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.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)