Fashion Scoops: Marty’s Mouth … Twice as Nice … Home Alone …
MARTY'S MOUTH: Marty Staff, the former high-rolling president and chief executive of Hugo Boss USA, has hired himself a big p.r. firm, Robinson Lehrer & Montgomery, which has done work for Calvin Klein and handles corporate clients such as AOL Time...
MARTY'S MOUTH: Marty Staff, the former high-rolling president and chief executive of Hugo Boss USA, has hired himself a big p.r. firm, Robinson Lehrer & Montgomery, which has done work for Calvin Klein and handles corporate clients such as AOL Time Warner, Dynergy and the troubled Adelphia and Tyco.Staff, who doubled Boss' American business the last three years, was placed on paid administrative leave in May and resigned last week, following an internal audit at the firm that uncovered an inventory discrepancy.So does this mean Staff is ready to talk about his plans? Not quite."He's been going back and forth between the U.S. and Europe, meeting with a number of designers," Staff's new spokesman said somewhat vaguely Wednesday. "He's also been looking at retail opportunities here in the U.S., and has been very gratified by the expressions of interest."TWICE AS NICE: Four years after boldly venturing into Paris with his first restaurant, Alcazar, Sir Terence Conran is plotting an encore. The interior design guru plans to open a 100-seat eatery in the Tremoille Hotel in late September. The hotel, steps away from Avenue Montaigne, reopened this week after a major refurbishment. The name and cuisine of the restaurant, still under construction, could not be learned.HOME ALONE: New York and London may have switched show dates to avoid the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but two New York-based designers have decided that the show must go on. Karim Rashid, an industrial designer best known for his blob-like furniture, and Finnish fashion designer Pia Myrvold plan to introduce Cybercouture, their first women's wear foray, at Deitch Projects' on Wooster Street. Rashid also plans to DJ at a postshow party.FIT TO A TEE: Talk about street couture. Paris designer Sebastien Rodriguez plans to deploy a $15,000 grant from LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton to open a shop offering made-to-measure T-shirts and jeans. "I can't think of anything more essential in the modern wardrobe than a perfect T-shirt and jeans that flatter the butt," said Rodriguez, who designs for women and men. But for those with slim wallets, Rodriguez also plans to offer off-the-rack styles. For the boutique, Rodriguez is eyeing a space on the Right Bank near the Martin Margiela store slated to open next Wednesday.Meanwhile, four other Paris designers earned grants this week from the French government-sponsored ANDAM committee. Lutz Huelle--known simply as Lutz--earned a total of $45,000 from ANDAM, Yves Saint Laurent couture and Henri Bendel. Knitwear designer Tom Van Lingen, who also works in the studio of Sonia Rykiel, and men's designer Thomas Engel Hart, each got $20,000. Shoe designer Dragovan got $15,000. Prior ANDAM winners include Viktor & Rolf, Margiela and Jeremy Scott.EAU DE LIZ: The doyenne of the celebrity fragrance business appears to have reached the bottom of her jewel box. Elizabeth Taylor's new fragrance, the first to be marketed by new owner Elizabeth Arden, will reportedly bear the name Forever Elizabeth, a marked departure from the gem-like names of her previous efforts, White Diamonds and Black Pearls. Let's hope it does better than Forever Krystle, the doomed Dynasty-era effort by Linda Evans.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews