Fashion Scoops: Phi for All … Swatch Deal … Perhaps It’s in the Jeans …
PHI FOR ALL: Having opened the company’s first freestanding shop quietly in September, Susan Dell had time to work out any bugs before officially launching the store on Tuesday night. That turned out to be a family effort, as in...
PHI FOR ALL: Having opened the company’s first freestanding shop quietly in September, Susan Dell had time to work out any bugs before officially launching the store on Tuesday night. That turned out to be a family effort, as in addition to creative director Andreas Melbostad and Julia Hansen, president of Phi, Dell was joined by her husband, Michael Dell.
One other unexpected fashion family was represented with the appearance of Kate McCollough, who is the sister of designer Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler. And like her big brother, the 20-year-old Kate has her sights set on becoming a fashion designer.
SWATCH DEAL: Talk about synergy. On Wednesday, Swatch unveiled its latest coup: the Paparazzi watch it created in collaboration with MSN Direct, the division of Microsoft Corp.
The digital watch can pretty much do everything short of chicken soup. It offers the wearer a link to MSN Direct for updated international and business news, sports news and weather forecasts, television schedules, entertainment news and even lottery results. Owners will even get the inside scoop on city happenings, courtesy of Time Out magazine.
The turnout at the launch breakfast at the Supper Club could well have been the first happening to be reported on the watch face. It attracted Bill Gates, Mischa Barton and Dennis Leary, who joined Swatch Group chief executive officer Nick Hayek Jr. to thundering photography flashlights — especially when Hayek asked Gates to put on black sunglasses and then proclaimed, “I would say the Blues Brothers are nothing against us.”
The watch is slightly bigger than a typical Swatch watch and has five buttons for wearers to work through the different functions. It will retail for $150 at Swatch’s 40 stores nationwide, as well as on swatch.com.
“I have to confess that this is probably the best experience I have had with paparazzi for a long time,” quipped Barton.
PERHAPS IT’S IN THE JEANS?: When the winners of Gap’s recent “How Do You Wear It?” contest were filmed on Wednesday morning for an upcoming segment on the new “Life & Style” show, the company didn’t consider that the customers voted most stylish on its Web poll might actually have a career beyond modeling. Cynthia Garrett, one of the hosts, was so smitten with a five-year-old girl from New Jersey named Mya that she wondered if she would do the red-carpet commentary for Life & Style’s upcoming Golden Globes coverage. (She was kidding.) Gap senior publicist Sean Krebs also used the opportunity to feature a launch from Gap, clothes for pets, which will hit stores next week, including a striped doggy sweater modeled on his miniature pinscher, Ascot Del Nin.TRUE BLUE: In what might be categorized as the least likely election-motivated event to be duplicated, the Blue Dress Walk to Impeach George Bush will wind its way down Fifth Avenue Saturday afternoon. Participants are asked to don a blue dress, a cheeky reminder of Monica Lewinsky’s navy Gap number — a key piece of evidence in Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings.
As of Wednesday, between 300 and 500 people were expected to show up Saturday at 2 p.m. outside FAO Schwarz to hoof it down to Madison Square Park, according to organizer Gary Weingarten. A bar owner by trade, Weingarten said he came up with the idea after hearing a newscast about how the infant of a U.S. soldier who was exposed to depleted uranium in Iraq may have suffered deformities.
“That was the last straw. I thought someone has to impeach George Bush,” he said.
The blue dress requisite should pack more of a punch visually, Weingarten said. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been invited to tag along with the Blue Walkers. No word back if she’ll show.
GRANDSTANDING: Rosario Dawson and former club-kid Genny helped rally other late-night revelers for an after-party at the Soho Grand following the Lower East Side Girls’ Club annual bash Monday night. Paz de la Huerta, Heatherette’s Ritchie Rich and Traver Rains, Charlotte and Samantha Ronson, Kate Pierson and Paul Cavaco showed up for Sofia champagne and disco dancing.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye