Fashion Scoops: Hot Knott … Fashionable London … Peace Out …
HOT KNOTT: Louis Féraud has a hot line for fall — as in stolen. Thieves broke into Féraud’s Paris headquarters Thursday and made off with 25 pieces of the collection shown on the runway two days earlier. Curiously, the thieves...
HOT KNOTT: Louis Féraud has a hot line for fall — as in stolen. Thieves broke into Féraud’s Paris headquarters Thursday and made off with 25 pieces of the collection shown on the runway two days earlier. Curiously, the thieves didn’t grab from one rack, but selected key looks, including smokings, leather jackets and a dress with an iconic print. Féraud managing director François-Xavier de Monts said the theft is wreaking havoc on its sales campaign, but the house is sewing up duplicates right away. Maybe the thieves are, too. "We hope, at least, it will copied," De Monts said. "We’re trying to see things in a positive way."
FASHIONABLE LONDON: It seems Giorgio Armani is ready to take on London — once again. The designer plans to unveil his retrospective at London’s Royal Academy on Oct. 14. The show, which was set to take place last fall, will now run until mid-February 2004. The traveling exhibition, which began in 2000 at the Guggenheim in New York, will run at Berlin’s Neue National Gallery from May until July. Bob Wilson, who designed the original set for the retrospective, will be adapting his designs to suit the Royal Academy’s space. Armani plans to host an opening gala the evening of Oct. 14.
Meanwhile, a day later, Nicholas Coleridge, chairman of the British Fashion Council, will present a major music and fashion event at the Royal Albert Hall. Fashion Rocks will match 15 design houses — including Chanel, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent — with the artist or band that best suits them, for a series of runway shows to benefit Prince Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Trust.
PEACE OUT: With the media glare on Hollywood during Oscar week, it’s no surprise that those in the spotlight are using their star wattage to bring attention to the growing antiwar sentiment — and at least some of them will be doing it through jewelry. Global Vision for Peace, a new philanthropic group founded by developer Xorin Balbes and journalist Cliff Rothman, has enlisted jeweler Henry Dunay to create an 18-karat yellow gold and diamond peace pin inspired by Picasso’s Dove of Peace. Among the Oscar nominees slated to wear it are Daniel Day-Lewis, Pedro Almodovar, Meryl Streep and Ann Roth. The pins will then be auctioned on eBay along with signed notes from the wearers, with proceeds going to the demining of Angola and Afghanistan. A less-expensive version is being designed for retail online and on QVC.Meanwhile, Nancy Davis, whose Race to Erase MS raises money for multiple sclerosis treatment, has also started designing a 100-piece line of jewelry called Peace and Love, which retails for $300 to $2,500 at Saks Fifth Avenue. The theme of the jewelry seems to have resonated with stars like Brooke Shields and Tom Arnold. Her latest sterling silver necklace, co-designed with John Hardy, retails for $100. "It’s a message that speaks to everyone in the world," she said.
BILL BLASS BACK IN BRIDGE: Bill Bill Blass is back under the same name — but with a different look. Hundreds of invites were mailed last Thursday announcing the launch of an "American Classic Bill Bill Blass" bridge and better dresses collection. "The collection will represent the finest fabrics, quality, maintaining the integrity of the brand Bill Blass," the invitation read. A spokeswoman confirmed the line will bow at retail this fall, with dresses for day and evening retailing between $200 and $1,000. It is being produced by licensee BBS International Group.
Last year, Bill Blass Ltd. partnered with Urchin to produce a sportswear collection. Prior to that, Blass attempted to crack that market several times with such lines as Blassport, which had limited success.
@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