Fashion Scoops: L.A. Law … Making an Entrance … Italian Merry-Go-Round?
L.A. LAW: François Pinault watchers may have interpreted his absence from the Gucci show in Milan earlier this month as a sign of chilling relations with creative director Tom Ford. Instead, Pinault was in court — and it wasn’t jury...
L.A. LAW: François Pinault watchers may have interpreted his absence from the Gucci show in Milan earlier this month as a sign of chilling relations with creative director Tom Ford. Instead, Pinault was in court — and it wasn’t jury duty. A spokeswoman for the French billionaire, whose PPR distribution group controls Gucci, confirmed that he was in Los Angeles on Feb. 28 giving testimony before a grand jury in the ongoing investigation into Pinault’s dealings in the Executive Life affair. Pinault testified for six hours before a federal prosecutor and a 24-member jury. He is accused of suspect dealings in the way he acquired shares in Executive Life with French bank Credit Lyonnais in the early Nineties. Meanwhile, news of Pinault’s court appearance sparked a flurry of rumors in Europe, including one that had him behind bars. The spokeswoman dismissed them as "totally false."
MAKING AN ENTRANCE: Hundreds of guests stood watch in the central atrium of the Bon Marche department store Tuesday night, waiting for the arrival of Karl Lagerfeld at a party to inaugurate an exhibition there devoted to him. And there was no mistaking when the designer arrived — two-and-a-half hours late. Spying his signature white ponytail, the crowd erupted into spontaneous applause, with the paparazzi jesting: "The King has arrived!" and "Your majesty!" Television crews scrambled to meet Lagerfeld as he stepped off the first flight of escalators, causing a hazardous logjam for the huge entourage trailing behind him. When the designer finally made it upstairs, guests including Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen, Audrey Marnay and Hedi Slimane struggled to get near him. Holding court in the centerpiece of the exhibition, a cube of projection screens for various videos about the designer, the scene resembled a photo studio more than a party. "Finally, someone without a camera," Lagerfeld quipped when he finally escaped the flashbulbs to greet the model Mariacarla Boscono and scores of other well-wishers.
ITALIAN MERRY-GO-ROUND?: Despite a firm denial from Fendi, rumors are circulating here that Giancarlo Di Risio, the company’s chief executive officer, is headed to Benetton, to replace Luigi De Puppi. As reported, De Puppi will resign his position as managing director in May. Di Risio joined Fendi a year ago.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty