KOKOSALAKI TO FENDI?: Sources in London say Sophia Kokosalaki might be headed for Fendi. A spokeswoman for the designer denied the rumor Thursday, and Fendi’s offices in Milan were closed for a national holiday. The British designer, who has a...
KOKOSALAKI TO FENDI?: Sources in London say Sophia Kokosalaki might be headed for Fendi. A spokeswoman for the designer denied the rumor Thursday, and Fendi’s offices in Milan were closed for a national holiday. The British designer, who has a collection under her own name, had a stint as guest designer at Ruffo Research, and speculation was mounting last year that she was a candidate to succeed Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe.IN-DENTURED SERVITUDE: Could footwear magnate Steve Madden’s substance abuse issues be haunting him? Or is he avoiding the John Gotti family complaint that prison dental treatment is subpar? Manhattan federal district court Judge Kimba Wood has approved Sept. 18 as the new surrender date for Madden at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. As reported, Madden was seeking a delay for medical treatment. According to court papers, Madden is getting caps and crowns, as well as fillings for cavities. He also will be getting root canal, plus implants after two teeth are extracted. That’s not all: Madden will be receiving surgery to correct a deviated septum. Also on the agenda is treatment to "calm the visible effects" of rosacea.PHAT CHANCE: In a major advertising push for Baby Phat, Kimora Lee Simmons placed her fall ad on a billboard on 10th Avenue at 18th Street in Manhattan. The ad, which features model Devon Aoki wearing a kimono top with jeans, is causing quite a stir. According to Michelle Perez, marketing director for Baby Phat, the owners of the restaurant across the street, The Park, want the billboard removed."Devon Aoki is an adult, a professional model and a friend," Simmons told WWD. "Baby Phat is not selling sex, we are selling clothes. And while our clothes are admittedly sexy, the notion that we are selling child pornography is absurd. We are very proud of our ad and stand behind it 100 percent." No one at The Park could be reached for comment.
“I grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)