Fashion Scoops: New Niki…Spade’s Song…Runway To Table…The Queen’s Clothes
NEW NIKI: Niki Taylor is on the hunt. The model, who has graced the covers of more than 300 magazines over the course of her career, is looking for appropriate financial backing for her new ready-to-wear line, called Begin. The collection,...
NEW NIKI: Niki Taylor is on the hunt. The model, who has graced the covers of more than 300 magazines over the course of her career, is looking for appropriate financial backing for her new ready-to-wear line, called Begin. The collection, which consists of career basics and some casual separates, targets women aged 25 to 40. According to Lou Taylor, chief executive officer of the Brentwood, Tenn.-based TriStar Sports and Entertainment Group and Niki Taylor’s manager, the plan for the Begin brand includes licensing opportunities for fragrances and cosmetics.
“Niki is fashion and beauty and her market base is derived from fashion, not music or acting,” Lou Taylor said. “Fashion branding as it relates to fashion will continue, it will not be based upon celebrity popularity or by the number of records selling. This is how brands are made, and Niki is willing to work her brand and bring a personal touch to the market place.”
SPADE’S SONG: Kate and Andy Spade are taking flight with Song, Delta Air Lines’ new low-fare offshoot. The carrier has enlisted the duo to design head-to-toe uniforms for its employees, complete with accessories and luggage. Spade is making outfits for female flight attendants and customer representatives, while her husband’s label, Jack Spade, is designing uniforms and accessories for the male employees.
“The designs for Song look back to the glamour days of air travel, a time when both the flight staff and travelers often showed up on the tarmac with incredible style,” said Kate Spade. The new uniforms and bags, which will make their debut in the skies in February 2004, feature custom-designed fabrics. “The clothing requirements are different in the air,” said a Spade spokeswoman. The airline, which debuted earlier this year, is designed to have a more whimsical feel than most carriers, and includes brightly colored seats and attendants who crack jokes throughout the flight.
RUNWAY TO TABLE: Designers Lilly Pulitzer, Dana Buchman and Linda Allard of Ellen Tracy have been commissioned to design a line of limited-edition coffee mugs and saucers on Rosenthal China. Proceeds from sales of the cups will benefit the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. Together with Gevalia Kaffe, the project is called “Extraordinary Cup” and debuts this week at retail. Each set features a different pattern, true to each designer’s signature style.THE QUEEN’S CLOTHES: Keeping in with the Coronation celebratory mood, Buckingham Palace opened its state room doors to the public last Thursday for eight weeks only. Aside from the Coronation oil paintings by Polish-born artist Feliks Topolski, including the first public showing of his 35-foot Coronation frieze, official photographs of Queen Elizabeth II taken by Cecil Beaton and black-and-white BBC footage of the day, the main attraction is the Coronation dress. The gown — designed by the royal couturier, Sir Norman Hartnell — has a fitted bodice with short sleeves, square-cut neckline and full flared skirt that is slightly trained. The embroidery on the skirt, in seed pearls, crystals, colored silks and gold and silver thread, is laid out in three tiers of overlapping panels and features flowering leeks to represent Wales, thistles representing Scotland and shamrocks — including an extra one Hartnell added to the left side of the skirt for luck — representing Ireland. After 50 years, the pristine dress only required minor restoration. Displayed with the gown is the accompanying Robe of Estate, which took around 3,500 hours to complete by 12 embroiderers from the Royal School of Needlework working in shifts seven days a week.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)