Fashion Scoops: On the Ellen Tracy Trail … Lean Cuisine … Untimely Lang
ON THE ELLEN TRACY TRAIL: Rumblings that Ellen Tracy might be close to getting sold are getting louder. The company was almost sold six years ago to Bain & Co., with Financo brokering the deal, but owner Herb Gallen nixed the transaction late in the...
ON THE ELLEN TRACY TRAIL: Rumblings that Ellen Tracy might be close to getting sold are getting louder. The company was almost sold six years ago to Bain & Co., with Financo brokering the deal, but owner Herb Gallen nixed the transaction late in the game. Bain is not interested in Ellen Tracy this time around, a source close to the company said. Gallen is married to design director Linda Allard. Liz Claiborne, said to be a strong contender, remained silent. "We don’t comment on rumors," a Claiborne spokeswoman said last week. Ellen Tracy officials declined comment. It could not be learned whether Financo is a player. Financo chairman Gilbert Harrison was unavailable for comment last week. Word is that neither Tommy Hilfiger, Retail Brand Alliance, Dickson Poon nor Bain & Co. are vying for the brand. The talk has some retailers worried about the future of the brand under new ownership. "It won’t be the same — no matter who gets it," said one store executive.
LEAN CUISINE: No kidding. It looks like a Karl Lagerfeld restaurant could be the next episode in the designer’s adventures in weight loss. Lagerfeld, whose low-fat diet helped him shave — and keep off — 90 pounds, says he’s keen to open an eatery in Paris, provided he can secure the right location. The reason, he admits, is partly selfish. "Then I can go out for lunch and have exactly the kind of food I want," Lagerfeld said. "Not that I’m mad for owning a restaurant — but it’s convenient." Meanwhile, Jean-Claude Houdret, the physician and nutritionist who co-authored Lagerfeld’s "3D" diet book due out this fall, is also dishing out advice on how to eat well and stay slim. According to Lagerfeld, Houdret recently opened a spa near Mont Saint-Michel, where he teaches people how to prepare the kinds of meals outlined in the book.
UNTIMELY LANG: The New York Times, which opted not to cover the spring 2003 men’s wear collections in Milan last week, is getting a cool reception in Paris. Helmut Lang, who showed Sunday, did not extend an invitation to critic Cathy Horyn, in town to cover men’s fashion week for the paper. A Lang spokesman confirmed Horyn was not invited but declined to elaborate. Sources indicated, however, the designer is simply fed up with her bitchy writing. Last February, reviewing Lang’s fall women’s wear collection, Horyn described his clothes as heavy, overthought and gimmicky. Horyn declined all comment Sunday.Meanwhile, it’s looking increasingly likely that Lang will return to Paris in October to show his next women’s collection. No word yet if the Times will make his invitation list.
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