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.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia