Fashion Scoops: Man’s Best Friend? … Marilyn’s Mode … Global Domination
MAN’S BEST FRIEND?: In a bid to prove to customers just how well-cut the De Beers LV diamonds are, the company has unveiled a diamond X-ray machine. Known as The Diamond Beauty Scan, it shoots a ray of light through a diamond, and within...
MAN’S BEST FRIEND?: In a bid to prove to customers just how well-cut the De Beers LV diamonds are, the company has unveiled a diamond X-ray machine. Known as The Diamond Beauty Scan, it shoots a ray of light through a diamond, and within a few seconds, the image is zapped to a computer screen. The concept is simple: The more light the diamond radiates, the better the cut. “A well-cut stone will sparkle from every angle and in any light. Others will twinkle — and then go dead,” said Andrew Coxon, head of diamonds for De Beers. Five years in the making, the machine — which is roughly the size of two desktop computers — was developed by the Diamond Trading Co. Research Center. Although Coxon would not say how much it cost to make, he did confirm that De Beers spends about $7.2 million each year on diamond research. De Beers LV believes the new machine will appeal more to men than to women. “This is not exactly a romantic experience,” said Alain Lorenzo, chief executive of De Beers LV, the jewelry and retail joint venture between De Beers and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, with a laugh. “But for men with little time on their hands — and especially first-time diamond buyers — it can be very reassuring.”
And what would a beauty scanner be without its very own diamond? In honor of the new machine, De Beers LV has unveiled the Ilanga cut stone, a 57-facet, octagonal cut designed to maximize the diamond’s brilliance. Ilanga, which means sun in Zulu, is meant to set the scanner’s screen ablaze.
MARILYN’S MODE: It seems even satanic rock stars need a little fashion. For his U.S. tour this summer, Marilyn Manson has turned to up-and-coming Italian label Coccapani for some luxe goth looks. Designed by Riccardo Tisci, Manson chose pieces from Coccapani’s fall 2003 collection, including a long black cape in coated jersey and a black embroidered wool coat with cap sleeves. For his softer side (or maybe just to show off those plastic breasts he likes to wear on stage), Manson also chose some black silk and chiffon tops.GLOBAL DOMINATION: Is the world about to get a Posh fragrance and a Becks set of underwear? Maybe. David and Victoria Beckham, known as Becks and Posh, have hired the Los Angeles-based music mogul Simon Fuller to help them become household names. Fuller, the man behind the Spice Girls (Victoria’s former group) and the “Pop Idol” television series, plans to work with the couple, developing a mix of fashion, lifestyle, music and TV projects that could include branded clothing lines, fragrances and fashion stores. “I now have the time, energy, vigor and ambition to continue to bring up my family whilst pursuing my career,” Ms. Beckham said in a statement.
@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)