Fashion Scoops: Posen’s Contemporary Vision… O.C. Girl… Mix And Match
Zac Posen has been dropping hints about launching a contemporary sportswear line for a while. He first talked about it in January 2005, as reported in WWD. Although there's no line yet, Posen hasn't given up the idea.
POSEN'S CONTEMPORARY VISION: Zac Posen has been dropping hints about launching a contemporary sportswear line for a while. He first talked about it in January 2005, as reported in WWD. Although there's no line yet, Posen hasn't given up the idea. The designer, who appeared Tuesday at a trunk show for his fall 2007 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, said he was hesitant to discuss the contemporary plan, but offered, "We're starting to build it up now for next fall. With [a contemporary line], you can really design for a wider demographic. You can build your top line up, and I feel that I can be even more creative. It's faster turnover. It's like MTV. No, it's like YouTube." Posen president Barry Miguel said of the contemporary line: "It won't be simply a level down from the collection. It will have its own look and identity. L.A. is becoming a bigger market for us, but it's still been slower to grow here, I think because it's so casual and our clothes are more dressy. But we want to reach that contemporary customer, too."
Posen has been busy on the West Coast. On Monday night, he presented his fall collection in Los Angeles for the first time, picking the Chateau Marmont for his show and dinner. The line included 15 looks he didn't show in New York as front-row celebs Demi Moore, Rebecca Gayheart and Rachel Bilson oohed and aahed over the ladylike separates, dresses and gowns.
O.C. GIRL: Gwen Stefani gives plenty of shout-outs to her native Orange County on her new album, and showed even more love for her hometown on Friday, when she came out for a rare in-store appearance at South Coast Plaza's Nordstrom store in Costa Mesa, Calif. Dressed in a L.A.M.B. plaid bubble skirt and striped sweater, the singer greeted more than 100 shoppers for a private fall 2007 L.A.M.B. shopping event. "This was a really difficult collection to design," said Stefani, perched on a sofa in the department store's spa before greeting the crowd. "I was recording my new album at the same time, so I had, like, two days to do it all. My schedule is so crazy, I don't even remember saying I would do this event."Stefani said the fall collection, which features preppy-punk plaid toggle coats, flutter-sleeved hoodies and wide-leg wool trousers, was inspired by "that late-Seventies, early-Eighties Michelle Pfeiffer stuff. And I always put an animal print into the collection. Designing is like baking cookies. You get sick of the [taste] really quickly, but then someone comes along and says, ‘Wow' and you enjoy it all over again."
Stefani's husband, Gavin Rossdale, joined his wife on the couch with the couple's son, Kingston, but rushed off when the baby started fussing, saying brightly, "Well, that was fun." Stefani, who is about to embark on a world tour, shot the first ad for the L.A.M.B. fragrance — which will hit stores in September — earlier in the week. For the campaign, Stefani had to be dunked underwater. "It was torture, but it was great," she said. Later on, the singer addressed the audience with some basic retail tenets, Orange County-style: "It was a dream of mine to design clothes....That you guys came out to support me is like, whoa, tripped out."
MIX AND MATCH: The Imitation of Christ show at Smashbox Studios Monday night drew a bicoastal mix of indie celebrities — from Ione Skye, Donovan Leitch and Ben Lee to Liz Goldwyn and models Jenny Shimizu and Guinevere Van Seenus. Skye, dressed in a sporty polkadot shirtdress she described as "secondhand Eighties," said the label "has always been one of my favorites."
Representing young Hollywood, Ali Larter and Ginnifer Goodwin sat front-and-center for their first-ever Los Angeles Fashion Week show. "I've been a fan of Tara's [Subkoff] for a long time," "Heroes" star Larter, dressed in a black Prada dress and coat, said of the IOC designer. Goodwin, dressed in a vintage belted blue tunic, added: "Tara is...daring and ever-changing." While talking with reporters, the "Big Love" actress was jostled, then almost knocked over by people trying to get to their seats. "This is bananas," she said, smiling. That was more than most guests at IOC's post-show party at Teddy's could muster. Subkoff's pals Kirsten Dunst, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicky Hilton and Marisa Tomei missed the show, and also ducked photographers waiting to snap their photos in front of sponsor Samsung's emblazoned red carpet at the bar's entrance or entered through the VIP door in back. Inside, Dunst and Mary-Kate Olsen, sporting a knit cap and hoodie, respectively, danced up a storm, while sister Ashley Olsen held court in one nearby booth, Hilton in another. "I didn't see the show so I don't feel like I can really comment," Dunst said. "But I have a few of her things in my closet." At least Tomei had an excuse for missing the show: "I'm just recovering from a crazy shoot in Bulgaria with John Cusack" She was referring to the film "War, Inc."
@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)