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?
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye