NOUVEAU RICCI: Talk about a hot ticket. Word has it in Europe that Olivier Theyskens intends to show his first designs for Nina Ricci in New York, not Paris, come January. The designer, who officially started at the Paris house last week, is said to be zeroing in on a date to show the pre-fall collection at Ricci's Chelsea showrooms with the invitation list limited to some 50 guests.
GO PATRICK: So much for Target going international. After tapping New York designers Behnaz Sarafpour and Proenza Schouler to design limited-edition collections for its Go International initiative, the mass retailer is said to have signed Paco Rabanne's Patrick Robinson for its next limited-edition Go line. Robinson's capsule collection for the mass retailer is unlikely to hit stores before spring. The designer couldn't be reached on Wednesday, and a Target spokesman declined comment on "any future Go designers." But here's a word of advice: If the trend to select American designers continues, Target execs may want to think about renaming the program Go National.
RICKY'S NIGHT: In fashion circles, Ricky Lauren is perhaps best known for quietly sitting in the front row of her husband Ralph's runway shows, and elegantly leaping to her feet to give him a warm hug and kiss at the finale. But on Tuesday night, the spotlight was on her at a party for her new book, "Ricky Lauren, Cuisine, Lifestyle, and Legend of the Double RL Ranch." Guests crowded the main floor of the Ralph Lauren flagship in the Rhinelander mansion to get a glimpse of the author and have their books signed. "I am just visiting," said Ralph Lauren with a smile. Joining him in the crowd were Diane Keaton, Bruce Weber, Ron Perelman (clearly on a social whirl; see item below), Charlie Rose and Damon Dash and Rachel Roy. Inquiring minds wanted to know just how Ricky was planning to entertain for Thanksgiving this year. "We didn't make any plans for the holidays yet," she conceded, "but it's definitely going to be with the family. It is the best way to create new memories."ROARING STONE: It takes a uniquely brave sort to put Harvey Weinstein in his place, and Sharon Stone did just that Tuesday night. The actress called an auction at 55 Wall Street to benefit her pet charity amfAR, attended by the likes of Sting, Trudie Styler, Margherita Missoni, Kimora Lee Simmons and Roberto Cavalli. When a private screening for 70 of the upcoming flick "Bobby" came on the block, the producer stood on stage to help grease the wheels. It worked, and as soon as bidding reached $400,000, Weinstein ordered Stone to call it sold. "Stay out of it," she barked back and continued to pump Ron Perelman and two other bidders for a combined $500,000. "I've seen her sell a fur for $80,000 to a woman who doesn't wear fur," remarked Michael Kors of Stone's auctioning abilities. Sadly, the movie star wasn't able to work her same magic for the lot involving participation in an episode of "Project Runway" and a $50,000 Michael Kors shopping spree, which the designer generously offered at the last minute. It went for $35,000. "Someone's got to mug him on the way out and steal the gift certificate," Kors joked.
LIV IT UP:Liv Tyler may be wrapped up in motherhood, but she's still got time for fashion as the latest guest designer for U.S. cashmere brand Lutz & Patmos. Tyler has designed a limited-edition cape cardigan available in black, coral or cream and priced at $535. Past collaborators for the brand have included Sofia Coppola, Carine Roitfeld and Christy Turlington.
MOURET MOB SCENE: The reaction to Tuesday's launch of Roland Mouret's collection for Gap proved Brits haven't lost their appetite for designers at a discount. Customers lined up outside Gap stores in the U.K. long before opening time. When finally inside, some took all 10 dresses in the collection, priced between $85 and $148, into the fitting rooms at once. "All the dresses were really popular, with the red dresses selling out very quickly," said a spokeswoman for Gap. She added that while all the stores were busy, the brand's Oxford Street flagship proved particularly so. The collection, part of the Gap (Red) line, hadn't sold out completely as of Wednesday, but the spokeswoman advised customers to "get to stores as soon as possible." Or they could always wait until there's a repeat performance in New York, where Mouret's collection is set to launch at a selection of Gap stores between late November and early December.PARTY PEOPLE:Phoebe Cates-Kline, actress and owner of Blue Tree, a clothier on the Upper East Side, relishes in finding vendors in odd places, but she met Lisa Salzer, designer of jewelry line Lulu Frost, in a rather mundane way. "Lisa's sister is my kids' orthodontist," said Cates-Kline, who attended the designers' two-year anniversary party at Tenjune in Manhattan on Tuesday night along with husband Kevin Kline. "Her things sell really well in our store." Frost, known for incorporating antique fobs in its jewelry, came to fame last year when the company launched a jewelry collection using antique door numbers from the Plaza Hotel, now closed and undergoing transformation.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)