
HE WANTS TO BE A PART OF IT: England swings, but so does New York. Which is why Alexander McQueen plans to spend a great deal of time here in the next three months. McQueen will arrive in town on Wednesday to look for a short-term rental. He’ll then focus on developing his U.S. business and will also collaborate on a creative project with his friend Steven Klein. If that sounds a tad cryptic, well, those artistic types like to retain a sense of mystery.
JEWELRY BOX: Marie-Helene de Taillac cut the ribbon on her first jewelry boutique Sunday night in Paris at the end of fashion week. “We only finished the boutique’s final touches Saturday,” she said. But by Monday, business was already booming. “We have already had a great deal of customers from all over Europe,” she said. “So far, so good.”
CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Last Friday, while Bernard Arnault was on his way to Japan for the opening of a Louis Vuitton-sponsored art exhibit, Vuitton honcho Yves Carcelle hosted a rare performance of Kabuki theatre in Paris. While it didn’t have quite the frenzy of a fashion show attended by Nicole Kidman, Japanese fans pushed their way to take snapshots of their national heroes. Carcelle noted that Vuitton sponsors numerous cultural events in Asia. “And we bring them a lot of goods, too!” he quipped. Meanwhile, behind his sunglasses, guest Gilles Dufour was checking out the fashion scene. “It’s funny to see ladies in kimono and others in Chanel,” he said.
COLD FRONT: Although perched in the front row at many Paris shows, burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, aka Marilyn Manson’s fiancée, had her upcoming wedding on her mind. It might be at a friend’s castle in Ireland in February or March. “I think I might wear Vivienne Westwood for the ceremony and Roland Mouret for the party,” she said at Nina Ricci on Saturday. Certainly she’s ruled out all the spring collections she’s been taking in. “We prefer winter dressing: stockings, dark colors,” she explained. “Summertime for us is planning our outfits for the winter.”WINDOW DRESSING: Julie Gilhart of Barneys New York popped into the Lanvin boutique late last week, and — lo and behold — designer Alber Elbaz was on the sales floor helping a gaggle of women, including some out-of-town editors, with their selections. “I was shocked,” Gilhart said. “It’s amazing. What other designer, right before their show, is in their store? And then he does the windows and merchandises, too.”
SEE JANE DRESS: Fashion is playing a recurrent role on Jane Pauley’s new talk show. The NBC personality has recruited Cynthia Rowley and Kay Unger to appear on an upcoming segment entitled “Flattering Your Flaws.” The designers used nonmodels to show off their know-how with eveningwear and daywear, and later sent them the clothes.
Last week, Anna Sui joined Pauley to offer her two cents about how your attire reflects your personality. During the show’s inaugural week last month, Isaac Mizrahi used his sketch pad to prep audience members for fall by showing them how to make the most of their wardrobes and dress for their body types.BABY TALK: Phoebe Philo’s husband, London art dealer Max Wigram, may be preparing for fatherhood, but when it comes to baby clothes, he leaves that to the woman of the house. “I never give Phoebe advice,” he said on the sidelines of the Chloé show on Saturday. Still, he thinks a Chloé collection for infants certainly has potential. “Children are just as important as grownups, I think she will do a great job with kids.”
NEW CHRISTIAN SOLDIER: Christian Lacroix has a new member of his professional family: Francois-Xavier de Monts. Formerly managing director of Louis Féraud, De Monts is now Lacroix’s director of licensing and partnerships and took in his first Lacroix rtw show on Friday. Among de Monts’ most pressing projects is the Air France uniforms Lacroix designed. They’re set for takeoff next year.
A TASTE OF PARADIS: Alysson Paradis, Vanessa Paradis’ little sister, took in her first Chanel show Friday, but she and designer Karl Lagerfeld go way back. “Karl asked me to pose for some photographs. I was very flattered,” she said. The budding actress just finished filming her debut movie “Le Dernier Jour,“ or “The Last Day.” Meanwhile, down the row, actress Anna Mouglalis was musing about the fringe benefits of her chosen career. “The great thing about the job is we get to learn how to speak so many languages,” said Mouglalis, who has been doing films in Greece and Italy, not to mention an English-language stage play.MOULIN BLUE: Designer Maurice Ohayon has been on cloud nine since Friday, when Nicole Kidman chose to wear a pair of his black Notify jeans to the Chanel show in front of hundreds of cameras. “Women are always looking for jeans that lengthen the silhouette,” he said in his showroom last week. Almost on cue, in strode model Nadja Auermann, who’s not exactly challenged in the height department.
BIG SPENDERS?: Louis Vuitton celebrated the opening of its new Rodeo Drive flagship in Los Angeles with a dinner on the rooftop deck of the new 16,000-square-foot store, while projecting its signature monogram onto the Gucci store across the street. In attendance were Serena Williams, Kristin Davis, Dylan and Shiva Rose McDermott and Lilly Tartikoff, who feasted on a Nobu dinner while Vuitton’s North American president Jean-Marc Gallot toasted Nicky Hilton’s 21st birthday with vintage Dom Perignon. Williams sported a rose gold watch, while McDermott carried a Scottish-inspired bag. But the loans were only temporary. “We don’t give discounts to celebrities,” said Gallot. “They have to pay full price.” In the end, they settled for the monogrammed chopstick holders in the goodie bag, while Williams’ beau Brett Ratner quipped, “I let Serena buy all her own Vuitton, but I buy her Gucci and Armani because they offer discounts.”
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye