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.
@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