Fashion Scoops: He Wants to be a Part of It … The Mod Squad … Hot Drama …
HE WANTS TO BE A PART OF IT?: Is Nicolas Ghesquière, who electrified New York fashion week last year by decamping his Balenciaga show from Paris, getting ready for an encore? Sources say the designer is mulling another Manhattan showing, which...
HE WANTS TO BE A PART OF IT?: Is Nicolas Ghesquière, who electrified New York fashion week last year by decamping his Balenciaga show from Paris, getting ready for an encore? Sources say the designer is mulling another Manhattan showing, which might coincide with the opening of his Chelsea flagship. A spokesman for the designer stressed "nothing has been decided." Meanwhile in Paris, Balenciaga fanatics are anxiously awaiting the reopening of the half of the George V boutique closed for renovation for since July. Word is that it will reopen early in the year, exposing a décor designed with input by contemporary artist Dominique Gonzales-Foerster.
THE MOD SQUAD: With mod looks in swing for spring, Mary Quant is experiencing a revival of sorts. The designer was in town this week perusing Henri Bendel’s wares and even attended a party at the store Monday night that was thrown by Hilary Swank and Anna Wintour. Quant is said to be enjoying her haute status, given that her cosmetics and pieces of her ready-to-wear collection will be carried by Bendel’s come spring.
HOT DRAMA: For a production that requires its two cast members to wear only one outfit apiece during the run of the show, outfitting Neil LaBute’s "The Mercy Seat" wasn’t as simple as it might appear. "We had trouble with the costumes," said Sigourney Weaver at an opening night party on Wednesday at the Donna Karan New York flagship on Madison Avenue, held there because the designer provided the stage wardrobe. In the play, Weaver and Liev Schreiber portray co-workers involved in an affair and the decisions they make on the day after 9/11.
"We wanted her to look like a boss, but it was the day after Sept. 11, and she was going to the deli, so it had to be more casual," Weaver said. She wears a jersey cowl neck blouse and loose pants in the play, but no shoes while walking around her apartment. "I got to wear red toenail polish on stage. That was fun."
Things really heated up at the party, when early arrivals suddenly noticed the air smelled like smoke.
A store manager quickly found the problem — a gown hanging too close to the party lights had begun to smolder — and saw a silver lining: "Our vintage dresses are really on fire," he cracked.
DEAR JOHN: How much is that superstar couturier in the window? Pedestrians recently strolling by the soon-to-be-opened John Galliano boutique on Rue Saint Honore in Paris might have asked themselves just that. There Galliano stood, on the staircase in his still empty shop, conducting a meeting with about six colleagues. But the newspaper shielding the interior will soon go back up. The boutique is not slated to open until some time in January, as the yet-to-be-installed kitchen sink attested.
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye