Fashion Scoops: Oprah’s Valentino Fix … Open Season … Comeback Kid …
OPRAH’S VALENTINO FIX: Can Oprah Winfrey do for couture what she did for books? The talk-show queen, who attended her first Valentino couture show in July, is filming an episode with the designer about his couture and ready-to-wear...
OPRAH’S VALENTINO FIX: Can Oprah Winfrey do for couture what she did for books? The talk-show queen, who attended her first Valentino couture show in July, is filming an episode with the designer about his couture and ready-to-wear empire. While attending Valentino’s show in Paris earlier this summer, Winfrey told WWD that “couture is what keeps fashion alive,” although her pronouncement came just as designers were bailing left and right from the couture calendar. Now she’s looking to expose the designer to her weekly audience of an estimated 21 million. A spokeswoman for Winfrey’s production company said, “We are going to be doing a show with Valentino, but we haven’t set a date yet.” A Valentino spokeswoman declined to comment on the plans, but Oprah’s Couture Club sure has a nice ring to it. At least she can afford it.
OPEN SEASON: The large contingent of Russian female tennis players at the U.S. Open this year is being celebrated by at least one compatriot: Ukraine-born ice skater Oksana Baiul. “I love watching all the Russian players,” Baiul said at a party Monday night at Arthur Ashe stadium that was sponsored by the USA Network. “They are so tall and beautiful.” Baiul, who has her own fashion line for ice skaters, also said she planned to take in a few fashion shows next week, including Luca Luca and Heatherette. Hosted by John McEnroe, Tracy Austin and Jim Courier, the USA party drew celebs and starlets not necessarily known for their athletic prowess. Actor Anthony Michael Hall said he doesn’t play tennis but is a big fan of Serena and Venus Williams, while actress Sonia Braga, best known for her role as Samantha’s lesbian lover on “Sex and the City,” said she recently started playing and is now becoming more serious about her game. Among other partygoers were Star Jones of “The View,” model Maggie Rizer and actress Sylvia Miles, who mingled briefly before heading off to watch the night matches.COMEBACK KID: Kenzo Takada, who “retired” four years ago from the now LVMH-owned Kenzo house he founded, is readying a boutique in Paris. The 65-year-old designer said it should open early next year in the former Kugel antiques gallery on the tony Rue Saint-Honoré. It will be called Gokan Kobo, which loosely translates from Japanese as “studio of the five senses.” “The idea is to be very exclusive,” said Takada, noting that the three-level, 6,000-square-foot store will stock women’s and men’s ready-to-wear as well as linens and home decor items. Takada launched his Gokan Kobo label earlier this year with a line of silk scarves and ties under license with Italy’s Ratti.
O PIONEER: Maverick designer Rei Kawakubo is taking fashion retailing to yet another unforeseen frontier: under a bridge. For a forthcoming Comme des Garçons “guerrilla” store in Warsaw, the designer has signed a lease for one of the structure’s support columns — accessible from land, mind you, before the bridge spans the Wisla River. The unusual space was previously occupied by a publishing company and has tools embedded in the concrete walls as one design feature. The rent? Around $600 a month. Guerrilla stores exist for one year in emerging neighborhoods with local partners selling a mix of Kawakubo’s lines. The Warsaw unit is slated to open Sept. 24, headed by a Polish professor of demography. Other guerrilla locations bowing this month include Ljubljana, Slovenia; Stockholm, and Helsinki, Finland, the latter located in an old pharmacy — with all its nifty Fifties wooden cabinetry intact.
GET SPORTY: The Olympic Games may be over, but for the London-based design duo Eley Kishimoto, the sporting life has only just begun. Next month, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto will unveil their first capsule collection in collaboration with the Italian activewear label Ellesse. The collection, Eley Kishimoto Ellesse, is the first in a three-season deal and features tennis-inspired separates. The clothing will have its own runway show, on schedule, during London Fashion Week.
DIEGO FOR PRESIDENT?: It’s a well-known fact that Tod’s chief Diego Della Valle is setting his sights beyond loafers and handbags. The executive owns a soccer team and has invested in both a publishing house and a bank. But could politics be his next aspiration? Della Valle and his close buddy, Ferrari chief and Fiat chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who also heads Italy’s powerful business association, Confindustria, met up with Tony Blair for lunch last month during the British prime minister’s Tuscan vacation. Tod’s press office is mum on the details, and the encounter produced next to no press coverage. Maybe it’s because journalists here are still busy giggling about Blair’s recent Sardinian visit with a bandanna-bearing Silvio Berlusconi. The incident prompted speculation that the Italian leader is getting hair plugs.
@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
@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)