PRADA EXIT?: There appears to be another high-level departure at a luxury group — and, no, it isn’t Gucci. Reports swirled around Milan late Thursday that Riccardo Stilli, Prada’s longtime group chief financial officer,...
PRADA EXIT?: There appears to be another high-level departure at a luxury group — and, no, it isn’t Gucci. Reports swirled around Milan late Thursday that Riccardo Stilli, Prada’s longtime group chief financial officer, is heading for the door. Stilli declined comment, while Prada executives could not be reached for comment. Stilli’s departure comes as Prada continues to pay down its debt and to prepare for its long-delayed initial public offering. If he does go, it would be the second exit of a senior executive of a luxury group in a week. As noted, Giacomo Santucci was “terminated” on Wednesday as chief executive officer of Gucci by its parent, Pinault-Printemps-Redoute.BENVENUTO EDMUNDO: It appears Edmundo Castillo will start consulting for Sergio Rossi, the footwear company under the Gucci Group umbrella. According to a source close to the accessories designer, Castillo is at the Sergio Rossi headquarters, in the Marche region, to finalize a contract for a creative collaboration. Rossi himself will continue to be creative director.SIGHTSEEING: Tourists soaking up the splendor of Place Vendôme in Paris encountered an extra attraction on Thursday: Karl Lagerfeld. The designer was there with his entourage shooting the spring 2005 Chanel campaign with model Daria Werbowy — along with dozens of curious onlookers. Lagerfeld said he was then moving on to other locations where there are Chanel boutiques, including Avenue Montaigne and Faubourg Saint-Honore. And while at first glance it might seem the advertising theme is a departure from Lagerfeld’s runway show, a paparazzi frenzy complete with supermodels and Nicole Kidman, Amanda Harlech begged to differ. Watching Werbowy pose with the Ritz Hotel and a cloud-flecked blue sky in the background, she observed: “Paris is the red carpet.”SCHRAGER’S NEW DIGS: Ian Schrager is taking a bigger bite out of Manhattan with three new commercial and residential projects. In January 2006, he plans to open a hotel and adjoining residential apartments on Gramercy Park North. The hotel, which will be known as the Gramercy Park Hotel, will have 185 rooms. Next door, there will be 23 apartments with 14-foot-high ceilings — and all of the hotel amenities. Both buildings will be designed by the London-based architect John Pawson. “I see the residential apartments as a new genre, something that blurs the distinction between a hotel and apartments,” said Schrager, who passed through London earlier this week to check out his Sanderson and Saint Martin’s Lane hotels. “It’s not going to be John Pawson minimal either — you can’t really pigeon-hole the style. The style is going to be very special.” Schrager also plans to open another residence on Bond Street, between Lafayette and the Bowery, in NoLIta, which will feature five town houses with private backyards. That residence also will have hotel services, and will open in July 2006. That project will be designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron.FERRAGAMO’S OLD FLAMES: Designers too young to remember are inspired by Fifties and Sixties film stars such as Sophia Loren, Kim Novak and Audrey Hepburn. Salvatore Ferragamo was actually there, designing shoes for some of those leading ladies. The company Ferragamo founded is now celebrating the style of the decade with “Sirens of the Sixties,” a photography exhibition on the women who lived la dolce vita. The work of international Italian photographers such as Angelo Frontoni, Gian Paolo Barbieri, Tazio Secchiaroli, Pierluigi Praturlon and Chiara Samugheo is featured in the show at the Ferragamo gallery at the Fifth Avenue flagship through Feb. 1. The images range from the stark black-and-white profile of Caterina Spaak smoking a cigarette to a soft color portrait of Ursula Andress standing by a window.
“I grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)