MUGLER MOVES: A flurry of speculation on both sides of the Atlantic indicates that parent Clarins is in the process of restructuring and jiggling the management of its troubled Thierry Mugler Fashion and Fragrance division. The talk was stirred up by...
MUGLER MOVES: A flurry of speculation on both sides of the Atlantic indicates that parent Clarins is in the process of restructuring and jiggling the management of its troubled Thierry Mugler Fashion and Fragrance division. The talk was stirred up by a report on the wire service Agence France Presse. No Clarins or Mugler executives could be reached for comment at press time.
DIET RIOT: It looks like thin is already in. Sizing up the 100 or so women and men who lined up Tuesday at Galeries Lafayette in Paris to have Karl Lagerfeld autograph his diet book "3D," it was clear most came for stargazing — not low-cal recipes. "I’m just dying to meet him," enthused Pierrette Reste, a slight woman who, with her daughter Isabelle, a budding fashion designer, traveled from the southwestern city of Toulouse. Although in no need of dieting herself, Reste gave Lagerfeld’s pencil-slim look a stamp of approval. "It suits him," she said. "He looks younger." Lagerfeld famously shed more than 90 pounds in 13 months with guidance from French physician Dr. Jean-Claude Houdret, the book’s co-author. More than 80,000 copies have already sold in France. Brigitte Bossu, a German national who lives in France, said the book impressed her, too. "I’m from Hamburg, like Karl," she said. "All of the food he ate when he was young brought back memories of my childhood." But while waiting in line, some Parisians commented that Lagerfeld could afford to fatten up a bit. "I wonder if he hasn’t gone a little overboard," mused Elaine Ferrand. "Elegance doesn’t always mean youth," Muriel Degianni agreed. "I liked his look better before," she said. "He looked more distinguished. But he’s still amazing."
ANOTHER SONG: Opera plans to form a second investment fund earlier next year, WWD has learned. Bulgari, which already has a 12 percent stake in Opera, will also have a stake in the new fund. Sources close to the companies said the new fund, which will start with capital of about $300 million, expects to draw a larger number of foreign investments, especially French, than the original fund, with the goal to invest in brands that represent the Italian lifestyle.
THE COST OF GUEST RELATIONS: Washington’s Four Seasons Hotel picked up the tab recently to keep its guests happy during the Kennedy Center Honors Gala. While tending to the needs of honorees Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Simon, the hotel inadvertently lost a garment bag including ball gowns for three nights of partying belonging to Marvin Hamlisch’s wife, Terre Blair. "They gave my bag to the wrong person and now it’s in New York," said Blair who showed up at the white tie Symphony Ball, hosted by socialite Mary Ourisman, in a new, off the rack, low cut, black velvet Ralph Lauren gown. "The Four Seasons bought me this dress, new shoes and even my jewelry," said Blair, noting that a first call to Neiman Marcus flopped. "They had nothing left because everyone had bought all their gowns for the Honors gala. So we found this at the Ralph Lauren shop."
"It was an expensive mistake,’’ said one Four Seasons executive, putting the price tag at slightly under $10,000. The garment bag made it back to D.C. in time for the last two balls. "When they treat you like that, you can’t be upset," Blair said.
ROUGH RYDER: Ted Hartley, RKO Pictures chairman and ceo, didn’t sound too hopeful about the cinematic future of convicted shoplifter Winona Ryder, chatting at a recent Kennedy Center Honors Gala luncheon. "She goes from being an actress to being a celebrity like Robert Downey Jr.,’’ he said, giving his wife, Dina Merrill, RKO’s vice chairman, something to frown about.
"I don’t agree with that,’’ said the former actress. "You don’t want to hire her because she’s a shoplifter, but because she’s a good actress.’’
Hartley, who is busy with remakes of "Shade," starring Sylvester Stallone and Melanie Griffith, Hitchcock’s 1941 thriller "Suspicion" and "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," took another approach. "The joke going around Hollywood," he quipped, "is to look out when you have Winona on the set, that she doesn’t steal the coffee pot."So would they hire Ryder for any of their upcoming remakes? On this, the couple seemed to agree, shaking their heads in the negative. "Everyone is waiting to see who makes the first move," Hartley said.
Glenn Close also offered words of concern for Ryder the next night at the State Department dinner. "Poor Winona. It’s like what happened to Robert Downey Jr. I just hope she finds what she needs to make her feel good about herself," Close said.
@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 (📷: Dominique Maître)
@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)