Fashion Scoops: Lickety-Split … Going Dutch … Titan Type …
LICKETY-SPLIT: Karl Lagerfeld may have dieted his way to become a very slim man who can wear Hedi Slimane’s sleek Dior duds, but he still has a taste for ice cream. Word has it, Lagerfeld’s cruise collection for Chanel, which he will show...
LICKETY-SPLIT: Karl Lagerfeld may have dieted his way to become a very slim man who can wear Hedi Slimane’s sleek Dior duds, but he still has a taste for ice cream. Word has it, Lagerfeld’s cruise collection for Chanel, which he will show in Paris later this month, is based on ice cream colors — and bowls of the frozen confection will be served to editors, buyers and clients as the clothes stroll through the hip Paris restaurant, La Suite.
Meanwhile, Lagerfeld thinks Chanel’s couture collection is a moveable feast. He confirmed reports in these columns he plans to stage future Chanel high-fashion shows in New York, figuring couture week in Paris has lost prestige and press attendance as it has become "more of a melting pot," blending ready-to-wear, fur and cottage-industry couture lines. Besides, "a collection can travel, non?" he asks. Chanel has reserved a date in Paris, July 8, but stay tuned. In Lagerfeld’s hands, fashion can change as quickly as ice cream melts.
GOING DUTCH: Acclaimed Dutch design duo Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have wrapped up an 18-month stint as designers of Onward Kashiyama’s bridge label ICB, or International Concept Brand. Their last collection for the brand will be for fall. A design team will take over thereafter. But for those still seeking a Viktor & Rolf look at a better price have another option — in France at least. The mail-order catalog, La Redoute, has asked the pair to create a small collection for its fall catalog coming out in June. Prices will range from about $100 for a sweater to $260 for a tuxedo. La Redoute’s other guest designers are Vanessa Bruno, Bali Barret, Paul & Joe and Jose Levy.
TITAN TYPE: Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, isn’t the only luxury titan who is the subject of a hard-hitting book in France. A new 170-page tome, "François Pinault’s Endangered Empire," just arrived in bookstores. Written by journalist Francois Roche, its premise is that Pinault may have bitten off more than he can chew when he entered the luxury fray in 1999 and bought Gucci and then Yves Saint Laurent. A chart on the back cover graphs the sinking stock price of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute since that date. No doubt Pinault will be none too pleased with the book, which means he will have something in common with his archrival. As reported, Arnault is suing the author of his unauthorized biography, "Angel Exterminator: The Real Life of Bernard Arnault," and seeking $113,000 for defamation and injury.SHOWTIME: After staging an an off-site extravaganza to launch the signature shoe line of Sydney socialite Terry Biviano in May 2002, the show’s producers were inundated with requests from other Australian designers to pep up their events during Mercedes Australian Fashion Week this year. The result is Wharf 3: a new parallel show schedule staged in a shipping container terminal just around the harbor’s edge from the main MAFW tents at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay.
With a $510,000 cash injection from shopping mall giant Westfield and others, and the razzle-dazzle of big-event producer Tony Assness and Baz Luhrmann’s musical director, Anton Monstead, Wharf 3’s shows have upped the theatrical ante. For Biviano’s second show of racy stilettos and cutaway boots Wednesday, Assness transformed Wharf 3 into a vaudevillian opera, with a dance troupe, high-wire artist, models on horseback and more feathers than a Lido cabaret. Luhrmann confessed he’d also be interested in staging a MAFW fashion show if he could ever find the time. "I think we are in a moment," he said. "We’ve got the product, we’ve got the work, we’ve got the shows. We’ve just got to get the [international press and buyers] to come here."
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