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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews