Fashion Scoops: Majed’s New Retail Palace … Marzotto’s New Label … A Rush For Rochas …
MAJED’S NEW RETAIL PALACE: There’s just no stopping the Kuwaiti prince and retailer Majed Al-Sabah, the force behind the luxury brands emporium Villa Moda in Kuwait City. Al-Sabah said Tuesday the opening of a second Villa...
MAJED’S NEW RETAIL PALACE: There’s just no stopping the Kuwaiti prince and retailer Majed Al-Sabah, the force behind the luxury brands emporium Villa Moda in Kuwait City. Al-Sabah said Tuesday the opening of a second Villa Moda — in Dubai — is on track for September. The 32,400-square-foot Dubai store will carry many of the same brands as its sister unit, including Gucci, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana. Al-Sabah, who spoke Tuesday at The Luxury Briefing Seminar held at London’s One Aldwych, said it’s time to bring Villa Moda to Europe. “The whole concept of shutting stores at 7:30 p.m. is a crime against luxury shoppers,” he said. “Europeans need a destination where they can shop, eat and read until midnight.” On the sidelines of the conference, Al-Sabah told WWD he was taking steps to make sure that his dream would come true. “I’m meeting with real estate developers this week in London,” he said with a smile.
MARZOTTO’S NEW LABEL: Next week, Marzotto plans to disclose details about the launch of a new line by Stephan Janson it will produce. Sources familiar with the agreement said Marzotto did not buy the Janson business, and the line will be called Stephan di Stephan Janson. The French-born, Milan-based Janson is known for his intellectual collections for men and women and his passion for knitwear and chic-sporty looks. Janson has worked at Kenzo, Diane Von Furstenberg and Pucci. The designer, who is in his 40s, is well known among Milanese society and often asks his patrician friends to model for him. Could he eventually be a Valentino protégé? It’s no secret Marzotto, which owns Valentino, is renegotiating its contract with the Rome-based designer. However, an industry source believes this is a way for Marzotto to look into women’s wear now that the licenses with Gianfranco Ferré have expired. “Marzotto wants to maintain business relationships built over the years with retailers,” said the source. “Apart from Valentino, it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of women’s wear, so this may be a solution.”A RUSH FOR ROCHAS: Talk about resuscitating a label. That’s what Belgian design Olivier Theyskens apparently is doing with Rochas. Lauded by critics for his premiere collection for the French label, Theyskens popped into town last week to host his first U.S. trunk show for it at Barneys New York. “I wanted to see the clients and how they perceive fashion,” he said.
Clearly, they perceived his fashion well. The Barneys trunk show garnered close to $200,000 with fashion devotees like Chloë Sevigny and Patricia Field stopping in for one-on-one’s with the designer and a private fashion show.
“Olivier is asking people to look at something totally different. The proportions are a little shocking, but the customers are responding very well,” said Judy Collinson, executive vice president and general merchandise manager at Barneys. Yet it was Theyskens’ tweaked silhouettes, which included shrunken bolero jackets and feminine detailing, that caught the eye of Barneys vice president and fashion director Julie Gilhart.
“I loved the fact that it was so couture in spirit, so young, yet with Olivier’s edge,” she said. “He really changed the idea about the shape that clothes should be.”
CELEBRITY GARAGE SALE: Stalker alert. Anyone obsessed with Isabella Rossellini can now own her bed. Yes, the actress-model is donating twin iron frames from her home to the Hampton Designer Showhouse’s celebrity auction on July 12, sponsored by House & Garden. Proceeds will benefit Southampton Hospital. Other boldfaced names forking over personal items include Susan Sarandon, who’s giving an autographed plate; Lauren Bush, who’s donating a patriotic needlepoint pillow from the family home in Texas, and Donna Karan, who is donating one of her cashmere throws.
NIGHT HAWKS: Chalk it up to a humdrum economy. Paris retailers are pulling out all the stops to generate excitement — and traffic — for the twice-a-year sale season, which kicks off nationwide on Wednesday. Morgan, the French fast-fashion chain, promises to open its Champs-Elysées flagship at midnight tonight and serve champagne to shoppers all night long. Meanwhile, it has hooked up with a nearby nightclub, the Etoile, and is offering back-and-forth limousine service for restless shoppers. Longchamp, the accessories firm, also has lined up car service for overloaded clients on Wednesday. And department store Galeries Lafayette has asked novelist Anna Gavalda to pen a short guide to weathering the crowds during an intense period. Her recommendations include leaving the husband at home and wearing tennis shoes. Meanwhile, for women who just can’t leave their stilettos behind, the store will offer foot massages.
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
“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