Fashion Scoops: Janet’s Back … Tailoring for Tune … Wedding Belle …
JANET’S BACK: In what may go down in fashion history as one of the more unexpected designer-celebrity couplings, Janet Jackson is scheduled to make a front-row appearance with her beau, Jermaine Dupri, at the...
JANET’S BACK: In what may go down in fashion history as one of the more unexpected designer-celebrity couplings, Janet Jackson is scheduled to make a front-row appearance with her beau, Jermaine Dupri, at the Bill Blass show on Tuesday. The singer was introduced to Blass designer Michael Vollbracht by her stylist, Wayne Scott Lucas, and rumor has it, the two can’t get enough of each other. She was at the Blass showroom at 550 Seventh Avenue on Friday afternoon to look at the collection and walked away with a coat for herself. Will there be a wardrobe malfunction?
TAILORING FOR TUNE: “They’re better than Broadway shows,” said Tommy Tune, walking into his fourth fashion show of the day. “The price is right and they’re shorter.” In addition to the Richard Tyler show, Tune took in Kenneth Cole, John Bartlett and Perry Ellis. However, for his own personal wardrobe, he prefers Yohji Yamamoto. “He cuts really tall,” said Tune.
WEDDING BELLE:Seal’s bride-to-be, Heidi Klum, hasn’t had time to browse for wedding gowns. With a nine-month-old daughter and “Project Runway,” Klum said shopping is not on her itinerary. “I’ve looked at a few magazines, but that’s it.”
One thing is certain: Klum, who has a licensed clothing line in Germany, won’t design it herself. “No, no, that would be too complicated. I would do 10 different variations and still not like it,” she said.
DINNER WITH FRIENDS:Francisco Costa is treating himself to a special meal next Thursday. Following the Calvin Klein Collection show that evening, the house’s women’s creative director has booked Indochine for a dinner honoring Oscar nominee Hilary Swank and their joint collaboration to benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Swank, who stars in the Calvin Klein Underwear ads, is a staunch supporter of the school, which supports young people facing issues of gender and sexuality. The Oscar nominee and Calvin Klein Inc. executives recently judged a student T-shirt contest at the school. The winning design, available at retail this April, is being manufactured by CKI’s underwear partner, Warnaco Group, and proceeds will benefit the school.WITH A SONG IN THEIR HEARTS: If you can sing, it seems these days, you can sew, too. Hot on the heels of Lil’ Kim launching Hollyhood and Macy Gray debuting GhettoLine, WWD has learned that Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas is set to show his new line of men’s and women’s wear, too. And it’s all happening at MAGIC. While, the Black Eyed Peas are still running on the cash-cow steam of their hit album, “Elephunk,” released last year, Lil’ Kim’s and Macy Gray’s musical offerings have not exactly been on a lucrative par, so a second career makes sense. It begs the question, though, who’s next among financially strapped pop stars to turn to fashion…Michael Jackson?
PASSING CABS: Don’t look for a remake of “Taxi Driver.” Robert De Niro’s wife, Grace Hightower De Niro, said there’s definitely not one in the works. “We had dinner with Harvey Keitel and his wife. Someone probably heard something we said and misconstrued it,” she said before Nicole Miller’s show.
As for her own career, De Niro, who recently sang for Maggie Norris’ video look book, said she is exploring possible venues but declined to name them.
FRONT-ROW DIVA: Few people noticed that Kenneth Cole had a real diva in his front row. Maybe it’s because she was on good behavior. Soprano Renee Fleming, who is in New York practicing for a recital at Carnegie Hall later this month, stopped by the tents to take in Cole’s show, and it won’t be her only one this week. She is planning to also be at Oscar de la Renta’s on Monday. “Oscar did a dress for me which I have been wearing on tour,” Fleming said. “Fashion is very important in my job. What’s a diva without a dress?”
