Maurice Ohayon, the designer and owner of Notify jeans, has a knack for selecting great dance partners. After teaming with Karl Lagerfeld to design the K Karl Lagerfeld denim line, Ohayon tapped architect Zaha Hadid to create his first store.
NOTABLE STORE: Maurice Ohayon, the designer and owner of Notify jeans, has a knack for selecting great dance partners. After teaming with Karl Lagerfeld to design the K Karl Lagerfeld denim line, Ohayon tapped architect Zaha Hadid to create his first store. Slated to open soon near the Place du Marche Saint Honoré, the store will act as an atelier, where visitors can sneak a look at exclusive denims being designed.
RICCI'S REDUX:Christina Ricci has a passion for vintage. "I view fashion as art," said the pint-sized actress, who co-hosted the launch party for Samsonite's Fashionaire collection at the Gramercy Park Hotel on Thursday night. "Wearing Madame Grès is like wearing a museum piece." Putting her money where her mouth is, Ricci accessorized her Sophia Kokosalaki cocktail dress with vintage Jean Schlumberger designed Tiffany & Co. bracelets. Ricci brought her own creative team to her shoot, as she's featured in the company's global relations campaign for the vintage-inspired line.
Vintage clothing maven Cameron Silver, who collaborated on the line, flew in for the event along with Samsonite creative director Quentin Mackay. Marissa Tomei and Gina Gershon also stopped by to ogle the goods and talk to Mackay. "I like having designer friends. I say I like something, and they design it and give it to me. But if someone asked me to design luggage, I think I would really enjoy it," said Gershon, who is a busy bee. She is working on a CD and just finished a teen novel with her brother and has even dabbled in accessories design before. She designed a case for her favorite instrument — the Jew's harp. "It didn't really come out right," she said. "The proportions were all wrong. I'm still on the quest for the perfect Jew's harp case."
NESTING: Fashion and art met at the Nest Foundation benefit and silent auction last Wednesday night as Cynthia Rowley, Zac Posen, Sari Gueron, Richard Chai, Benjamin Cho and Charlotte Ronson crowded into Chelsea's Emergency Arts gallery. Susan Sarandon hosted the event for the nascent foundation — which is raising money for a residential facility in Austin, Tex., to house children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Among the artists (many of whom were in attendance) who donated works to the event were Dash Snow, Adam McEwen, Rita Ackerman, Jeff Koons, Nan Goldin, Will Cotton and Matthew Barney, along with fashion snappers Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Mario Sorrenti, Sante D'Orazio, Craig McDean and Terry Richardson — who himself won big bidding on a work by Nate Lowman. Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump, Amanda Hearst, Eleanor Ylvisaker and Arden Wohl toasted co-chair Stella Schnabel's 24th birthday and her brother Vito got himself a Dan Colen piece as a present.CORAL CONSERVATION: SeaWeb, an organization dedicated to promoting ocean conservation, brought the issue of the depletion of the world's coral reefs to the attention of retailers such as Fortunoff, Barneys New York, Mikimoto and Buccellati during a breakfast last Thursday at Tiffany & Co. "Coral is so popular in jewelry, fashion and home decor," said Patty Debenham, director of coral programs at SeaWeb. "We can work with the leaders in the jewelry and fashion industries so that they can create products that conserve the oceans."
Debenham said 11 percent of the world's coral reefs has been lost and another 30 percent will disappear in the next 30 years if coral consumption doesn't decrease. "For some companies, coral isn't a huge percentage of their sales," Debenham said, adding that products representative of coral can be made using silver or crystal. "Maybe Mikimoto could create a piece that has a pearl and also represents coral," she said, adding, "pearls need healthy oceans to grow."
Tiffany stopped using coral five years ago. Its foundation has given SeaWeb a grant to spread its message.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion