Fashion Scoops: Naked Models … Hip-Hop at Henri … Caviar Capers …
NAKED MODELS: As if that kicker wasn’t enough of an attention grabber, model Maggie Rizer has big plans for this year’s edition of “Viva Glam Casino,” the third annual benefit she has hosted with MAC Cosmetics to benefit DIFFA....
NAKED MODELS: As if that kicker wasn’t enough of an attention grabber, model Maggie Rizer has big plans for this year’s edition of “Viva Glam Casino,” the third annual benefit she has hosted with MAC Cosmetics to benefit DIFFA. After two years of staging the event at Cipriani 42nd Street, the venue is moving to the larger Regent Wall Street to accommodate a crowd expected to include Gisele Bündchen, Milla Jovovich, Angela Lindval and Jacquetta Wheeler.
This year’s theme is “diamonds,” Rizer said, and the goal is to break the $1 million mark in money raised for the charity. For the invitation to the June 25 event, Rizer posed in body paint, covered with Swarovski crystals and Harry Winston diamonds, which should give some indication of just how far she’s willing to go for the cause.
“We’re looking into the possibility of a strip poker room,” Rizer said. “Well, not completely strip poker, but there will be some different games. Maybe darts?”
HIP-HOP AT HENRI: Damon Dash’s Rocawear line is headed to Henri Bendel for a test run.
The hip-hop impresario’s streetwear company is designing pieces exclusively for Henri Bendel that are set to hit the store at the end of October. “They’re not in my market, and I’m not in theirs. Any retailer that isn’t trying to expand their customer base isn’t doing their job as far as I’m concerned,” said Ed Burstell, vice president and general manager at Henri Bendel.
“It’s here to stay,” said Burstell, of the burgeoning streetwear market. “It’s a segment of the business that’s only going to get bigger.”
CAVIAR CAPERS: Another caviar eatery is slated to touch down on Paris’ Place de la Madeleine this December — and its patron will be none other than Pierre Bergé. But combative Bergé insists he’s not out to ignite a caviar war by opening his second branch of Prunier right next door to Caviar Kaspia, popular with the fashion crowd and Tom Ford. “Let me cut you off before you ask that next question,” he said. “Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier are all on the Place Vendôme. On the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré are Gucci, Hermès, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel. I wasn’t going to open a caviar restaurant behind the Austerlitz train station.” Bergé, who purchased the landmark Art Deco Prunier three years ago, said the new 50-seat restaurant should open in December, with a Jacques Granges Art Deco interior. A boutique will occupy the ground level, with a dining room on the first floor. Meanwhile, Bergé said that he and Yves Saint Laurent initiated construction on their former couture headquarters at 5 Avenue Marceau — which is slated to become a museum. “It should be completed by December,” he said. “The first exhibition will be devoted to Saint Laurent and open during the January couture.”GIRL POWER: Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, the anime-style cult cartoon characters known as The Powerpuff Girls, are going designer. Their creator, Craig McCracken, has teamed up with London-based designer Marcus Lupfer to produce an exclusive clothing line for Topshop, the London street fashion mecca. The animated crime fighters will appear on cotton tank tops and T-shirts made from silk or chiffon. Sweatshirts will be printed with graffiti-style designs in the simple, bold colors of the cartoons. Starting Saturday, Topshop will host a Powerpuff Girls week with in-store events including an in-house Powerpuff Girls cartoon illustrator, T-shirt customization and the chance to win a trip to Tokyo.
CHARITY CASE: Philanthropy does have its drawbacks, such as droopy eyes and a depleted bank account, yet the Calvin Klein crew has trooped around town for several benefits over the past two weeks and keeps on ticking. Following Monday’s American Image Awards, where Phillips-Van Heusen chairman and chief executive Bruce Klatsky was honored, the Klein staff came out on Tuesday to sponsor a Sanctuary for Families benefit that included among its chairs Lynda and Tom Murry, the president and chief operating officer of Calvin Klein.
“It takes a lot of time and we’re up late a lot of nights, but it’s all for a good cause,” said Murry. “It’s worth it.”
Meanwhile, Barry Schwartz, the former chairman of CKI, found himself besieged by questions of a different sort, now that he is focused on his job as chairman of the New York Racing Association. Guest after guest came by to get his take on Funny Cide, the gelding who’s aiming to win the Triple Crown at Belmont next month.
“I think he’s got a very good chance,” Schwartz said. “I know that the president of Chile called Jose (Santos, the jockey) yesterday. He’s so excited.”
TOASTING HERVE: Hervé Pierre, the charismatic design director of Carolina Herrera, was toasted Monday night by Nathalie Kaplan, Anne Grauso and Tara Rockefeller, who held the cocktail in her Gramercy Park home, which happens to be in Manhattan’s oldest co-op building. It drew a crowd of fashion editors and out-about-towners including Jennifer Creel, Jill Roosevelt, Amy Fine Collins and Helen Schifter, not to mention Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera and their daughter, Patricia Lansing.Rockefeller will wear a coral Carolina Herrera cocktail dress to an upcoming wedding and Grauso — whose husband is Mario Grauso, president of Carolina Herrera Ltd. — will wear a Herrera gown to the CFDA awards next month. That leaves Kaplan singled out, but not to worry, she has an appointment with the house next week.
@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