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 character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)