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.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion