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.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)