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.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion