It is commonplace for fashion houses to e-mail red-carpet photos of celebrities, but Prada and Miu Miu have taken things a step further - they send out paparazzi shots of starlets like Kiera Knightley and Jessica Biel carrying their bags.
PRADA'S LADIES: It is commonplace for fashion houses to e-mail red-carpet photos of celebrities, but Prada and Miu Miu have taken things a step further — they send out paparazzi shots of starlets like Kiera Knightley and Jessica Biel carrying their bags. Last month, Prada sent e-mail blasts featuring the actresses carrying its directional metallic handbags while strolling down a London street and arriving at Los Angeles Airport, respectively. In describing Biel's silver Gauffre bag, the release stated, "This is one of the most important bags from the Prada spring/summer 2007 collection and it retails for $2,835." One of Biel's stylists, Estee Stanley, said she was unaware Prada sent out paparazzi photos, and that Biel chose the bag without her help. But of her client's impeccable airport ensemble, she added, "She's the hottest girl ever." But it appears the "It" girl strategy is working: Miu Miu hosted a slew of lovelies at its Paris show Sunday, including Claire Danes, Milla Jovovich, Charlotte Casiraghi, Tatiana SantoDomingo, Ludivine Sagnier, Scout Delarue and Mamie Gummer.
FRIENDS INDEED: Most partygoers at Tuesday's Liz Claiborne fete at the Museum of Modern Art hovered near the bar instead of checking out Josiah McElheny's "Projects 84" and other nearby contemporary art. While Claiborne executives Tim Gunn, Trudy Sullivan and William McComb worked the room with aplomb, one guest garnered even more attention. Vera Wang's presence on such a bitterly cold night made some wonder if the designer had a deal in the works with the $5 billion apparel behemoth. "I thought people might think that. We're just friends," the designer said. BFF, even, considering how McComb wheeled Wang around the room at one point.
MILLING AROUND: Life is a cabaret for Milla Jovovich, who's set to sing at the worldwide launch of the new Jovovich-Hawk line for Mango on Wednesday at the revamped Parisian nightspot Bobino. It won't be a first for Jovovich, who released an album in 1994 and has contributed to various movie soundtracks.A ROYAL AT RETAIL: Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, better known as Princess Anne, chatted with London fashion leaders earlier this week at the offices of Target Sourcing Services/AMC, the overseas buying office for Saks Fifth Avenue, among other stores. The princess paid a visit in her capacity as president of U.K. Fashion Exports, which promotes British firms doing business abroad. Guests at the tea included Aquascutum chief executive Kim Winser, Tanner Krolle chief Martin Mason and designers David Sassoon of Belville Sassoon and Shirin Guild. The princess left with gift baskets filled with Saks and Target merchandise, and joked that if Target ever needed to test its products for indestructibility, she'd happily offer her dogs to do the job. The princess owns English bull terriers, one of which has made headlines in past years for its aggressive behavior.
COSTA PLUS:Francisco Costa is one of many designers who love to visit Los Angeles, both over and under the radar. Since the Vanity Fair Oscar party, Costa has been in Milan and will return to L.A. Sunday to mentor 15 students on Monday at the Otis College of Art and Design who have been hard at work on their versions of the Calvin Klein fall collection under Costa's guidelines, which mirrored those of his own show. His notes to students included "Imagine that your customer is going on a trip to Tokyo" and "Avoid any shapes that are constricting" as well as "brocades." After the lesson, Costa will do a Q&A for the public at Pacific Design Center, then head to San Francisco and Santa Barbara for some R&R.
GETTING CLOSER: It was a "Sliding Doors" moment Monday night, when Sienna Miller and ex Jude Law just missed each other at Cafe Noir in SoHo. Law and Natalie Portman are filming "My Blueberry Nights" at Palacinka next door, and Portman camped out at Cafe Noir's front table from 10 p.m. into the wee hours of the morning. Miller and her new beau, British model Jamie Burke, breezed up from the back to hug Portman, leaving just moments before Law joined Portman's table.HASH HOP: Paris ready-to-wear designer Ann Valerie Hash, who's been showing during couture since her first show in 2001, has revealed she'll join the ready-to-wear crowd in October. "I'll still be showing a high-end capsule collection during couture, but I've decided to show the main collection during ready-to-wear as it caused confusion among retailers," said Hash.
KIMMEL'S CAUSE: Sidney Kimmel, Jones Apparel chairman, will gather leading cancer researchers and scientists for the Kimmel Scholars Symposium. The event on Friday and Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla., will bring Kimmel scholars from the past 10 years to discuss their work and the future of cancer research. It also will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kimmel Scholars Program, which provides promising young researchers seed money to start their own laboratories. Over the years, Kimmel has donated over $300 million to cancer research through his foundation, and built the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and the prostate and urological center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)