Fashion Scoops: No, No Nicole … Slow News Day in Milan? … McQueen’s Kings …
NO, NO NICOLE: This time, she clearly didn’t make it. After last year’s Nicole Kidman contretemps at the Council of Fashion Designer of America Fashion Awards, phantom or not, the actress had to deliver the unfortunate news on Monday that...
NO, NO NICOLE: This time, she clearly didn’t make it. After last year’s Nicole Kidman contretemps at the Council of Fashion Designer of America Fashion Awards, phantom or not, the actress had to deliver the unfortunate news on Monday that she would not be able to attend the night’s big event after being called back to Los Angeles to reshoot scenes for Robert Benton’s production of “The Human Stain.” (Last year, Kidman reportedly balked from attending after Penélope Cruz’s attendance was announced, although her publicists have firmly denied said events.)
This year, Kidman was to receive the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award, so she quickly took to the phones to line up a stand-in, the logistics of which were something to behold. At press time, the plan was for a PMK publicist to retrieve none other than past Fashion Icon recipient Lauren Bacall from another benefit for the Irish Repertory Theatre. Bacall was to be chauffeured to the New York Public Library to accept on Kidman’s behalf, then whisked back to her original plans. The connection? Kidman and Bacall became friends while filming two recent projects together — Lars von Trier’s“Dogville” and Jonathan Glazer’s “Birth.”
SLOW NEWS DAY IN MILAN?: There is no end to the rumors surrounding Jil Sander, even now that the designer is back at the company she founded and sold to Prada chief Patrizio Bertelli. The Italian daily Corriere della Sera printed Monday that Sander is in talks with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to design the Fendi line in exchange for a “significant economic contribution,” which would allow her to buy back her company from Prada. According to the newspaper, these rumors highlight the “cooling relationship” between Fendi’s designer Karl Lagerfeld and LVMH, which controls Fendi. The paper said LVMH is renovating “the entire structure” of the company and finds “too routine-like and tired” the work of Lagerfeld, who has been designing Fendi since 1965.
Fendi ceo Giancarlo Di Risio was not available for comment, as Monday was a national holiday in Italy, and a spokesman for Prada said the company “did not wish to comment on such silly allegations.”
Meanwhile, reached in Paris, Lagerfeld said it was the first he had heard of the rumor, which he dismissed as “ridiculous.” He quipped, “I think it [Jil Sander] would be a bit more expensive than what she could make [working] at Fendi.” Lagerfeld said he had renewed ambitions for Fendi now that Dior president Sidney Toledano will assume extra responsibilities guiding the Rome-based house’s strategy. “There was a bad period [at Fendi]. But it’s over. I think it will improve with Toledano now.”McQUEEN’S KINGS: Alexander McQueen’s first three-day trunk show at his New York store pulled in an impressive receipt: $1.1 million in orders for fall merchandise. Among the bestsellers were hooded fur coats ranging from $3,445 to $8,700, depending on the style; a $1,900 optical check suit and a silk faille kimono evening suit priced at $3,945.
FAMILY VALUES: Cheap-chic retailer Hennes & Mauritz’s upcoming fall advertising campaign will be a pure family affair. Not only will Jade Jagger stage a return appearance for the Swedish firm after starring in their fall 2000 campaign, this time she’s bringing her two daughters — Amber and Assisi — along for the ride. To be lensed by Tom Monroe, the campaign will break in mid-August. An H&M spokeswoman said another famous mother-daughter duo is expected to appear in the campaign, but was mum, since they have yet to confirm.
MR. PERSONALITY: Despite his friends’ jokes, Roberto Cavalli insists he’s not trying to find a new wife by judging tonight’s Miss Universe contest in Panama. The designer said Monday he remains happily married to Eva Duringer, a former contestant whom he first met during an earlier go-round as a judge in 1977.
So what brings him back to the land of evening gowns and swimsuits? “First off: I love the beauty. It’s very important for me to be involved in beauty.”
Cavalli packed a few extra dresses for the show, one of which fellow judge Fernanda Tavares will don. But he was still working on Miss Universe host Daisy Fuentes. “She’s so beautiful. I will try to convince her. Maybe yes, I will do my best.”
As for what it takes to capture the tiara, Cavalli said, “Unfortunately, just the beauty. But I would like to give a prize for personality. I don’t want to speak about intelligence. Sometimes personality goes with the beauty. That’s exactly how I try to design my clothes. The sexy part of the woman is the personality.”
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)