LOOK WHO’S SHOPPING BETTER: In the ongoing battle of designers to dominate the nation’s better sportswear departments, Calvin Klein has scored a major victory — landing the first known celebrity customer, and it’s a big...
LOOK WHO’S SHOPPING BETTER: In the ongoing battle of designers to dominate the nation’s better sportswear departments, Calvin Klein has scored a major victory — landing the first known celebrity customer, and it’s a big one — Gwyneth Paltrow.
Company execs unexpectedly discovered Paltrow wearing a familiar black matte jersey racer-back dress on Thursday night at the ShoWest 2004 event in Las Vegas, where the actress won a “Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award.” Checking with her reps, they discovered the dress was from the new better-priced Calvin Klein collection that recently hit selling floors, not that Paltrow was in line at Bloomingdale’s last week.
It turns out that a version of the dress — manufacturer’s suggested retail price $130 — was borrowed by Marie Claire magazine for a recent shoot with Paltrow. She liked it enough to call up Calvin Klein reps and ask for a version in black, and ended up wearing it at ShoWest.
GOING WESTWOOD: London is bracing itself for a Vivienne Westwood moment. On Thursday, the Victoria and Albert Museum will unveil an exhibition of 150 designs by the designer famous for her punk creations, baroque touches and kooky — but well-tailored — looks. The show spans more than 30 years and is the largest the V&A has ever dedicated to a British designer. It will cover everything from Westwood’s ample use of historical forms — including the corset, the crinoline and the bustle — to her punk past and parodies of royalty. Tailoring, tartan and accessories will all be on display, including the shoes that Naomi Campbell wore — and fell down in — on the Westwood runway in 1993. “Westwood encapsulates a particular kind of Britishness, combining fearless nonconformity with a sense of tradition,” said curator Claire Wilcox.
Tuesday night, the V&A will hold a private view and a cocktail party where guests including Kate Moss, Victor Horsting, Rolf Snoeren, Bella Freud, Tracey Emin, Nigella Lawson, Sadie Frost, Jemima French, Lizzie Jagger, Jerry Hall and Leah Wood are expected to attend. On April 30, the museum will also stage a series of catwalk shows from Westwood’s spring 2004 collection, Blue Sky. The V&A exhibition runs until July 11, when it will move to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.SERENA STEPS OUT:Serena Williams made her debut on Friday as a Nike-sponsored athlete, wearing a custom-designed Nike white silk tennis dress inspired by Hollywood gowns from the Forties. Williams returned to professional play at the Nasdaq-100 Open tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., after an eight-month absence, and she won her first match on Friday, beating Marta Marrero of Spain. The dress has a built-in silver corset made of Dri-Fit, a Lycra spandex and polyester fabric, which is also used in some of the other items Nike created for Williams.
“I met with Nike and shared some of my ideas,” said Williams, who is known to be a flashy dresser and is also an aspiring fashion designer. “I am excited to get back out there and play.” Williams inked a five-year deal with Nike last December, prior to which she was sponsored by Puma.
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