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 think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“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 at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. 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.