Fashion Scoops: In Style…Saville Row…Kay’s Way…Distinctly Not
IN STYLE?: It’s looking pretty good for Stefano Tonchi. While the Esquire fashion creative director had yet to give notice to his boss, David Granger, late last week and a deal may not be completely ironed out, sources far...
IN STYLE?: It’s looking pretty good for Stefano Tonchi. While the Esquire fashion creative director had yet to give notice to his boss, David Granger, late last week and a deal may not be completely ironed out, sources far and wide were calling him the frontrunner in the race to become the next style editor of The New York Times Magazine. Tonchi, two Times sources said, met with executive editor Bill Keller earlier in the week. Times cultural czar Adam Moss and the magazine’s new editor, Gerald Marzorati, are both said to support hiring him. Amy Spindler, the magazine’s current style editor, will move into a role as a cultural critic when she returns to the paper from a leave.
SAVILLE ROW: Britain’s influential graphic designer-art director Peter Saville, who just closed a retrospective of his work at London’s Design Museum, is dipping another toe into fashion by creating the upcoming line of men’s knitwear for London’s groovy Clements Ribeiro label. “I’ve loved Peter’s work for so long,” said Inacio Ribeiro of the collaboration, which is to be unveiled in January. “I can’t tell you how many albums I’ve bought — and never listened to — just for the art he did on the cover.” Saville, a founder of Factory Records, is best known for album covers he designed for Joy Division and New Order. In fashion, he has done art direction for such houses as Givenchy, Yohji Yamamoto and Stella McCartney. “Peter did the whole line,” added Ribeiro. “Some pieces are going to be very expensive to produce. But they’ll be numbered and have a Peter Saville label in them.”
KAY’S WAY: The fashion crowd steered clear of Elizabeth Hurley’s post-Fashion Rocks party and headed to the Grill Room at London’s Café Royal — naturellement — for the bash that Alexander McQueen and Björk were cohosting. Guests included Tom Ford, Stella McCartney, her elder sister, Mary McCartney, Leah Wood and Jay Kay, the lead singer of Jamiroquai, who said he was still “on fire” from his performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Bopping in front of a mirror to the sounds of DJ Jon Gosling, Kay said, “It was a killer crowd tonight. I even noticed Prince Charles and Camilla getting their groove on to my set — they’ve got some moves.”DISTINCTLY NOT: Only two issues of Los Angeles’ new —and notorious — Distinctions magazine and top editor Laurie Pike is already getting out for another gig. Pike, who gave one week’s notice last Thursday, insists a much better offer prompted her pending departure.
But sources close to Distinctions and in editorial at the Los Angeles Times, which are both owned by the Tribune Co., say that unofficial blacklisting policies were making it increasingly difficult for Pike to do her job. Because the luxury-minded Distinctions reported to the publisher, it was seen as more an advertorial than journalistic effort by newspaper staff. Writers who contributed to the magazine were told they could no longer write for the Los Angeles Times newspaper or its Sunday magazine, and one magazine editor said that it would even go so far as to exclude coverage of Distinctions guest editors, who included socialites, a TV actress and a well-known vintage expert. And publicists became increasingly reluctant to release stories to Distinctions after being told they would receive no ink in the newspaper. “One publicist was told outright her play wouldn’t be covered because it was written about in Distinctions,” said one source.
Word spread fast late Thursday in the Los Angeles Times newsrooms. Yet it was not entirely over the hit to Distinctions. Pike will begin her new job this Thursday at LA.com, conceived as a hip and complete guide to Los Angeles and backed by three media giants, Gannett, Stephens Media and Media News Group.LA.com is slated to be launched in November.
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)