Fashion Scoops: More Human Than Human…Made In Manhattan…Doodling Do-Gooders…
MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN: What is it about Nicole Kidman that wins her Oscars and a spot on Tom Ford’s arm? Beauty? Talent? Her utter lack of empathy? The latter caught Lars von Trier’s eye. That quality led the...
MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN: What is it about Nicole Kidman that wins her Oscars and a spot on Tom Ford’s arm? Beauty? Talent? Her utter lack of empathy? The latter caught Lars von Trier’s eye. That quality led the Danish director/provocateur to cast her in his latest deconstruction of Hollywood clichés, this year’s Cannes Film Festival hit, “Dogville.” In the next issue of Black Book, he tells fellow director Paul Thomas Anderson, “I liked Nicole very much, or anyway, I liked her character, Grace, very much, because she’s a little more aggressive, a little more human than the other characters I’ve worked with.”
“Wait,” Anderson asks, “is that because she’s a more human character or a more human actor?”
After a long pause, von Trier replies, “It’s because she’s a more human character and a less human actress…” Come again? “I like the inhuman quality of Nicole…I know it sounds negative, but it’s not really meant to be.”
MADE IN MANHATTAN: Louis Vuitton is quickly getting into a New York state of mind. Gearing up for the Feb. 10 opening of the biggest Vuitton store in the world at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, the French luxury brand unveiled in Paris last week a few of the exclusive products slated to debut there. These include a new permanent travel line, dubbed Giant Damier after its large-scale checkerboard-patterned canvas. Made of the same durable fiber commonly found in mountain-climbing ropes, the rugged, casual collection spans small shoulder bags up to big rolling suitcases. In a decidedly more girlie vein is a charm bracelet sprouting a single motif: a Big Apple, of course. It comes in red-tinted gold, with a single green-tinted leaf, and retails for about $2,600. For those looking for more bling-bling, there arebejeweled versions that start at about $25,000.
DOODLING DO-GOODERS: Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano and Christian Lacroix have all decided to reach out and touch someone. In an attempt to spread the love, more than 30 designers have agreed to sketch heart motifs that French mobile phone users can download onto their screens to raise funds for a French AIDS charity. The drawings, available until Jan. 31, can be downloaded for about $3.CAVALLI IN NY?: Maybe hosting the Columbus Day parade has given Roberto Cavalli a taste for the Big Apple. A spokeswoman for the designer said that he’s mulling the idea of showing next season’s Just Cavalli collection in New York and hosting a massive after-party and art exhibition, but a decision has yet to be made even though the clock’s ticking — and it’s pretty safe to assume that a Cavalli fete will require quite a bit of preparation.
Cavalli is even taking on the Broadway scene. He'll be dressing Nancy Lemeninger, the female lead in “Never Gonna Dance” that opens on Broadway Dec. 4, for the opening party at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. She'll be wearing Cavalli's deep V-neck flowing green and white gown.The show is based on the 1936 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movie “Swing Time.”
SING A SONG: Who knew that Kathy Bronstein, former head of Wet Seal Inc., had a little Frank Sinatra in her? Talking about her unceremonious ouster in February, Bronstein belted out the lyrics to “My Way” to an applauding crowd of 180 at the recent Textile Association of Los Angeles’ 47th Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon. In her speech to the students — 21 of whom earned scholarships totaling more than $10,000 — she described the passion and resiliency found in the apparel industry. “You can stretch us so thin like a rubber band, but if you let go, we’ll bounce back,” she said.
For now, Bronstein is consulting with Guess Inc. and others, while exploring opportunities. She thinks the junior world needs a “good kick in the pants” to shift gears away from “overplayed” casual looks. Any internal satisfaction from Wet Seal’s continued sales losses? “I hate to see the consumer fall out of love with Wet Seal,” she lamented. “I just wish them the best.”
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)