Fashion Scoops: Morocco A Go-Go … On the Prowl … No Saks Up North …
MOROCCO A GO-GO: Christian Dior’s next boutique represents a homecoming of sorts for president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano. On Dec. 10, the Casablanca-born executive is slated to unveil the first Dior boutique on the...
MOROCCO A GO-GO: Christian Dior’s next boutique represents a homecoming of sorts for president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano. On Dec. 10, the Casablanca-born executive is slated to unveil the first Dior boutique on the African continent in the mythic La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech. The 750-square-foot unit will sell women’s accessories and ready-to-wear. Toledano plans to host a dinner to celebrate the opening, which is bound to be star-studded: It falls during the fourth annual Marrakech film festival.
ON THE PROWL?: Now that his magic seems to be working at J. Crew — with same-store sales hitting strong double-digits — could Millard Drexler be looking to make an acquisition? Reports are that Drexler and his team are scouting to buy another brand, either to fold into J. Crew as a secondary line or to launch as a stand-alone format. Drexler could not be reached for comment and a J. Crew spokeswoman declined comment. But sources said the merchandise whiz is always eager to take on another challenge.
NO SAKS UP NORTH: Saks Fifth Avenue isn’t heading north of the border. “We have no plans,” company president Andrew Jennings told a Thursday breakfast meeting of the UJA Federation’s fashion division in Toronto, adding that the retailer has “a pretty grueling schedule for the next five years.”
Jennings is a former president of Toronto-based luxury retailer Holt Renfrew & Co. and Saks had reportedly scouted the Canadian market before deciding not to make the move. There had been speculation as recently as last spring among industry watchers that Saks was thinking of opening up a Saks Off 5th outlet in a new mall north of Toronto, but Jennings also nixed that idea. Saks recently revealed plans to shut nine of its underperforming stores and three Off 5th outlets as it focuses on upgrading its remaining stores. It is also launching a reported $150 million remodeling of its Manhattan flagship to be designed by Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry.
Meanwhile, Ali Larter and Famke Janssen helped Calvin Klein celebrate its CK relaunch at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York on Thursday. Larter was revved up going to India in January to film her next project “Marigold,” a romantic comedy about an actress who ends up in Bollywood films. “The girl is a live wire. I think only when you are in a foreign country can you break out of your own shell,” she said.OLD HAT: When Barbara Walters took the podium at Thursday’s Citymeals-on-Wheels Power Lunch, she said it was only appropriate that the eldest start things off and then swiftly passed the mike to Gloria Steinem. Renée Zellweger, Paula Zahn, Kathleen Turner, and Anita Hill were at the Rainbow Room event to share the laugh.
Breaking: @cushnieetochs’ co-founders @carlycushnie and @ochsmichelle are parting ways. After a 10-year run, Ochs is leaving the brand. Get the full story on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
@maybelline’s Kanako Takase had snow bunnies in mind when creating the beauty look for @philipppleininternational. Playing off of the bedazzled snowboards in the collection, Takase mixed two highlighters together for a luminous sheen. #wwdbeauty #nyfw (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
“There’s a huge gap between the old way of doing things and today. It takes the youth to help evolve that. You have to count on the kids today to help lead you into the future. A lot of these retailers are stuck in the past. Communication is the biggest thing,” said @ronniefieg of @kith on the youth’s role in retail. On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Fieg and @syresmith at Assembly - a series of workshops, talks and keynotes addressing topics or issues in the apparel industry. Head to WWD.com to read more advice from Fieg and what Smith thinks of his dad @willsmith’s Instagram account and sustainability (📷: @weston.wells)
@joansmalls closed the @michaelkors fall 2018 show in black sequined pants and a varsity T printed with 19 on the front and 81 on the back. 1981 – the year Kors went into business. #wwdfashion #nfyw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“You think your life is going to be a certain way, and nothing you thought would happen ends up happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be designing clothes and working with Mickey Drexler, and building something I’m deeply proud of,” said Jenna Lyons. Nine months after leaving @jcrew, Lyons is exploring the meaning of happiness. Read the interview, where Lyons talks about reinvention and more on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Farrell) #jennalyons #jcrew