Fashion Scoops: Narcisco’s Angels…Express Gets The Green Light…Maxed Out
NARCISO’S ANGELS: Demi Moore missed him by a day, but Angeleno fans Jacqui Getty and Kelly Lynch made darn sure to get face time with Narciso Rodriguez during his two-hour visit last Friday afternoon — his first...
NARCISO’S ANGELS: Demi Moore missed him by a day, but Angeleno fans Jacqui Getty and Kelly Lynch made darn sure to get face time with Narciso Rodriguez during his two-hour visit last Friday afternoon — his first on the West Coast and part of a two-day trunk show at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. In all, the event rung up slightly more than $200,000, with such top sellers as a black stretch cashmere coat, $2,380; a sleeveless black beaded dress with pink insets, $3,295; a sleeveless black dress with white insets, $1,295 — the same style Renee Russo wore the evening before at the Barneys-hosted dinner in the designer’s honor, and a black wool cotton velvet jacket, $1,425, and matching A-line skirt, $795. Lynch, among the dinner’s guests, popped in the next day so Rodriguez could personally fit the cocktail look she’s wearing this month at the Venice Film Festival for the premiere of “Lost in Translation,” the Sofia Coppola-directed film produced by her husband, Mitch Glazer. “Narciso’s my new favorite designer,” said the fashion-loving actress, who was meeting Rodriguez for the first time despite owning several of his pieces. “These new rehashed vintage clothes by other designers aren’t speaking to me. But his clothes are so sexy without being vulgar. He gets a woman completely.”
EXPRESS GETS THE GREEN LIGHT: Never thought you’d hear Express in the same breath as Ben Affleck? It’s true. Although the Hollywood hunk has been known for sporting YSL and Gucci lately, his independent filmmaking venture with Matt Damon, “Project Greenlight,” has partnered with the retail chain for its second film, “The Battle of Shaker Heights,” which premiered Monday night in Universal City. Although Affleck and Damon wore their own casual duds at the 90-degree premiere, the producers, directors, screenwriter and film’s male star, Shia Le Boeuf, all sported Express duds. And the film’s female star, Amy Smart, mixed in Express pieces with her vintage wardrobe, styled by costume designer Bega Metzner, daughter of fashion photographer Sheila. The Ohio-based chain has been making inroads into the worldof independent film, having sponsored the Independent Spirit Awards for the past four years, and providing wardrobes for 10 independent films made this year, with Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Gretchen Mol among the stars to don Express. Express also can be seen in the current art house hit, “The Secret Lives of Dentists,” on the backs of Campbell Scott and Paul Rudd.MAXED OUT: So what if the new Max & Co. store in the Beverly Center was still days away from being opened? Karolina Kurkova only needed to charm the visual display team dressing the windows to let her in for a little shopping. Max Mara USA president Guglielmo Melegari—in town for the week to oversee the opening of this unit and another at South Coast Plaza — was promptly called in to assist the Czech lovely, who purchased a coat, leggings and miniskirts. In fact, at about $125 a pop, the short skirts in denim and tartan proved an unexpected hit when the doors finally opened last Saturday. (Another two units open on the West Coast in the coming weeks in Palo Alto, Calif., and Las Vegas.) While the registers were already in place, not everything was customer-ready: the shopping bags had yet to arrive, so Kurkova had to carry out her buys on hangers.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye