LAUNCH MODE: P. Diddy never makes a secret of his admiration for Ralph Lauren and his desire to build another version of Polo. And as he gears up for the holiday launch of Sean by Sean Combs, his new...
LAUNCH MODE: P. Diddy never makes a secret of his admiration for Ralph Lauren and his desire to build another version of Polo. And as he gears up for the holiday launch of Sean by Sean Combs, his new women's line, he's taking another lesson from the master's book. Sources close to Sean Combs said he has selected actress Penelope Cruz to appear in his fall advertising campaign, which will be shot by Peter Lindbergh. Cruz, of course, was for several seasons the face of Ralph Lauren fragrances and fashion.
BIDDING FRENZY: "I've never been to anything like this before," said Patricia Field as she surveyed the anxious crowd at the Museum of Television and Radio to support Beyonce and Tina Knowles in an auction and exhibition of dresses and costumes from Beyonce's video, television and film appearances to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams arrived before the woman of the hour, and so did Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets, Michael Olowokandi of the Minnesota Timberwolves, America's Next Top Model Eva Pigford, Jay Z and P. Diddy, who made a quick appearance before taking off. Tina and Beyonce, dressed in a gown designed by her mother, arrived at 9 p.m., and 30 minutes later, the online bidding was getting fierce: An exclusive lunch with the Knowleses had a top bid of $5,900.
Field walked away with an 18k gold and diamond Lorraine Schwartz "Evil Eye" necklace after placing the top bid of $2,200. After posing for paparazzi and fans' camera phones, Beyonce and friends were whisked to an upstairs lounge. "No one's guarding her Grammys," shouted Matthew Knowles, Beyonce's father, to a security guard, as he juggled two Grammy awards in his hands and made his way through the crowd to the elevator.
"It's fascinating to see those dresses and to know that I'll never experience that moment again," Beyonce said. "When we talked about doing this, I asked, 'Will it be only me and my dresses?' Because it's really strange to see people looking at dresses you've worn," she said. "As a musician, this is a great cause, and I've had a lot of friends who've had music really save their lives. But it's sad to let the dresses go." The event raised $42,886.95, and 10 items are still open for bidding until Thursday.KARL REFLECTS: Who better than Karl Lagerfeld — maybe the closest thing the modern era has to a Sun King — to write about one of Versailles' most spectacular features, the Hall of Mirrors? That's what the Chanel creative director did for the new issue of Time Europe, describing the painstaking restoration of the gallery, whose mirrors are surrounded by 1,100 square meters of marble, 20 chandeliers and ceiling paintings by Charles Le Brun. According to Lagerfeld, "At Versailles, Louis XIV tried to give the idea of infinity a physical shape — strolling through the fabulous Hall of Mirrors is like walking inside a beam of light." The issue, a special on the natural and man-made wonders of Europe, goes on sale today; the refurbishment won't be completed until spring 2007.
REVIEWING RAF: Raf Simons doesn't start at Jil Sander until next month, but the Belgian designer began the initiation process over the weekend in Italy. First he presented his spring-summer 2005 men's show in Florence Friday night where his new boss, Prada chief Patrizio Bertelli, showed up. Held in the graceful Boboli Gardens, Simons sent out a mesmerizing mix of voluminous pleated, high-waited pants, skin-slimming web knits and gauzy billowing trenches. It was Bertelli's first Simons show and the Italian executive seemed pleased with what he saw. "It was beautiful; interesting; of this moment but also of the future," Bertelli said backstage following the show. However he said it was "too early" to talk about possible synergies and differences between Simons' aesthetic and that of Jil Sander.
Two days later, it was the reserved Simons who made the guest appearance as he sat front row during the Jil Sander men's spring-summer 2006 show in Milan on Sunday. "I'm here just to give a look at the collection," Simons said, bringing his index finger to his eye.
Simons, the second designer other than Jil Sander herself to guide the creative direction of the brand, starts work on the Sander women's collection this summer.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews