Fashion Scoops: Jewelry Club … In the Name of Charity … French Touch …
JEWELRY CLUB: Boucheron, in the throes of a global relaunch by parent Gucci Group, may have landed a jewel of an outpost on Fifth Avenue. Sources say the brand will take over the space, which is currently a 12,000-square-foot Club Monaco unit, between...
JEWELRY CLUB: Boucheron, in the throes of a global relaunch by parent Gucci Group, may have landed a jewel of an outpost on Fifth Avenue. Sources say the brand will take over the space, which is currently a 12,000-square-foot Club Monaco unit, between 54th and 55th Streets, sometime in 2003. Boucheron plans to unveil its latest jewelry collection at the Hotel d'Evreux in Place Vendome in Paris on July 9 during couture week -- the kickoff of an ambitious rollout. Already, new locations have opened in San Francisco and Tokyo, and other boutiques are slated to bow this year in such cities as Milan, London and Paris. Club Monaco opened at the prestigious location, long occupied by Bijan, in October 2000. Club Monaco had no comment.IN THE NAME OF CHARITY: Donatella Versace's becoming quite the ambassador of shop-till-you-drop charity. Tonight, she presides over Con Vivio, the AIDS benefit in Milan her brother Gianni founded a decade ago and which includes a shopping extravaganza open to the public filled with designer duds at bargain-basement prices. Fans in Los Angeles, however, paid the full ticket for fall last Friday and Saturday in the name of the Children's Action Network and Westside Children's Center, following the fashion show and lunch Versace hosted the day before at gal pal Melanie Griffith's grand digs. The Rodeo Drive store wrote up a total of $425,000 during its 1 1/2-day trunk show, and daywear ruled. Some 25 Angelenos (mostly Hollywood wives, said a source) bought the yellow two-piece skirt suit with ribbon taping and the short tango dress, each at $2,200 a pop. Another top seller was the white peak lapel coat shown with a silk and cashmere turtleneck and cotton canvas pants; 15 of the $4,200 look sold. Actress Lucy Liu, in training for the next "Charlie's Angels" film, called in seven looks, said one source, though he was mum on which ones.FRENCH TOUCH: In Paris on Wednesday to promote a forthcoming exhibition showcasing her designs at Le Bon Marche department store, New York-based Catherine Malandrino disclosed that she would introduce a line of tableware this fall in collaboration with hot Paris industrial designer Christophe Pillet, who also did the interiors for Malandrino's stores in New York and Los Angeles. "They're inspired by the American West," said the designer, known for blending Americana with her native French sensibilities. Meanwhile, Malandrino said she would also introduce this fall a sneaker in collaboration with Puma and home scents with Dragoco. The show at Le Bon Marche is scheduled to run Oct. 2 to 20, during Paris Fashion Week.CALLING A SPADE, A SPADE: Andy Spade was just having some fun at wife Kate's expense Tuesday night when he told the crowd at the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas that she dresses him each morning, laying out his clothes on the bed. Spade was front-and-center talking up all things stylish, after an Esquire-sponsored screening of "The Royal Tenenbaums." Following the discussion, Kate Spade set the record straight about how her beloved puts together his own outfits. "He was joking. When he said that, I thought, `Good one; way to get out of it."'Asked to name a few better-dressed men on the scene, Andy Spade gave Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld two thumbs up for being a "great-looking guy," but would not say the same for his brother David Spade, the comedian. And which president, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, gets his style vote? Spade said, "I'll take C.""
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion