Fashion Scoops: In Plain Sight…’Sex,’ Oscar And Paris
IN PLAIN SIGHT: Tom Ford knows how to milk a controversial entrance or exit, so the designer had to be aware that he’d be raising eyebrows by showing up at the Four Seasons in Milan on Sunday night to meet up with Valentino and his...
IN PLAIN SIGHT: Tom Ford knows how to milk a controversial entrance or exit, so the designer had to be aware that he’d be raising eyebrows by showing up at the Four Seasons in Milan on Sunday night to meet up with Valentino and his entourage, including Giancarlo Giammetti, Bruce Hoeksema and Carlos Souza. Ford and Valentino then left the hotel and arrived together at GQ’s designer bash, starting conspiracy theorists, who hadn’t stopped whispering about the possibility of Ford going to Versace, thinking about Ford at Valentino. Souza, reached on Monday, said Ford was simply repaying Valentino for having hosted him for a ski weekend in Gstaad over Christmas.
“It was just a nice cocktail before the GQ party,” Souza said.
And, as rumors persist that Alexander McQueen is heir apparent to Ford at Yves Saint Laurent, the British designer for now appears to be clearly focused on his namesake label, introducing his first men’s collection under Gucci Group this week during the fall 2004 shows. During an intimate chat about the new collection at a presentation in Milan, the designer seemed caught off guard by the YSL question. “I’m surprised that a men’s wear magazine would ask that,” he told WWD’s sister publication DNR. On the record, McQueen, whose brand is controlled by YSL parent company Gucci Group, gave a “no comment” about rumored talks. However, a psychologist would have had a field day interpreting his uncomfortable body language as he dodged a concrete answer.
‘SEX,’ OSCAR AND PARIS: Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Aleksandr Petrovsky character on “Sex and the City” wasn’t kidding when he said on Sunday’s episode that he and Oscar de la Renta are friends. The designer said he has known Baryshnikov for so many years that he doesn’t recall how they met. They are neighbors — but not tennis partners —in Punta Cana, Mexico.
De la Renta noted another truism. The pink dress from his collection that Petrovsky gives to Sarah Jessica Parker’s character has been one of the most successful of the season and is featured in several ads. The designer’s handiwork was also worn by actresses Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall in two other scenes on Sunday’s show.Meanwhile, Parker is set to arrive in Paris today to begin filming final episodes of the series, and rest assured there is major fashion on her itinerary. In fact, she is expected front-row at the Christian Dior couture show on Monday. But that’s not quite enough John Galliano for her. In fact, Parker is slated to round out couture week by filming a scene at the Dior flagship boutique on Avenue Montaigne. The show’s costume designer, Patricia Field, landed in France on Monday to begin scoping out her wardrobe. Word has it scenes will be filmed at the Hotel Plaza Athénée, and the Jeu de Paume museum.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)