Fashion Scoops: Pearl Two … Bravo Meet Banana … Stage Lights …
PEARL TWO: Karl Lagerfeld does fashion collaborations like most people breathe. Hot on the heels of his H&M gig, the designer has teamed up with Robert Wan to launch a line of fine jewelry for his Lagerfeld Gallery brand. Showcasing...
PEARL TWO: Karl Lagerfeld does fashion collaborations like most people breathe. Hot on the heels of his H&M gig, the designer has teamed up with Robert Wan to launch a line of fine jewelry for his Lagerfeld Gallery brand. Showcasing Wan’s expertise with black Tahiti pearls to full effect, the collection spans necklaces, a ring, a bracelet and two styles of earrings — some with inset diamonds.
BRAVO MEET BANANA: Add one more perk to the bounty list for the winner of Bravo’s “Project Runway”: a mentorship at Banana Republic’s design team. The retailer has signed on as a sponsor of the new reality show, which premieres in late November with supermodel Heidi Klum as host. Other sponsors include L’Oréal and Cotton Incorporated. It is Banana Republic’s first TV marketing effort. During the 10-episode run, 12 aspiring designers will be winnowed down to three hopefuls who will each debut a collection during February’s New York Fashion Week. Rather than tucking traditional commercials into the broadcasts, Banana will offer trend-spotting tips and fashion advice scattered throughout each show in short promotional segments. Contestants also will have free reign of the Banana Republic Accessories Bar while styling their designs. “‘Project Runway’ brings a heightened sensibility about fashion design to a wide audience, making it a perfect fit for the direction of our brand,” said Jack Calhoun, the brand’s executive vice president of marketing. Deborah Lloyd, executive vice president of design, who will serve as a guest judge in one of the episodes, added, “We look for individuals who are passionate and who know how to use clothing to emotionally connect.”
STAGE LIGHTS: Hedi Slimane, who has contemporary artists create fitting rooms for his Dior Homme stores, just can’t keep himself away from that world. This fall, the designer will share the ultrahip Paris art gallery Almine Rech with two large-scale works by James Turrell. For his part, Slimane plans to show images from his new photo book, “Stage,” in slide and wallpaper formats. The show bows Sept. 11.MOURET IN L.A.: To mark its expanding distribution in Los Angeles — and begin making inroads into Hollywood — London’s Roland Mouret sent out managing director Sharai Meyers and sales director Lorraine Abela last week for the house’s first official visit. The pair hosted a parade of stylists, editors and significant others (including burlesque queen Dita Von Teese, who performed at a Mouret event in London last January) at their Chateau Marmont suite. Well, not until after they waited for the room upon check-in: Evidently an all-night party by the previous tenants left damage that included a broken window. “That was our very first L.A. moment!” enthused Meyers, the slender Scot who also serves as Mouret’s muse. She and Abela presented the fall collection, along with a colorful resort group, hitting such L.A. stores as Satine, Tracey Ross and Neiman Marcus. New is Mouret’s first swimsuit, a retro-flavored bikini in a custom print good to go for poolside cocktails in heels. With stars such as Naomi Watts already turning out in the label and two seasons at New York Fashion Week, the fledgling company — which this year will have sales approaching $2 million — realizes the U.S. plays a key role in its growth, according to Meyers. To wit, that “very American thing known as the trunk show” is in the plans for L.A., she says, and “Roland will definitely be out for it. They’ll love him here.”
@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)