INK-STAINED WRETCH: Hedi Slimane’s dream of being a journalist came true on Friday when the issue he guest-edited for France’s left-leaning newspaper Liberation hit newsstands. Called “London Calling,” the front (and back) page featured a photograph Slimane took of Pete Doherty, companion of Kate Moss, frontman of Babyshambles and formerly of the Libertines. Slimane’s fascination with London’s rock scene unfolded throughout the paper he designed via photographs — many taken by himself — and pieces written by the likes of Paul Simonon of The Clash and Alison Mosshart of The Kills.
DESIGN FOR A LIVING: Reed Krakoff, Coach’s creative director and an enthusiast of contemporary design, is so keen on Ron Arad that he not only wrote the book to go with the Israeli-born designer’s first exhibition and retrospective in New York in almost 20 years, he even helped hawk some of the pieces on display at the Barry Friedman Ltd. gallery. Krakoff enthusiastically showed off Arad’s sculptures and furniture to potential buyers, including Arad’s most famous pieces — the “Big Easy” chair collection and his “After Spring” and “Before Summer” chaise lounge collection of polished bronze. Arad designed the carbon fiber and Nomex honeycomb paper desk that sits in Krakoff’s office at Coach headquarters on 34th Street.
“I love the idea of collecting art that was created by someone who is still around, having it be something of our time,” said Krakoff.
In attendance at the opening were Richard Meier, Coach chairman and chief executive officer Lew Frankfort and Delphine Krakoff.
LOB ONE FOR FASHION: Anna Kournikova may soon become a fixture on the fashion scene.
The former tennis star, who was in New York this past weekend to help open the Adidas store in SoHo, said she enjoyed going to the Y-3 show in Paris in March so much that she wants to start attending other runway presentations. “It was my first fashion show and I loved it,” she gushed about Y-3. “I couldn’t believe how long it took to start and how short it was.” Clad in a bright blue Adidas jersey, dark blue cropped Adidas pants, and white Adidas sneakers, Kournikova, still an Adidas-sponsored athlete — who’s often cited for her own sense of style — drew throngs of paparazzi to the opening of the 30,000-square-foot store, located on the northeast corner of Houston and Broadway. Among other athletes on hand were boxer Lailia Ali and NBA player Sebastian Telfair.The store opening festivities were almost upstaged by a march and a rally to promote the legalization of marijuana use, which was staged, across the street, at the same time as the Adidas event.
IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE: Nelly and Judith Leiber are an unlikely pairing, but the story of how the rapper ended up hosting an auction at the Judith Leiber boutique uptown is not as farfetched as one might assume. After his sister told him that women love Leiber bags, Nelly gave the glitzy brand a “shout out” in his 2004 single “Flap Your Wings.” Sadly, his sister lost her battle with leukemia earlier this year, and so, on Thursday, Nelly appeared at the Leiber boutique to benefit his foundation 4Sho4kids, which supports children with leukemia. He auctioned off some rare Judith Leiber pieces, including a Hello Kitty minaudière designed by Kimora Lee Simmons, a T-Mobile Sidekick case with alligator and diamonds that he designed and VIP backstage tickets to his upcoming Sweat & Suit Tour for the charity.
“It’s all about the kids,” Nelly said in between signing autographs for afflicted children. “Anything I can do for them, I will.”
A crowd from all walks of show business came in support, including actress Fran Drescher, Kwame Jackson of “The Apprentice,” designer Alice Roi and O Oprah editor-at-large Gayle King. Russell Simmons was absent but phoned in the winning bid of $50,000 for the Hello Kitty minaudière. It was said he bought it for wife Kimora Lee’s upcoming birthday. You’d think being married to the bag’s co-designer would get him a discount.
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)