Fashion Scoops: Kors and Carry … On the Dotted Line … Easy to be Green
KORS AND CARRY: The fall trunk show circuit is showing marked signs of an improving appetite for high-end merchandise, with some new personal bests. Michael Kors, for instance, racked up $1.6 million during an event at his Madison Avenue store on...
KORS AND CARRY: The fall trunk show circuit is showing marked signs of an improving appetite for high-end merchandise, with some new personal bests. Michael Kors, for instance, racked up $1.6 million during an event at his Madison Avenue store on Friday and Saturday, where customers like Jamee Gregory and Casey Ribicoff did some serious shopping. Bestsellers included a $3,590 cashmere pantsuit with a fur collar, $1,195 silk and wool satin slouch jeans and a number of knits, such as a gray or black cashmere crewneck sweater for $795. A spokeswoman said the results were about 15 percent ahead of a similar event a year ago.
FYI: Sure designers and celebrities influence fashion. But who really controls it? Why, Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahhaf, of course. That’s the punch line for a humorous T-shirt being distributed by Kuwaiti retailer Majed Al-Sabah of Villa Moda. He’s inviting all his VIP customers and some special industry friends to receive the free shirt, which depicts the missing Iraqi minister above the caption: "We even control fashion." Al-Sahhaf has bemused many in the West with his unfailingly positive assessments of Iraq’s military position and his endless stream of invective. "Now that Iraq is liberated and the war is almost over, it’s time for some fun," Al-Sabah reasoned. He plans to produce about 1,000 of the shirts.
ON THE DOTTED LINE: The contracts of Valentino Garavani and his business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, have expired but Marzotto, the company that bought the house last year, said there is no reason to panic. "Technically, the contract has already expired," Valentino chief executive Michele Norsa told analysts in Milan. "But the two are calmly working on the new collections. The company has an agreement with them to continue doing business in great harmony."
EASY TO BE GREEN: Danny Seo will be making his presence felt on the air and in the tents this fall. The designer, author and "eco-stylist" plans to unveil his first men’s collection in New York this September, and he’s also just signed a deal with Hearst Entertainment to create, produce and host a lifestyle show he described as "The Naked Chef meets MacGyver." Seo, a former Imitation of Christ member, is working with designer Anamyn Turowski on his collection, which he’s conceived with a "heavy military influence," and currently includes things like hooded sweatshirts made with wool meant for suits. As for TV, "It will not be shot in a studio," Seo vowed, adding that he was still searching for a format and look-and-feel that would let him espouse his very green world view without following too closely in Martha Stewart’s footsteps. "If I’m giving tips on washing the dog, I want it to actually be my dog. It has to have a voyeuristic, real-world quality to it."
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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