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.
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)