Fashion Scoops: Iman’s Connections … Museum Quality … Mesdames X
IMAN’S CONNECTIONS: Iman, sporting an ultra-coveted Louis Vuitton Takashi Murakami bag at a luncheon Wednesday where she was honored with an Outstanding Mother award by the National Mother’s Day Committee, said she can’t believe the...
IMAN’S CONNECTIONS: Iman, sporting an ultra-coveted Louis Vuitton Takashi Murakami bag at a luncheon Wednesday where she was honored with an Outstanding Mother award by the National Mother’s Day Committee, said she can’t believe the reaction she’s getting to her latest accessory.
"Everybody stops me in the street — I have never seen people react to a bag like this. I went to L.A., and security girls at the airport stopped me just to look at the bag," said the model, who is mother to two girls, ages 25 and 2 1/2. "People ask, ‘how did you get it?’ and ‘when did you get it?’ Well, I have connections."
MUSEUM QUALITY: Art and fashion are not only moving closer together — they’re shacking up. At least, that’s the case with Chloé, which after 10 years on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, is decamping across town to the Cartier Foundation, the Jean Nouvel-designed contemporary art museum. Cartier and Chloé are both part of the Richemont luxury family, and the foundation building on Boulevard Raspail also houses several of its watch brands. Chloé’s atelier, showroom, design studios, press and commercial offices will take over three floors of the glass tower – more than double the space it had previously. Chloé president Ralph Toledano said the move should be completed by mid-July and free up some additional space for the Chloé boutique, which will remain on Saint-Honoré. And it’s not only Toledano’s new office that will be decorated. He has been informed by the French government that he will be decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor later this year.
Meanwhile, Chloé, celebrating its 50th birthday this year, is still in the mood to party. The Paris house has organized a slate of anniversary cocktail receptions at its key boutiques, along with window displays of vintage Chloé designs revisited and modernized by the current creative director, Phoebe Philo. The retro festivities kick off May 15 in Paris and hit Monaco, London and New York before winding up in Tokyo in November.
MESDAMES X: Calling all tough girls: The chick flick is back. As in, chicks can kick some serious butt onscreen. At Monday night’s "X2" premiere at Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin and Kelly Hu may have been decked out in feminine Ungaro, Dolce & Gabbana, M.R.S. by Molly Stern and Alberta Ferretti, respectively, but on-screen they stuck to form-fitting pants — or nothing at all, in Romijn-Stamos’ case — to go head-to-head with the movie’s male stars Hugh Jackman, James Marsden and Alan Cumming. Cumming, it seemed, also chose a role reversal Monday night, turning up in a custom-made Levi’s kilt with a matching vest and jacket. "I’ve worn kilts before, but never to a premiere and never one with sparkles on it," he said.AMIES’ AIM: The late Sir Hardy Amies, who died last month, was best known as Queen Elizabeth’s personal couturier, but his services for England went far beyond the sartorial. Personal files released this week by the National Archives have revealed that Amies also served as a spymaster during World War II, training potential agents. But like any self-respecting dressmaker, Amies — a.k.a. Lt. Col. Amies of the Special Operations Executive — saw fit to organize a photo shoot for British Vogue, posing alongside secret agents and resistance workers. The shoot, which took place in Brussels in 1944, was branded a "gaudy publicity stunt" by a senior SOE officer, who quickly asked Vogue to drop the offending photographs. None of this, however, was news to the house of Hardy Amies in London. "We’ve known about all this for years," said a spokesman for the house, now owned by the London-based Luxury Brands Group.
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
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye