Fashion Scoops: Miss Cast … Democracy … Cha-Cha-Cha …
MISS CAST: Stella McCartney is starring in her own remake of the Blake Edwards-directed 1968 comedy "The Party." Well, sort of. The designer used the film — starring Peter Sellers as a goofy film extra who is accidentally invited to an exclusive...
MISS CAST: Stella McCartney is starring in her own remake of the Blake Edwards-directed 1968 comedy "The Party." Well, sort of. The designer used the film — starring Peter Sellers as a goofy film extra who is accidentally invited to an exclusive Hollywood party — as inspiration for her bash tonight at the legendary Chateau Marmont. An entire floor, including Jim Morrison’s old favorite suite, has been booked, as well as the pool and garden areas, which will serve as a stage for spontaneous acts. If McCartney’s playing the Sellers character, she’s not alone. The invitation — a key with a custom pink pearlized tag — has become the most coveted invite in town on an already bustling night. Even Christina Ricci, who’s co-hosting the Chance cocktail fete at Chanel in Beverly Hills with Chloë Sevigny earlier in the evening, got in her RSVP asap.
DEMOCRACY: Sometimes actions speak louder than words. On Wednesday, House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, an aide and a security guard took the Acela train from Philadelphia to Washington. As they stepped onto the first-class car of the train, the Secret Service agent realized there weren’t three seats together. So, according to an eyewitness, the agent very pretentiously complained to the conductor, who handled the situation by telling three people seated together to disperse to single seats. But 10 minutes later, a supervisor walked onto the car and noticed that none of the ticket stubs sticking out of from Gephardt’s seats were even for first class. Her reaction? She told the men to get out, at which point Gephardt very sheepishly stepped up from his seat and, with everyone looking at him in wide-eyed amazement (one person even began to clap), skulked out to the next car.
CHA-CHA-CHA: Tonight, after a long hiatus, the Copacabana nightclub — now a 48,000 square-foot megaclub on 34th Street and 11th Avenue — will return in all of its legendary glory. Not only does the club boast a high-tech dance floor, but its Carmen Miranda-inspired dancing "Copa Girls" are back, and will be dressed — or make that undressed — in peel-away white costumes created by Dominican designer Anel Verna.
THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK: Former Movado creative director Scott Woodward got more than he bargained for when he decorated Glass with about 50 T-shirts hung from a clothesline on Monday night for the launch of his new fashion collection, SwankT’s. The shirts, which retail around $70 apiece, were part of a shipment destined for a store the next day, but a gaggle of greedy guests, including several male models egged on by photographer Patrick McMullen, plucked the shirts right off the line — and in some cases, changed from their street clothes right at the bar. While it made for a great photo op, it wasn’t the kind of publicity Woodward was expecting. He’s spent the rest of the week coming up with a way to reproduce enough shirts to fill his orders.
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