Fashion Scoops: Out with the Not-So-Old … Friendly Visit … Waiting Game …
OUT WITH THE NOT-SO-OLD: Karl Lagerfeld is cleaning house again — this time in Biarritz and Monaco — and serious furniture collectors are already buzzing. The designer has turned to Sotheby’s to sell 240 pieces of 20th-century items...
OUT WITH THE NOT-SO-OLD: Karl Lagerfeld is cleaning house again — this time in Biarritz and Monaco — and serious furniture collectors are already buzzing. The designer has turned to Sotheby’s to sell 240 pieces of 20th-century items in Paris on May 15. The auction, estimated to bring between $3 million and $4 million, boasts all the big names of French modernism including Jean-Michel Frank, Eileen Gray, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Pierre Legrain and Alberto Giacometti. But Frank is definitely first among equals in the collection. Some 50 pieces — tables, lamps and even a chimney item by the designer — represent one of the biggest single collections to hit the market. Lagerfeld’s last clearinghouse, a series of sales with Christie’s in 2000 to empty his Paris mansion of its 18th-century contents, netted $28.5 million.
Meanwhile, the multitasking designer has mounted an exhibition about himself that bowed Wednesday at The Bon Marché department store. The eclectic display offers Lagerfeld’s take on everything from photography to philosophy to fashion via video monologues. There’s even a souvenir on offer: a CD featuring a selection of Lagerfeld’s favorite songs compiled by Michel Gaubert.
FRIENDLY VISIT: Patrizio Bertelli may have sold his 25.5 percent stake in Fendi to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in 2001, but he certainly hasn’t lost interest in the Roman fashion and accessories house. Minutes before the Miu Miu show in Milan this week, the Prada chief executive paid a surprise visit to the Fendi showrooms, where the new Fendi Selleria line was bowing. Was he checking out the competition? "He came to say hello and that was very nice of him, but that’s all — he still has a great relationship with them," said a Fendi spokeswoman, "them" being Carla Fendi and Silvia Venturini Fendi.
WAITING GAME: Rick Owens showed his signature collection in Paris for the first time on Wednesday, and Georges Wichner, the new president of Revillon, was spotted at the show. As reported, Revillon is expected to tap Owens to help rejuvenate the fur house, and help it expand into accessories. But perhaps Owens didn’t want to steal any thunder from his European debut. Word has it, the official announcement won’t happen until later in the Paris week.
THE BLOOM ROOM: Lesly Zamor, whose floral design shop Bloom Flowers has become a Chelsea fixture over the past decade, is closing the Bloom Ballroom event space next door at 48 West 21st Street, a victim of New York’s down market for any sort of hoopla. But he’s coming back with a new concept, partnering with restaurateur Lesly Bernard, to open a new Indian fusion restaurant in the space called Taj.
The Leslys — both are natives of Haiti — have been friends for 15 years, but never entered a business venture together before they came up with Taj, which opens on March 24. Bernard most recently designed Clementine and NYC, and was formerly partners with Keith McNally at Pravda, but was turned on by the Indian concept after Zamor began to explore its influences in his floral displays. Jonathan Lindenauer collaborated on the menu.
"We’re going to design the restaurant with accents of color and Indian design," Bernard said. "It’s not going to be a kitschy idea of Indian cuisine."
@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)