INSIDE MAN: According to industry sources, Lancôme, the L'Oréal-owned beauty brand, has signed Clive Owen to be a spokesman. Owen — the actor featured in such films as "Children of Men" and "Sin City" — is expected to be introduced to the press at a Lancôme event tonight in Paris.
STILL COOL?: Just as some people question whether the celebrity fashion machine is starting to sputter, another famous face is entering the fray: Rap star Coolio will present his first apparel collection here Tuesday. The curly haired Grammy winner and his Italian manufacturing partner, Mamaindustry, will unveil Gang*Star for fall. The collection, featuring men's, women's and unisex items, will officially bow at Barcelona's Bread & Butter later this month, but editors will get an advance peek at the denim-heavy line.
Sketches show women in fitted puffy jackets, fur boots, tight jeans and cropped tops with an urban feel. Key pieces are jersey minidresses, stretch T-shirts and leggings. "The inspiration for the collection is street couture with a strong reference to young people, street kids who frequented the streets of America at the turn of the century," Paolo Rubin, owner of Mamaindustry, said in a statement.
Mamaindustry, which will manufacture and distribute the Gang*Star line, is a Padua company that produces the Italian streetwear label Mafia Wear. Coolio recently released a new album called "The Return of the Gangsta."
OPEN TABLE: When it comes to shopping these days, food is becoming just as important as fashion, and retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue are hiring big-name chefs to breathe new life into their in-store restaurants. In 2005, Bergdorf Goodman got in the game with its seventh-floor eatery, BG. Now it seems the retailer is taking its dining service even more seriously. Beginning Jan. 15, Michael Perricone, formerly general manager of Neiman Marcus' Rotunda restaurant in San Francisco, will take over as director of Bergdorf's four restaurants. He plans to add seasonal items to the existing menus and build the afternoon tea and cocktail-hour businesses.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion