Fashion Scoops: Jailhouse Blues … Lunch Bunch … Summer School …
JAILHOUSE BLUES: Stylist Derek Khan has landed behind bars for borrowing expensive jewelry and watches and selling the merchandise off to local pawnbrokers for cash. Sources told WWD that the well-known celebrity dresser in the last few months took...
JAILHOUSE BLUES: Stylist Derek Khan has landed behind bars for borrowing expensive jewelry and watches and selling the merchandise off to local pawnbrokers for cash. Sources told WWD that the well-known celebrity dresser in the last few months took jewelry and watches from companies including Graff, Harry Winston, Vivid, Piaget, William Goldberg and other high-end jewelers, and never returned it. He was arrested last Wednesday and charged with grand larceny, and is currently imprisoned in New York, a police spokeswoman said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
Khan, who has worked with Lil’ Kim, Tyra Banks, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin, among others, would tell the jewelry firms he needed merchandise for photo shoots for magazines like Vanity Fair and to dress various celebs, and then gave conflicting stories to different people in each company about where the jewelry was, even claiming to at least one firm it was stuck in Barbados. One source said Khan had a safe in Trump Tower where he would house the jewelry before pawning it off. The value of the jewelry he fingered was in excess of $1.5 million, according to court papers filed with the City of New York. Khan, who is 45, turned himself in to the police last week, after a group of jewelers got together and notified the authorities.
"We have known this guy for a long time, and it’s really unfortunate," said Henri Barjuirdjian, president of Graff, who said he and other firms have started getting some of the jewelry back now, due to the police’s involvement.
LUNCH BUNCH: Nordstrom Marcus?
"This is going to start rumors about a merger," Joan Kaner quipped as she and her Neiman Marcus associates broke bread with Pete Nordstrom and other Nordstrom executives at the Carrousel du Louvre after the Jean Paul Gaultier show Saturday. It was Chambre Syndicale president Didier Grumbach who organized the lunch, bringing together two staunch competitors. On the menu? Stuffed bell peppers, followed by some good-natured ribbing.
As dessert arrived, the music started thumping downstairs at the Cacharel show, which prompted everyone to reach for their invitations and debate if they should rush down. Neiman Marcus chief executive Burton Tansky said he felt obliged, but told Nordstrom he shouldn’t."I’d better go because I’m in the front row and you’re probably in four," he offered.
"That’s probably true, because no one wants to sit behind me," the basketball-player-tall Nordstrom shot back with a laugh.
SUMMER SCHOOL: Expect more crashers at the couture party. On Friday, Revillon officially named Rick Owens its new creative director and said Owens would show his debut ready-to-wear collection during the July couture shows at Revillon’s new headquarters in the Marais.
Word also has it that Tod’s Diego Della Valle has chosen the week to finally unveil its first collection of shoes under the famous Roger Vivier name. Tod’s bought the vast archives and rights to the Vivier name in 2000. Vivier, who died in 1998, is credited with creating the first stiletto heel and thigh-high boot.
ME, MYSELF AND I: "We might have to call it V&R&T," actress Tilda Swinton joked on Sunday, reflecting on the Viktor & Rolf show the day before.
"They designed the collection for me so I sort of had to be there," she said on the sidelines of the Chloé show. Backstage at Viktor & Rolf a day earlier, Swinton said she was "existentially confused" as makeup artist Pat McGrath and hairstylist Eugene Souleiman transformed all the models into Swinton doppelgangers.
"They’re doing a very good job of making people look like people who look like me, but I’m not sure I look like me," she said. But it’ll be the real Swinton who next month begins work in Paris on "The Statement," a Norman Jewison film also starring Michael Caine.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia