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.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion