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?
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)