Fashion Scoops: No Mercier for Balmain … Back in the Saddle … Fashion’s Fleur
NO MERCIER FOR BALMAIN: The calendar for the couture shows in Paris in early July just came out — and Balmain isn’t on it. Sources said the house has parted ways with designer Laurent Mercier, who stayed for only three ready-to-wear...
NO MERCIER FOR BALMAIN: The calendar for the couture shows in Paris in early July just came out — and Balmain isn’t on it. Sources said the house has parted ways with designer Laurent Mercier, who stayed for only three ready-to-wear collections and one couture outing. It could not be learned if the couture atelier is kaput, or if a search for a successor is under way. The house has had a revolving door in its rtw department, and many couture clients exited along with Oscar de la Renta, who bid adieu after a decade as its couturier last July. But sources said Balmain remains the leading suitor for the soon-to-be-shuttered Thierry Mugler fashion house. Balmain president Alain Hivelin and other key executives were traveling in France Thursday and could not be reached for comment. Could they be measuring up Mugler’s high tech factory in Angers, west of Paris?
BACK IN THE SADDLE: Less than two weeks after rejoining her signature fashion house, Jil Sander faced the press in Paris Wednesday night at the launch of her new women’s fragrance, Jil Sander Pure, created by Coty Inc.’s Lancaster Group. So what’s it like for Sander to be back in the fashion spotlight? “On the one side, it seems like I never left,” she mused. “On the other, three years seem like a long time.” No matter. Sander looked radiant and confessed it’s been hard to keep herself away from designing her next men’s and women’s collections. “I’ve been working every day, up to 24 hours a day,” she said. “Everyone’s motivated, happy — almost emotional. Maybe it’s like it had to be.”
FASHION’S FLEUR: Fashion legend Fleur Cowles was on hand at Henri Bendel Wednesday afternoon perusing the Fifth Avenue window it has created in her honor. The retailer is working in conjunction with Pratt Institute’s Manhattan Gallery, which is featuring a retrospective on Flair Magazine and its founder Cowles. Despite her years, Cowles hiked upstairs to Tiffany Dubin’s Lair in Bendel’s to see vintage copies of her old magazine. “I love thisshop,” said Cowles. “It has always meant luxury and elegance and is one of those old traditions that hasn’t broken down.”
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
“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