FASHION NOVICE: Along with producer Harvey Weinstein (looking better than ever in a salt-and-pepper beard) and guest celebrity judge Parker Posey, Bravo stocked its “Project Runway” front row with a host of network regulars. Beyond the obviously fashion-forward “Queer Eye” guys, there was a more curious presence: James Lipton, the host of “Inside the Actors Studio.” “It’s my first fashion show,” said Lipton, in his booming voice. “My wife has been to them. She’s even walked in them!” He added that he was most looking forward to “the girls.” Then he cleared his throat and said: “I mean, I'm most looking forward to the fashion,” he lied.HOMEBODY: Before the Nicole Miller show Thursday night at the New York Yacht Club, Candace Bushnell chalked up the “Desperate Housewives” frenzy to the fact, “I think women are just desperate to see anything about women that relates to us or people we know. Although I don’t know too many women in New York I’d call a desperate housewife.”
The writer of “Sex and the City” isn’t keen about “Desperate Housewives” as a fashion trend, though. “I’m not buying this big souped-up Fifties thing for spring. I’m not big on sending women back into the kitchen.”
SWEATER GIRL:Serge Weinberg may be leaving as chief executive of PPR, the French conglomerate that controls Gucci Group, but his wife, Nicole, isn’t ditching fashion. After scuttling a line of high-end sweaters in collaboration with Gilles Dufour last year, Madame Weinberg is planning to fly solo. She said she would introduce her new Nicole W collection at the Ritz Hotel in March during Paris Fashion Week.
LIFE IS A CABARET: “I’ve never been to the Lido before!” Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz confessed recently. That will change come March 2, when he cohosts, along with Sofia Coppola and Carine Roitfeld, what already promises to be the party of Paris Fashion Week at the landmark Paris cabaret. It’s to launch the latest book by Lisa Eisner and Roman Alonso of Greybull Press, “Les Girls,” which showcases the work of Daniel Frasnay, the Lido’s in-house photographer who documented its glory years in the Fifties and Sixties. “It’s a love letter to Paris nightlife,” Alonso says, promising pink champagne for the black-tie event.
DEJA VU:Martine Sitbon, the French designer who closed her house after falling on hard times last year, is back in business with plans to relaunch a collection as early as March, during Paris Fashion Week. Mark Ascoli, the designer’s husband and a freelance art director, said Sitbon had completed a new agreement with her former South Korean partner, Shamzie, to develop the business. Ascoli said the company had closed its store on Paris’ Rue de Grenelle, but that Sitbon was busy at work in her Rue de Braque atelier. Last year, Sitbon filed for bankruptcy after suffering in the global economic slowdown. Known for a poetic, artsy style that mixes romance with rock ’n’ roll, Sitbon is well respected on the French fashion scene, having also designed for Chloé and Byblos.JUST WHISTLE:Lauren Bacall was one of the first guests to visit Eskandar’s new East Village store Thursday night. The actress stayed for a while, but was more interested in shopping than mingling. Bacall picked out several things, the designer said.
HERE COMES THE BRIDE: Fresh from her walk down the aisle to become the third Mrs. Trump, Melania Trump will be presented with MAC’s Star of the Week award at the cosmetic giant’s media lounge on Wednesday. Presented by MAC president John Demsey and last season’s recipient, Naomi Campbell, the award is being given to Melania to “celebrate her grace and beauty.”
A TOAST TO NEWBIES: The days leading up to fashion week can be daunting for a young designer, but at Wednesday night’s Ecco Domani party at Barneys New York, the crew of emerging talents mingled jovially. The event honored the winners of the 2005 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation: Thakoon, Trovata,Costello Tagliapietra, Jasmin Shokrian, Mary Ping and Richard Chai. Now in its fourth year, the awards give $25,000 to each newcomer toward his or her fall show. The winners were picked by a committee that included Sally Singer, Vogue’s fashion news and features director; Julie Gilhart, vice president and fashion director at Barneys New York, and Joan Kaner, senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus.
“We’re blown away,” said John Whitledge, creative director at Newport Beach, Calif.-based Trovata. “I mean, we’re just a block away from the beach, we started the company out of the dorm room and are so removed from the fashion scene here. This help from Ecco Domani is great. Let’s hope we won’t fall flat on our faces.
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)