Fashion Scoops: Peace on Earth … Mercy Beacoup … Tea Time …
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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews