Fashion Scoops: Made to Francer … CEO to Go … All in the Family …
MADE TO FRANCER: Istvan Francer’s tailored and luxuriously embroidered clothes will now be available on a custom-made basis only. “Francer’s collections are fantastic, sophisticated and precious, but they are difficult to place on...
MADE TO FRANCER: Istvan Francer’s tailored and luxuriously embroidered clothes will now be available on a custom-made basis only. “Francer’s collections are fantastic, sophisticated and precious, but they are difficult to place on the market,” said Gianluigi Facchini, chief executive of Fin.part, which, will continue to back Francer — he iscreative director of another Fin.part property, Cerruti. “Research is important, but there must be some concreteness,” said Facchini, who decided to pull the plug on the Francer’s presentation in Milan and to start showing Cerruti there instead. “There’s creativity and innovation in Paris, but Milan is where you actually do business.”
CEO TO GO: Terry Lundgren hit the ground running in his first day as chief executive officer of Federated Department Stores. Literally. Just before noon on Wednesday, he was spotted running full-speed down 34th Street, just in front of the Macy’s Herald Square flagship, where he makes his offices. Possible explanations include him rushing to catch a one-day sale at Macy’s, scurrying to catch a train at Penn. Station or simply jumping for joy.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: Hervé Pierre Braillard, who was let go from Bill Blass along with Lars Nilsson recently, has landed on his feet as design director at Carolina Herrera, confirming a report in WWD. He replaces creative director Damiano Biella, who left to pursue other interests two weeks ago. Also joining the ranks of Carolina Herrera is the designer’s 28-year-old daughter Patricia, who will work as part of the existing three-person design team which reports to Braillard. She will also work on advertising, celebrity dressing and licensing, reporting to Mario Grauso, president. Perhaps it was the focus on the design of her wedding gown — Patricia was married in November — that prompted the career change? Whatever the case, fashion design runs in the family. Patricia’s older sister, Carolina Herrera Jr., plays a key role in the fragrance end of the business as well as the design of CH Carolina Herrera, a secondary line popular in Spain.
CLOSING TIME: There’s another nail in the coffin for SoHo retailers. Thursday night will mark the closing of yet another store — this time Vivienne Westwood’s boutique on Greene Street. The shop opened four years ago and was backed by Japanese company Itochu Corp. No word on who the next tenant might be.
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: Following in his father’s footsteps, James Perse is becoming a retailer. The designer, who made his name cutting sumptuous T’s, is opening his first store this July in Los Angeles. The 2,700-square-foot space will be located on Melrose Avenue near Maxfield — which is owned by dad Tommy. The James Perse store will house his men’s, women’s and children’s lines, which include basic T’s, cashmeres, dresses, woven bottoms, jewelry and accessories, along with additional pieces which will be exclusive to the store. Perse describes the store’s planned decor as “Palm Springs modern meets California casual.” Does Dad approve?
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye