Fashion Scoops: Magic Stars…Post Time…A Tale Of Two Cities
MAGIC STARS: In Las Vegas, a town not unknown for its celebrity quotient, MAGIC International is drawing some star power of its own. Actress Sela Ward hosted the opening night cocktail party Monday, which was followed by a Gipsy Kings...
MAGIC STARS: In Las Vegas, a town not unknown for its celebrity quotient, MAGIC International is drawing some star power of its own. Actress Sela Ward hosted the opening night cocktail party Monday, which was followed by a Gipsy Kings concert at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, both benefiting the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Hope Village for Children. On Tuesday, hip-hop stars Ashanti and Ja Rule promoted ErbingGeoffrey Denim; Tyrese modeled a diamond-buttoned coat for Pelle Pelle; Motley Crüe rocker Nikki Sixx and wife Donna D’Errico promoted their line Dragonfly; rapper Bowwow (formerly Lil’) hawked his new line Shaggo, while Outkast, Jackie Chan (who also walked the runway) and others represented their signature lines.
Even a few reality show favorites hit the scene: Randy Jackson of “American Idol” was spotted asking for a credential and Malik from MTV’s “Real World-New York” shot hoops in a celeb basketball tournament with Nelly. Over at the Sands Expo, Tommy Mottola accompanied Thalía, out hawking her new line for Kmart, while Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons were on hand for Baby Phat. And Eve lands today for a party at Prana in the Desert Sands to launch her line Fetish.
Elsewhere in Sin City on Monday, hip-hop superstar Nelly ended a nationwide search for the spokesmodel embodying his new Apple Bottoms sportswear brand. In front of a packed house at Rain, the nightclub in the Palms Hotel, six finalists strutted down a runway between breakdancers, shaking their assets for the crowd, before Nelly pronounced that New Yorker Kristina Bezanis, 21, would get the title, the ruby and diamond pendant and all the Apple Bottoms she could shake her booty in.
“The demand was there for a line that celebrates the curves of a woman’s body,” said Nelly. “I like regular girls, not runway models.”
POST TIME: Win or lose, racing fans at Saratoga Racetrack got something for nothing Monday. Stacks of the New York Post were being doled out for free throughout the grounds. When a few passersby declined, one fervent newsboy called out, “They make great seat covers!”A TALE OF TWO CITIES: Antwerp’s recently opened Mode Museum, or MoMu, will explore the exchange of commerce and ideas in textile design and art between Antwerp and Genoa in the 17th and 18th centuries. Why those two cities in particular? Antwerp once imported much of its silk from Genoa, while many of the city’s Flemish painters worked in the Italian port city. The exhibition, which runs Sept. 9-March 28, has been curated by the Sardinian-born, Antwerp-based designer, Angelo Figus, and juxtaposes Italian and Belgian textiles with paintings from the same period. In addition, works by Anton Van Dyck and Frans Denys will hang alongside contemporary textiles created by Italian and Belgian designers, including Gianfranco Ferré, Roméo Gigli, Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester. MoMu director Linda Loppa said the show would “give a modern interpretation of the Baroque.”
@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