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.
“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)