MODERN LOVE: Who said Americans no longer want to buy French products? That was the reaction of Karl Lagerfeld to a triumphant sale last week of his collection of mostly French modernist furniture and objects, since roughly 80 percent of the buyers...
MODERN LOVE: Who said Americans no longer want to buy French products? That was the reaction of Karl Lagerfeld to a triumphant sale last week of his collection of mostly French modernist furniture and objects, since roughly 80 percent of the buyers were American. He told Sotheby’s, which conducted the sale in Paris, that it “reaffirmed the fraternity of French and American taste.” Not to mention Lagerfeld’s. The sale netted about $8 million, converted from euros at current exchange — more than double expectations. A pair of Jean-Michel Frank tables fetched $458,000, while Eileen Gray’s oak and lacquer console went for $375,000.
KLUM TIME: Heidi Klum just couldn’t break away. Although her appearance was billed from noon to 1 p.m., the model stayed around greeting throngs of customers, taking pictures with fans and signing autographs until 2:30 p.m. Thursday at H&M’s Fifth Avenue flagship. Dressed in jeans and a bright yellow halter top, Klum is the latest to show off swimwear for H&M’s summer ad campaign.
BOARD WITH BUNNIES: The ratio was one Playmate to every 15 surfers and skateboarders at Hef’s Mansion Thursday night, and the man of the house was nowhere in sight (“It’s his night out,” said one of the Playmates). But that didn’t seem to faze the 80 guests or so who turned out to celebrate the magazine’s first fashion spread on the action sports genre, along with a debut screening of the biopic, “Nihi Loa,” on big wave legend Titus Kinimaka. The leathered Hawaiian wave warrior, 48, was there, along with 29-year-old competitive skater Omar Hassan, who both appear in the spread, alongside other pros and a couple of bikini-clad Playmates. For Playboy fashion director Joseph De Acetis, the shoot is only the beginning. “These our are readers,” insisted De Acetis, a film crew from ESPN’s board show 123 hovering nearby. “You’re going to see a lot more of this in the future. I promise.”
@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