PLATINUM GIFTS: At a Badgley Mischka Platinum Sportswear launch party at Saks Fifth Avenue last week, the models did their jobs showing off spring styles. But even more impressive were the many socialites wearing the latest looks. Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Gillian Hearst-Shaw, Tinsley Mortimer, Jennifer Creel, Muffie PotterAston and the rest of the gang were rewarded for their informal modeling. The designers are letting each of them select whatever strikes her fancy from the new collection as a freebie. Cuomo was among the attendees who took advantage of Saks' extended store hours, pausing to check out the ballet flats en route to the party.
GET KNOTTED: Jean-Paul Knott is the latest designer to have been tapped by revived Italian house Cerruti, following Nicolas Andreas Taralis' appointment as the house's creative director in August. Knott, formerly at Louis Féraud, will head up the brand's men's and women's diffusion line, 1881, named after the Cerruti family's founding textiles business. "The line will embody elegance, simplicity and refinement in harmony with [Taralis'] vision," said Knott.
DOHERTY TO EXIT BURBERRY: Pat Doherty, Burberry's senior vice president, marketing worldwide, plans to leave her post later this year, according to industry sources. Doherty has been with the company since March 2000 and was a close colleague of Rose Marie Bravo, who stepped down as chief executive last summer. Prior to joining Burberry, Doherty served as vice president, marketing/creative, for Saks Fifth Avenue from 1992 to 2000, and as managing editor of
J. Crew between 1983 and 1992. She began her career at Vogue. A source close to Doherty said she is not leaving to join another company, she's simply ready to move on. Doherty was traveling Wednesday and could not be reached for comment. A Burberry spokeswoman declined comment. Doherty's departure follows that of another longtime Bravo colleague, Stanley Tucker, the brand's senior vice president of men's wear worldwide, who left the company in September.
THE HEIRESS: Rumors are flying — not for the first time — that Inditex founder and chairman Amancio Ortega, 71, is getting ready to hand over the reins to his 23-year-old daughter, Marta Ortega Pérez. She is an economics graduate, an accomplished equestrian and almost as socially shy as her father. A spokesman for the world's second-largest apparel retailer, whose chains include Zara, declined comment except to say: "The information did not come from our office. We don't have anything to say. Logically [as Ortega's daughter], she'll have a role, but so far she isn't involved in the company. As for her coming on board, there's nothing new to report."Amancio Ortega is the richest man in Spain with an estimated net worth of 14 billion euros, or $18.7 billion at current exchange. He's known as a hands-on boss who eschews an office at Inditex headquarters, preferring to sit in an open-plan floor with his executive team.
LEYMARIE ON THE PROWL: "C'est la vie," said Guy Leymarie of Alyce Alston's exit from De Beers. Leymarie, chief executive of De Beers Diamond Jewelers Ltd. — formerly known as De Beers LV — said he soon would begin looking for Alston's replacement. Alston will quit her post as ceo of De Beers North America at the end of the month to join Reader's Digest Association in an executive position. Leymarie said he was "very confident" the current in-house team would hold down the fort in the meantime and push the diamond jeweler's U.S. business forward. "It's going to take awhile, because it's never easy to find the right person," said Leymarie. "But we're already thinking about whom we want, and I'm positive." Leymarie added that Alston had a "tremendous" amount to offer, and that she'd done a "very good job" for him.
JOINING THE PACK: New York-based specialty store Intermix will launch its first Los Angeles location in the city's hotbed of specialty retail, Robertson Boulevard. The retailer will take over a 5,000-square-foot space now occupied by Harari, but has yet to confirm an opening date. The announcement has ruffled the feathers of Kitson owner Fraser Ross, who said, "They broke the balance [between West Coast and East Coast]." Ross seems to have forgotten that influential Robertson boutique Curve set up shop in New York last month and that New York specialty store Dolce Vita arrived on Melrose Place in September."
WEST COAST HONORS: Zac Posen, Parisian jewelry designer and Yves Saint Laurent muse Loulou de la Falaise and Washington Post fashion reporter Robin Givhan, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism, are the honorees at next month's fashion school graduation from San Francisco's Academy of Art University. Each will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters, which Alexander McQueen received last year from the university and with which Vivienne Westwood was honored earlier this month when in town to open her exhibit at the de Young Museum. Posen will attend with his mom and company chief executive officer, Susan.BIDDING FRENZY: San Francisco Junior Leaguers at their annual charity fashion show and auction on Saturday found no shortage of bidders for two tickets to the spring 2008 Ungaro show during Paris Fashion Week in September. The passes were donated by Ungaro owners and San Franciscans Asim and Isha Abdullah, and with a week in a well-appointed Left Bank apartment, went for $15,000 to Gary and Sheila Peace. Since 1926, the JL fashion show has been a rite of spring on Nob Hill, and this year the event at the Fairmont raised more than $500,000 for underprivileged children. Leaguers were the models, outfitted by Macy's for the 19th year. "We're oversold," a celebratory Catherine Hutton, fashion show chair, said at a pre-dinner reception in the penthouse Swig suite. There was still a seat left for Paul Pelosi Jr., son of House Speaker Nancy, who arrived late after stopping by the Gettys' for a Bob Woodruff book signing.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)