Fashion Scoops: Not Quite the Blass Word … Designing Schon … Teen Scene …
NOT QUITE THE BLASS WORD: While Bill Blass’ will remains in probate, according to sources familiar with the late designer’s estate, word has gotten around to a few of his friends that they have been included among the beneficiaries. Steve...
NOT QUITE THE BLASS WORD: While Bill Blass’ will remains in probate, according to sources familiar with the late designer’s estate, word has gotten around to a few of his friends that they have been included among the beneficiaries. Steve Kaufmann, whose family operated the Kaufmann’s retail dynasty in Pittsburgh; John Richardson, the art dealer who helped Blass buy his Picassos, and Missy Bancroft, who introduced him to a lot of the society dames in the Fifties, are each said to be in line to inherit a bit of Blass’ fortune.
DESIGNING SCHON: With under three weeks before the Milan collections, Mila Schön has confirmed Marc Hellmuth as creative director of the Italian house, although an official announcement is expected later this month. His first collection for Mila Schön will bow on Sept. 26 during the Milan spring shows. Hellmuth, who has had stints at Extè, Yves Saint Laurent and Thierry Mugler and lives in Paris, fills the position vacated by Greg Myler, Stefano Citron and Federico Piaggi. Those three designers left the house last spring to tackle the role of designers at the newly relaunched Byblos.
TEEN SCENE: Fifteen years after founding his couture house, Christian Lacroix is finally going virtual. Next Sunday, he will begin selling a special anniversary T-shirt on his Web site christian-lacroix.com. Sporting a crystal-studded "15" askew on a multicolored background, the limited-edition style sells for about $120.
RETAIL RIVALRIES, PART 2: Following their recent competition to host the biggest casting calls for new designers, Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel are now attempting to outdo one another in show biz.
Saks hosted Jennifer Lopez and crew in July to film several scenes of "Maid in Manhattan," her upcoming rags-to-riches film. (She’s a chambermaid who meets a Prince Charming, played by Ralph Fiennes). But on Friday night, Brittany Murphy and the crew of "Molly Gunn" took over Bendel’s to film scenes for the riches-to-rags story of a young socialite who is left penniless and is forced to get a job —working at the store.
COLETTE CRAZY: Sure it’s less than 8,000 square feet. But Colette, the uber-cool Paris fashion emporium, just got the guidebook treatment. "Colette A to Z," published by Tokyo’s Editions de Paris, targets Japanese tourists with 110 pages of quirky information about the five-year-old store on the Rue Saint Honoré. For instance, it reveals the most inexpensive and expensive items in the store: a 50-cent rubber-band bracelet and a $42,700 limited-edition Ikepod watch. It also lists nearby hotels for "Coletteuses," or Japanese traveling to Paris expressly to load up on fashionable gear at the shop.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)