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PEACE ON EARTH: He’s a designer, photographer, publisher and diet guru. And now Karl Lagerfeld, fashion’s ultimate multitasker, can add diplomat to his résumé. On Thursday, he called a time-out in Europe’s luxury wars,...
PEACE ON EARTH: He’s a designer, photographer, publisher and diet guru. And now Karl Lagerfeld, fashion’s ultimate multitasker, can add diplomat to his résumé. On Thursday, he called a time-out in Europe’s luxury wars, inviting Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton fashion honcho Yves Carcelle to Chanel’s Rue Cambon couture studios for a mini showing of pre-fall ready-to-wear. The presentation was intended to show off the savoir faire of the specialty ateliers Chanel now owns, among them the embroidery house Lesage and haute shoemaker Massaro. "They might be our competitors, but they’re our clients, too," Lagerfeld said of LVMH and Hermès, which use the various Chanel-owned ateliers to make products. "Very different," Carcelle offered, as a review of Lagerfeld’s collection before greeting Dumas and assorted Chanel executives. "It’s great that our industry can have such camaraderie."
Meanwhile, Lagerfeld also called a cease fire in the war against smoking. As guests arrived at the show, they were presented with white cigarette packs with Chanel’s famous double-C emblem embossed on the front. Inside were dark chocolate sticks by pastry master Pierre Herme. "I’ve never smoked, but I like the attitude of smoking," Lagerfeld explained. "We can’t always be so politically correct, non?"
MERCY BEAUCOUP: Neil LaBute didn’t have to go to a costume designer to wardrobe his new play, "The Mercy Seat." He instead turned to Donna Karan, who opened her DKNY and Donna Karan New York stores on Madison Avenue to actors Sigourney Weaver and Liev Schreiber and let them pick out what they needed for the show. What’s more, she’s hosting the opening-night party at the collection flagship on Dec. 18 and expects a crowd including Steven Soderbergh, Kristin Davis, Parker Posey, Paul Rudd and Molly Price.
TEA TIME: Talk about a project suiting a designer to a T, or make that tea. British luxury firm Waterford Wedgwood has tapped penultimate British designer Vivienne Westwood to design a tea set for an upcoming collection. It will be unveiled next month in Paris at the Maison & Objet home fair. Where’s the Mad Hatter?
CHRISTMAS 90210: Rodeo Drive is getting into the season’s spirit with Rodeo W-rap. A breakfast, to be served this Saturday all along Via Rodeo, a cobblestone footpath off the fabled thoroughfare, starts at 9 a.m., followed by live modeling at Badgley Mischka, and other designer shop doings. The festivities will also include a freestyle group rapping about how great Rodeo is ("All I want for Christmas is some Gucci for my momma," and "Yo — on the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Jaguar S-Type with jet black leather seats. So now I’m chic, like Lalique with the ornaments driving down Rodeo sporting Ralph Lauren threads"). There will also be a Jaguar Santa sleigh and a CD with the song will be in the goody bag.
PANTY PARTIES: It seems that store parties are getting racier and racier. Last week, Agent Provocateur threw a fete in honor of its store opening requesting "Sexual, Napoleonic, or La Belle Epoque-style" dress. On Tuesday night, Boudoir, the boutique on Mulberry Street, hosted a "panty party" benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The event, hosted by underwear company Lilo, featured revelers in just their birthday suits along with DJ Girlina of Spa and significantly enhanced Heatherette muse Amanda Lepore — in a red garter belt and fishnets no less.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)