Fashion Scoops: Old Lang Sign … Why Not? … High Stakes …
OLD LANG SIGN: The fashion pack moved on from Milan to the first Paris season in years without a Helmut Lang collection. A Prada Group spokesman confirmed Monday that it will not show the press the fall line this week, instead taking...
OLD LANG SIGN: The fashion pack moved on from Milan to the first Paris season in years without a Helmut Lang collection. A Prada Group spokesman confirmed Monday that it will not show the press the fall line this week, instead taking appointments in its satellite press offices. The collection was developed by Helmut Lang’s creative team in the wake of his exit in January from his signature fashion house. Meanwhile, sources said Lang is already gearing up for his next career move. He is said to have opened an office in SoHo under the banner “HL-art” to evaluate potential projects.
WHY NOT?: He’ll always have Paris, but Yohji Yamamoto is also in a Manhattan state of mind. WWD has learned that the Japanese designer, who showed his signature collection in Paris Monday night, plans to bring the Y-3 collection, his collaboration with Adidas, to New York fashion week in September.
HIGH STAKES: Coty Beauty has the making of a great soccer team. It already recruited David Beckham for a fragrance license. And now, speculation has it that Zinedine Zidane is next to ink a deal. According to industry buzz, the French football deity (who plays with Beckham for Real Madrid) will be the face for the Adidas Men skin care line, also licensed to Coty.
RED OR DEAD: Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, who channeled actress Tilda Swinton for their collection two years ago, have a new fashion muse this season: Tori Amos. The singer is expected to walk the Viktor & Rolf runway on Wednesday — while listening to her own voice on the soundtrack, of course.
D&G’s NEW DIGS: Dolce & Gabbana has reportedly snatched up another piece of prime Milan real estate. The designers are said to be renovating an old movie house in Viale Piave, just doors down from the Sheraton Diana Majestic Hotel. The company declined to comment on project specifics, but one source said the cinema would be converted into a new runway space. Meanwhile, a local newspaper said a store and company offices were also in the works.STAR SEARCH: After a grim celebrity tally in Milan, Paris is looking more promising. Among stars said to be headed for the shows this week — perhaps in time for Christian Dior today — are Julianne Moore, Gwen Stefani, Diana Ross and Asia Argento.
HEADING OUT?: A year and a half into his position as chief executive officer at Sergio Rossi, it appears that Claudio Paulich will be leaving the company soon. Paulich declined to comment, but sources in Milan say that the executive will stay on for the opening of the new brand store in Japan in March, but is set to leave after that. His exit could perhaps be connected to speculation here that an American fund is looking to buy the footwear luxury goods company from Gucci Group.
CHELSEA BOARDS THE TRAIN: Turns out trade shows aren’t just for editors and retailers. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton dropped by The Train fashion trade show in New York on Saturday to check out the work of featured artist Corno. A spokesman from The Train said Clinton and Corno apparently “share a mutual friend.” After perusing Corno’s art in the lobby, Clinton took a stroll through The Train exhibits to check out the 60-plus vendors on hand during the three-day show that kicked off the day of Clinton’s arrival.
SWEET THING: So why did Riley Keough sign on to be the face of Dior’s newest fragrance? “I love the idea of being a perfume girl,” explained the 15-year-old granddaughter of Elvis Presley at an intimate party last Thursday night inside the gold-washed room at, where else, the Soho House, hosted by Dior for its celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff. Clad in Dior, Keough said she’s especially keen on the “sweet” scent of the latest Miss Dior fragrance; its name will be announced next month. In the meantime, her fave beauty product? The lichi-rose Dior Kiss gloss.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.