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."
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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