MARIO’S FOCUS: Mario Testino is shooting Versace’s men’s ad campaign in London and reports are that he’ll next head to Los Angeles to shoot the women’s — with none other than Madonna. The rock star-style icon-children’s book writer is poised to ease into Donatella Versace’s spring looks like the candy-colored satin dresses, scarf-printed numbers and touches of metallic details. As a further sign of Versace’s changing times, Testino’s lens will replace that of Steven Meisel, who has shot the house’s ad campaigns for years. While a company spokesman confirmed Testino will shoot both the men’s and women’s ad images, he declined to confirm the Madonna coup.
VIVA LA SHIVA: L.A. fashionista Shiva Rose McDermott will be one of the hosts at GenArt’s fashion show Wednesday night, but the actress says she’s considering introducing her own line as well. “I’m so picky about my clothes that I’m afraid it will end up being very hard to produce,” she said. “And when I see Marc Jacobs’ clothes, I think twice because he already designs everything I’d like to wear.” That said, she’s been making the party rounds in self-made items such as the full skirt cut from leopard nylon she wore to Diane von Furstenberg’s luncheon at her home here.
MOORE, MOORE, MOORE: It would seem Mandy Moore already has her plate full as a singer and actress. Au contraire! Moore will now also star in Coach’s spring campaign in Japan, where the luxury goods company is a roaring success and holds the number-two market share position. The ads will break in Japanese magazines and outdoor locations in March. Shot in New York by Steven Sebring earlier this month, they feature Moore wearing a custom-made green feather bustier, a custom-embroidered Scribble signature skirt and a matching Scribble pocket satchel from the spring collection
ARMANI EXCHANGE: La Goulue’s lunch crowd barely stirred Tuesday when a demure man in dark sunglasses whisked into the room. A closer inspection would have found Giorgio Armani enjoying a quiet lunch with a handful of friends as he prepared for his fashion show and party later that evening at Pier 94.WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER OR FALL: Bergdorf Goodman was a store for all seasons on Friday. While Richard Lambertson and John Truex of Lambertson Truex previewed their bags for spring they were also toasting the Neue Galerie’s upcoming Winter Gala. Gala co-chairs Aerin Lauder, Lillian von Stauffenberg, Liya Kebede and Renee Rockefeller proved they can multitask as they bounced around dress code ideas one minute and complimented the new spring bags the next. Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner of Café Sabarsky and Wallsé created a few Austrian hors d’oeuvres that certainly strayed from typical party fare — liverwurst with onion confit or cooked ham with horseradish, anyone? But even that couldn’t distract the ladies from such pieces as Lambertson’s patchwork lizard clutch.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.