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.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye