Fashion Scoops: Light Reading … Ladie’s Night … Fast Fashion …
LIGHT READING: Frank Lipman’s new book, "Total Renewal: 7 Keys to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health," has a celebrity-fashion following that could rival that of Madonna’s Kabbalah teacher. Donna Karan threw a party for the doctor...
LIGHT READING: Frank Lipman’s new book, "Total Renewal: 7 Keys to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health," has a celebrity-fashion following that could rival that of Madonna’s Kabbalah teacher. Donna Karan threw a party for the doctor last week that drew veteran actresses Patricia Clarkson and Sylvia Miles, as well as Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon. Keeping with the theme of total renewal, guests brought back that old party chestnut and chased Bacon around to come up with their own chains of six degrees, but they got a little carried away coming up with a double helix: Lipman treats Clarkson, who guest starred on "Frasier" with Jane Adams, who appeared in "The Anniversary Party" with Parker Posey, a star of "Personal Velocity" with Sedgwick, who is married to Bacon. Bacon, duh, was in "Footloose" with Sarah Jessica Parker, whose most recent "Sex and the City" season featured a guest spot by Miles, who is also appearing in a short film being made for Karan’s fall DKNY collection. Karan, by the way, is also a patient of Lipman.
LADIES’ NIGHT: Loulou de la Falaise christened her upscale signature collection and Paris boutique less than three months ago, but already she’s reaching out to a broader public. The designer has been tapped by French mail-order giant 3 Suisses to create a mini collection of knitwear priced from about $39 to $95, plus a necklace to match, at $62. The items will be featured in 3 Suisses’ fall-winter catalog, destined for some 7 million French households this summer. De la Falaise, a muse of retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent, is actually following in her old master’s footsteps. He designed a tuxedo for the La Redoute catalog in 1997. And de la Falaise isn’t the only Paris style icon putting style in the post. Martine Sitbon is also on board with 3 Suisses. She created a mini wardrobe consisting of a T-shirt, blouson and skirt. Can a Sitbon diffusion line be far behind?
FAST FASHION: As makeovers go, it’s a doozy. Christian Lacroix has been asked to give France’s network of high-speed trains new-look interiors. Lacroix competed for the design contract against two other contenders, including his LVMH stable mate, Kenzo. Lacroix’s proposal, which calls for bright colors and an asymmetrical seating plan, will be introduced to more than half of the network’s trains between 2005 and 2008. Lacroix has quite the transportation touch: Air France last year chose the celebrated couturier to create new uniforms for some 35,000 employees.SIXTIES STYLE: Recently, Renée Zellweger’s been sporting a lot of evening looks by Carolina Herrera, but she’s all vintage — well, at least, Sixties — for two New York events surrounding her new Sixties-styled comedy, "Down With Love." For a cast party held Sunday night and the movie’s New York premiere tonight, she’s wearing looks exclusively from Rita Watnick’s collection of clothes and her new vintage jewelry from Watnick’s Beverly Hills boutique, Lily et Cie. Tonight’s number is a black silk peau de sois sheath and a platinum and diamond Royal Asscher cut bracelet of 32.64 carats. Watnick was responsible for Zellweger’s yellow chiffon Jean Desses goddess gown at the 2001 Academy Awards.
CATHERINE THE GREAT: After "Moulin Rouge," what’s next? If you’re two-category Academy Award-winning art director and costume designer Catherine Martin, you swap cancan dancers for cavalry. Back home in Sydney until July gearing up for her two latest collaborations with husband and creative partner Baz Luhrmann — the birth of their first child and their next film, "Alexander The Great" — Martin also was catching up with some of her favorite Australian fashion labels Monday at the Mercedes Australian Fashion Week shows in Sydney. Spotted in the front row of hot Brisbane label Easton Pearson, Martin said the Bazmark team is still weighing up location options for the estimated $150 million biopic that will star Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role — and pre-visualization filming is due to start in late January. Where the film ultimately ends up being shot will also dictate cast and costume numbers. "How things pan out in the world is important; we may even end up shooting it here in Australia," said Martin at MAFW’s new venue down on Sydney Harbour — a few miles from its original home of Fox Studios Australia, which is where "Moulin Rouge" was shot. "But we have a deal to shoot in Morocco and if we shoot with a real army there, we’ll have 1,000 cavalry and 5,000 foot soldiers."
@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