MORE ON CALVIN: Whatever Bernard can do, so can François. At least, that’s the thinking behind the latest rumor to pop up regarding Calvin Klein Inc., which has it that French tycoon François Pinault came to Manhattan last week looking...
MORE ON CALVIN: Whatever Bernard can do, so can François. At least, that’s the thinking behind the latest rumor to pop up regarding Calvin Klein Inc., which has it that French tycoon François Pinault came to Manhattan last week looking to negotiate for the designer’s business. The thinking is that since Bernard Arnault’s LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton bought Donna Karan, Pinault wants to own an American designer brand, too. But no one was talking officially on Friday, and there also are reasons why such a scenario might not make sense: Pinault-Printemps-Redoute last month sold the majority of its financial services arms for some $3 billion to pay down its $6 billion debt and alleviate investor worries over its commitment in 2004 to pay $4.8 billion for the 47 percent of Gucci it does not already own. Plus, there’s already a list of potential suitors for bits and pieces — or all — of the Calvin Klein brands, including Kellwood Co., Phillips-Van Heusen, VF Corp. and Lawrence Stroll and Silas Chou.
However, PPR has also indicated it would slowly reconfigure its profile by reducing its business-to-business activities in favor of higher-margin retail and luxury businesses. PPR first moved in that direction when in August it also sold the mail-order subsidiary of Guilbert, its office supplies distributor, to Staples Inc. for $808 million. PPR has also hinted it could sell Rexel, the electrical equipment retailer.
Spokesmen for PPR and CKI declined to comment, and Pinault’s personal spokeswoman could not be reached at press time Friday.
DIET MANIA: Is everyone soon going to be as svelte as Karl Lagerfeld? If preliminary sales of his diet book "3D" are any indication, the chances are pretty high. Lagerfeld’s much-anticipated book hit outlets in France on Thursday, and the 200-page tome caused such a stir that it sold out in its first day. "I don’t know exactly how many copies they printed but I think it was around 30,000," commented Lagerfeld. "It’s amazing, no?" The book was issued simultaneously in Germany — and it has already sold out there, too. "There were a 100,000 copies in Germany. All gone. It’s incredible. I guess people like this kind of book."Lagerfeld’s publisher, Robert Laffont, is already working overtime to satiate public appetite, and the book should hit the U.S. early next year. "I hope they can reprint fast enough," said Lagerfeld. In the book, which sells for about $20, the designer details the method he employed to shed more than 90 pounds in 13 months. It is co-authored with Dr. Jean-Claude Houdret, the diet guru, whose advice Lagerfeld implemented. "It’s very serious. No funny business in the book," said Lagerfeld. "To lose weight, you’ve got to have discipline. The diet worked wonders for me. I’ve never been hungry. I sleep well. I work well. You just can’t eat anything between meals. That’s the secret."
@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