Fashion Scoops: Old Friends … War Tales … Decorating 101
OLD FRIENDS: What were Stephen Ruzow, president of the women’s division of Kellwood, and Allen B. Schwartz of ABS by Allen Schwartz doing wandering around the fashion floors of Barneys New York on Monday? Of course, they both used to work under...
OLD FRIENDS: What were Stephen Ruzow, president of the women’s division of Kellwood, and Allen B. Schwartz of ABS by Allen Schwartz doing wandering around the fashion floors of Barneys New York on Monday? Of course, they both used to work under Linda Wachner at Warnaco, so perhaps they were just exchanging fond memories of the Wachner years.
WAR TALES: Hot on the heels of Ralph Lauren’s unauthorized biography comes one devoted to French luxury titan Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Dramatically titled "Angel Exterminator: The Real Life of Bernard Arnault," it just arrived in French bookstores and has some in the European financial community chattering.
Written by French journalist Airy Routier, who writes for the left-leaning newsweekly Le Nouvel Observateur, the 425-page book delves into Arnault’s personal war with François Pinault, who foiled LVMH’s attempt to gain control of Gucci. But so far, the book seems unlikely to unseat Karl Lagerfeld’s diet book as a bestseller — it’s received scant attention in the French media and insiders in the LVMH camp dismiss its contents and question the author’s independence.
DECORATING 101: When it comes to accessories, more is more. That’s the perspective of Paris’s museum of fashion and textiles, which is devoting its next exhibition to jewelry and decoration in fashion. Titled "Trop," the French word for "too much," it will feature the private costume jewelry collection of Barbara Berger — which spans the Twenties through the Sixties — along with decorative fashions from the museum’s collection, from Vionnet to John Galliano. Swarovski is sponsoring the exhibit, which runs through the end of August.
THE EYES HAVE IT: They’ve taken inspiration from the Hilton sisters, Liza Minnelli and trailer trash, but now Heatherette designers Richie Rich and Traver Raines are aiming at a slightly higher class, basing their fall collection, to be shown Feb. 7, on the 1978 cult classic "The Eyes of Laura Mars." It was not lost on the designers that the Faye Dunaway screamer happens to be a favorite of establishment designer Michael Kors, who screened the film at his 20th anniversary party. "We’re going there, yes," Rich said. "But it’s Laura Mars in a blender."
SLAM DUNK: Saks Fifth Avenue better be sure it has plenty of big and tall sizes lying around. This All-Star Game weekend, NBA players are getting a taste of the Hollywood perk machine because the retailer is setting up a 1,200-square-foot shopping suite with a selection of its best merchandise at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, where NBA’s All-Star Game players will stay. "So many people do this for awards shows, we thought it would be interesting to do this with athletes," said a Saks spokesman. "They’re an untapped market for freebies."
From Friday through Sunday, there’ll be gifts for players and celebrities, complimentary makeovers and special shopping opportunities from such brands as Birger Christensen, Chris Aire watches, Penhaligon’s, Ninni Collection Fine Jewelry, Nars cosmetics and Safilo Group. Among those invited to the suite are Ben Affleck, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, Usher, Nelly, Edward Norton, Freddie Prinze Jr., David Schwimmer and Chris Tucker.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty