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.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.