LADIES FIRST: First Lady Laura Bush ducked into 550 Seventh Avenue Thursday morning, but this time she wasn't just paying a visit to Oscar de la Renta. She also stopped by Bill Blass and reportedly picked up some of Michael Vollbracht's latest creations. Executives at both companies declined to comment.
Trying to keep things on the down-low, the First Lady whisked in and out of the building via the West 39th Street service entrance. But word on the street spread fast, due partially to the Secret Service agents manning the lobby. Those who caught a glimpse of her said she wore a skirt, sweater and scarf, and was her amicable self, chatting with workers.
As for Bush's new-found interest in Bill Blass, a few speculated that she noticed the company's location while riding the elevator to visit de la Renta.
PAINTED LADIES: Vowing to do her part to boost a dying tradition, Tara Subkoff is joining the couture party again. The Imitation of Christ designer was in Paris earlier this week scouting a location for her next impromptu show, which will take place either July 7 or 8. "I love how couture is done out of the love for making something beautiful," said Subkoff, who has a group of underground and emerging artists madly painting on silk fabrics on the deck of her Chelsea apartment in New York. In 2002, IOC staged a guerrilla fashion show outside the Christian Dior couture show, her models arriving in ambulances.
SURF SCENTS: Roxy is putting its message in a bottle. The women's surfwear label, owned by Quiksilver, is about to ink a deal with L'Oreal for its first fragrance. Roxy hopes that its nascent beauty business will blossom with the launch of its first fragrance and expand to include sunscreen.
CHANEL SAMBA: The Chanel carnival is coming to Paris. A play about the life of Gabrielle Chanel opens June 24 at the Comedie des Champs-Elysees. Karl Lagerfeld designed the costumes, but the play won't be in French. Penned by Brazil's Maria Adelaide Amaral, "Mademoiselle Chanel," will run in Portuguese with French subtitles. Amaral's play, part of France's "Year of Brazil" celebration, has played to sold-out audiences in Sao Paulo since it premiered more than a year ago.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)