Fashion Scoops: Musically Inclined … On with the Show … Dior Reversal …
MUSICALLY INCLINED: It was the top of the pops Monday night at Hedi Slimane’s Dior Homme show, which closed men’s fashion week in Paris. Among the front row denizens were Malcom McClaren, Casey Spooner of FischerSpooner, Neil Tennant of...
MUSICALLY INCLINED: It was the top of the pops Monday night at Hedi Slimane’s Dior Homme show, which closed men’s fashion week in Paris. Among the front row denizens were Malcom McClaren, Casey Spooner of FischerSpooner, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys and Sir Elton John in a crested blazer. "It was like Jack the Ripper on acid," said Sir Elton, who had his eye on a short black tailcoat with sequin trim. But these musical greats probably won’t be the first to take Dior Homme from runway to reality. Karl Lagerfeld, noticing the models had silver chains wrapped around their wrists, removed his own chain belt and made it into a bracelet.
Meanwhile, Bloomingdale’s fashion director Kal Ruttenstein has been going for fittings chez Dior Homme. "[Hedi] offered to make me a suit. I went for my second fitting today and I’ll have a black suit on March 15. I was a little worried the lapels might be too narrow," he deadpanned. "But everything is in proportion."
ON WITH THE SHOW: Never mind the pending closure of the Thierry Mugler fashion house. On Monday, the French firm went ahead with its fall men’s wear show. "We had already booked everything," Perrine Houdoux, head of Mugler’s fashion business, explained on the sidelines. "[Men’s designer] Jean-Luc Testu had worked hard on the collection and we felt it was absolutely normal to show. We’re going to continue to run operations as always until a final decision is taken." Mugler employees convene again on Feb. 26 to hear more about the shutdown, proposed by house owner Groupe Clarins, which will continue to market Mugler fragrances. Meanwhile, as a swan song, Testu’s leather-loaded collection was a hit. The audience leapt to its feet, waving the black silk squares that served as invitations.
DIOR REVERSAL:Parfums Christian Dior is revamping its Dior Addict fragrance campaign in response to protests from Faces and Voices of Recovery, and two other drug and alcohol dependence groups. The campaign, whose images include a print ad of a wild-haired woman with a Dior Addict bottle and the tag line "Admit It," had riled the groups, which said they glorified addiction and belittled 12-step programs — the first step of which is to admit there is a problem with the substance."Parfums Christian Dior has never had any intention to trivialize or glamorize drug abuse or to offend individuals who suffer from or are trying to recover from addictions," said Claude Martinez, president of Parfums Christian Dior worldwide, in a letter to the group. As such, the tag linewill be dropped from the brand’s Web site and forthcoming promotional materials and ads. As well, Martinez said, products will not be referred to as "Addict" alone in promos, and an image of a bicep with a lipstick tattoo will be terminated. The statement "The new perfume from Christian Dior" will also be added to existing visuals.
FIT FOR A QUEEN: Mikimoto pulled together 482 diamonds and 117 pearls, including a dozen South Sea pearls, for the new design of the Miss USA tiara. Donald Trump and Miss USA Shauntay Hinton will help unveil the $150,000 crown on Feb. 5 in Manhattan, but armed guards will carry the bounty.
THE JOHN JOB WATCH: For a man who says he’s going on a monthlong vacation to Thailand, John Bartlett has certainly been working the market overtime. Just after Bartlett was seen at the offices of J. Crew about a possible job as creative director a few weeks ago — where he’d have to get along with incoming ceo Mickey Drexler — the designer was also spotted in the offices of Ecko Unlimited, talking about the possibility of designing its men’s wear.
@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