Fashion Scoops: Mutual Investors … Has the Lubbe Gone? … Blass Italian Style …
MUTUAL INVESTORS: Lawrence Stroll may have stepped down as co-chairman and a director of Tommy Hilfiger, but he still owns a piece of the company. Likewise, Tommy Hilfiger still has an interest in Asprey & Garrard, the London-based luxury jewelers....
MUTUAL INVESTORS: Lawrence Stroll may have stepped down as co-chairman and a director of Tommy Hilfiger, but he still owns a piece of the company. Likewise, Tommy Hilfiger still has an interest in Asprey & Garrard, the London-based luxury jewelers. "Joel [Horowitz, chief executive officer of Tommy Hilfiger] and I are partners in Asprey, as well," said Hilfiger on Wednesday. Hilfiger said he and Stroll remain good friends, and their families are vacationing together later this month. As reported, Stroll’s main reason for stepping down from Hilfiger was to devote more time to building Asprey & Garrard. However, a few sources believe Stroll could be setting himself up to acquire a competing company to Hilfiger some day.
HAS THE LUBBE GONE?: Has Sandor Lubbe been driven out of Dutch magazine? Rumors are flying on both sides of the Atlantic that Lubbe, the editor in chief and publisher of Dutch, has pushed his partners at Audax Media a step too far. Sources in London said Lubbe has been spending a lot of time — and company money — promoting Berlin, his new fashion, lifestyle and celebrity magazine. "He’s basically spending money that isn’t his on the new project," alleged one source. Another source claimed Lubbe has been having "ongoing difficulties" with Audax about the Berlin project. A spokeswoman for the Netherlands-based Audax Media, which owns Dutch with Lubbe, said she "knew nothing" about reports that Lubbe had left Dutch, and that it was business as usual at the magazine. Lubbe did not return phone calls on Wednesday.
BLASS ITALIAN STYLE: The Bill Blass collections are heading to Venice, as the house has been tapped to represent the American fashion industry during the city’s 59th International Film Festival starting Aug. 29. TMG Productions, which hosted Blass designer Lars Nilsson for a show in Miami this year, is now bringing the line to Italy to dress actresses and VIPs for screenings, plus a fashion show on San Marco Island. While Nilsson won’t be making the trip, citing the proximity to his September fashion show in New York, the company is sending looks from his fall collection, some from the company’s new bridge collection and a smattering of pieces from the company’s archives. To complete the look, MAC is serving as the exclusive makeup team for the event.
DIOR TAPS LOURD: Christian Dior took another step toward raising its profile in Hollywood Wednesday by naming Crystal Lourd to a new West Coast public relations post. She will report to another new addition at the luxury house, Alixe Boyer, vice president of communications for Dior North America. The pair worked at Ralph Lauren, where Boyer was senior director of communications and marketing and Lourd served as its Los Angeles p.r. consultant. Lourd was also West Coast editor for Allure and associate West Coast editor for Vogue. She joins Dior Sept. 3.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)