Fashion Scoops: On the Mend … Gucci Coup … Full Gallop …
ON THE MEND:Lloyd Klein has rescheduled the presentation of his fall collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles on March 29. The designer, who was injured along with several staff members in a Feb. 7...
ON THE MEND:Lloyd Klein has rescheduled the presentation of his fall collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles on March 29. The designer, who was injured along with several staff members in a Feb. 7 car crash in Paris just before his collection was to be shown in New York, has recuperated significantly and will be able to present the line in L.A., said John Arguelles, president of Groupe Klein Vendome. (Although Klein designs in Paris, the company is based in Los Angeles.)
“He’s got one more surgery, and then he is expected to have a full recovery,” Arguelles said. “His doctors have given him permission to fly and to leave Paris.”
Although Arguelles said he could not provide details of the accident, he said Klein’s injuries were the most severe and the other four injured employees had recovered. Mercedes-Benz will sponsor Klein’s L.A. show, which will open the city’s fashion week, he said.
GUCCI COUP: What was Diane von Furstenberg doing sandwiched between François-Henri Pinault and Serge Weinberg at Alexander McQueen’s show Friday night? “You’ll see, when they announce that I’m taking over Gucci,” she joked, stressing it was “just by accident” she ended up between the two men, who would soon bid Gucci Group creative director Tom Ford a final farewell. In fact, Von Furstenberg is in town overseeing two major projects: the final touches on her Rue de Seine apartment and her forthcoming Paris boutique, slated to open in May.
Elsewhere at McQueen’s show, Grace Jones was told her music has been the soundtrack for many a collection in Europe this season. “It’s great that fashion loves my music,” the towering chanteuse roared from her front-row perch, “because I’m finishing a new album.” Though she declined to divulge a release date, Jones said it would “be something futuristic, timeless and mixed with ancient sounds. It’s the future, the past and the present — all in one.”FULL GALLOP: Neiman Marcus executives were out in force at the Hermès show Saturday and for good reason: They’re revved up about Jean Paul Gaultier’s arrival as designer of women’s ready-to-wear. The plan is to add five new Hermés shop locations in the U.S. over the next three years. “We’re very excited about it,” said Karen Katz, president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus Stores. “We’re one of their exclusive partners.” Neiman’s already has one Hermès shop in Troy, Mich. The new locations are slated for Short Hills, N.J., White Plains, N.Y., Boca Raton, Fla., San Antonio, Tex., and Washington, D.C.
UNDER THE RADAR: Look who’s lurking in Paris again during fashion week: Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the design team behind Proenza Schouler. But the boys kept a low profile this season, not attending any fashion shows or parties to stem conspiracy theories and to concentrate on the real reason for their visit: expanding their distribution in Europe. “It’s a little awkward when a designer attends another designer’s show,” McCollough reasoned. So instead, the duo is getting down to business. Sales of their fall collection started Monday, and the aim is to add about a dozen more Continental doors. Zac Posen has also been spotted in town and is said to have international growth in mind.
JUST FOR KICKS: Fashion isn’t Francois-Henri Pinault’s only game. On Saturday, he watched the Rennes soccer team, owned by his and his father’s Artemis holding company, which controls PPR and Gucci, lose to its Brittany rival, Nantes. The score was three goals to nil. “It’s worse than seeing a bad fashion show,” quipped Pinault before the Stella McCartney show.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)