Fashion Scoops: Jump Start … Together We Stand … Saks’ Authentic Look …
JUMP START: So much for a day of rest — or shopping — between Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. Australian designer Collette Dinnigan has joined Yohji Yamamoto and Martin Margiela and said she will show her spring collection on Wednesday,...
JUMP START: So much for a day of rest — or shopping — between Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks. Australian designer Collette Dinnigan has joined Yohji Yamamoto and Martin Margiela and said she will show her spring collection on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Word has it that other designers are eyeing the advantageous date before the start of the official Paris calendar on Oct. 3.
TOGETHER WE STAND: Wednesday, Oct. 9 will be a big day for Burt Tansky, chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus, and Philip Miller, former chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue. On that day, the two retail legends will be decorated with the Legion of Honor during Paris Fashion Week, which confirms a report in WWD July 8. But the event also will be a momentous and unprecedented occasion for the French corporate world, too, given that the awards will be bestowed during a joint ceremony presided by Nicole Fontaine, France’s minister of industry. "It’s only in America where you can be friends and competitors," quipped Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and the man who presented Bloomingdale’s Kal Ruttenstein with his Legion of Honor last July. "It’s very unusual. They chose to be together. They felt it would be better for the two of them. It’s a very strong message and I love it." Details have not been finalized, but about 200 guests will be invited to the ceremony, slated to be held at the Louvre museum.
SAKS’ AUTHENTIC LOOK: Using fashion’s archive for design inspiration is somewhat de rigueur these days, and on Wednesday night, Saks Fifth Avenue is giving designers’ fall collections an authenticity check.
To kick off the season, Saks’ president and chief executive officer Christina Johnson and Vogue’s editor in chief Anna Wintour are hosting a party at the store celebrating designers, fall collections and their roots.
"Authenticity is a big theme for fall," said a Saks spokesman. "We decided to have an event to celebrate it. We asked designers for something from their current collections and something from earlier collections that helped inspire the current collections." Designers on show include Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Valentino.Among those expected at the party, which benefits New Yorkers for Children, are David Bowie, Iman, Isabella Rossellini, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Lars Nilsson, Hervé Pierre, Narciso Rodriguez, Cynthia Rowley, Karenna Gore-Schiff, Vera Wang, Muffie Potter Aston, Eliza Reed-Bolen and Duane Hampton.
DKEU JEANS: Donna Karan International is shopping around for a licensee to produce and distribute jeans bearing its brand name in Europe. "We are still evaluating" options, said Giuseppe Brusone, chief executive of DKI. Sources said Sinv Holding is the leading contender to land the license, which would not affect Liz Claiborne Inc.’s existing Americas license for DKNY Jeans, Active and Juniors sportswear. The Italian clothing manufacturer Sinv owns the label Victor Victoria and 30 percent of Moschino. In addition, Sinv produces under license labels Voyage Passion, See by Chloé, JPG Jean Paul Gaultier Jeans, Krizia Jeans, and Gabriele Strehle Jeans. Sinv officials could not be reached for comment Monday.
LONDON CALLING STELLA: Stella McCartney expects to open her first London store — and a studio — next year in Mayfair. The 14,000 square foot building at 30 Bruton Street will house a flagship and studio. The space was previously the Lefevre art gallery, and is located on a street packed with small art and sculpture galleries. As reported, McCartney will open her first New York flagship on West 14th Street later this month.
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
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)