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.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye