Fashion Scoops: Pucci Hits the High Seas … Angel Eyes … To Beat the Band …
PUCCI HITS THE HIGH SEAS: What’s that flapping in the wind? A bird? A plane? A Pucci-print sail? Pucci and Wally, yacht maker to Mediterranean millionaires, have created a glorious, 3,230-square-foot sail that will make its debut at the Pirelli...
PUCCI HITS THE HIGH SEAS: What’s that flapping in the wind? A bird? A plane? A Pucci-print sail? Pucci and Wally, yacht maker to Mediterranean millionaires, have created a glorious, 3,230-square-foot sail that will make its debut at the Pirelli Trophy Regatta in Santa Margherita, Italy, on April 30. The handpainted gennaker sail, made by North Sails in Italy, boasts one of Pucci’s most famous patterns, a 1968 dress featuring slices and swirls of blue, lavender, turquoise and black — as well as Emilio Pucci’s signature. "Since we hired Christian [Lacroix], we’ve been going back to our sportive roots," Laudomia Pucci, Emilio’s daughter, said. "The sail is all about sports, chic and leisure, and really underlines who we are." The sail also has inspired a capsule collection for spring called Vivara, which features printed boat shoes, travel bags, T-shirts and caps. The sail will help power the new, 60-foot Wallyño, to be skippered by Wally’s owner, the dashing Luca Bassani. Wallyño will take part in races around the Mediterranean during the season, and the crew, of course, will wear Pucci uniforms to match the sail.
ANGEL EYES: With the June 11 deadline fast approaching for the shutdown of the Thierry Mugler fashion house, suitors are emerging for the firm’s high-tech factory in Angers, France, and its four retail outlets in Paris. According to sources, Balmain and France Luxury Group, which includes Scherrer, Francesco Smalto and Stephane Kélian, have their eyes on the assets. As reported, Group Clarins, owner of the Mugler brand, is seeking a buyer for the assets for the money-losing fashion business in order to focus on hit Mugler fragrances like Angel. Clarins declined comment, and Balmain and France Luxury Group could not be reached.
TO BEAT THE BAND: Fur Fashion 2003, the industry’s annual fashion show and bash, had a few unexpected cheerleaders Tuesday night at the Puck building. Liz Callaway, who is on Broadway in "The Look of Love," kicked off the festivities with her rendition of "The Beat Goes On." That wasn’t the case by the time Joan Rivers took to the catwalk and she was none too pleased with the lack of acoustics. So much so that she spat a word that starts with F, but has nothing to do with fur, and then carried on: "I practiced for three weeks with music. Music please!" Fortunately, notes followed. Jennifer Holiday of "Dreamgirls" relied on her own vocals for the finale, showing tremendous range, in line with the variety of fur coats on the runway.
THE LABOR PARTY: Not only does Patrick Robinson have a new job (see story, page 3), but his wife, Vogue’s fashion market director, Virginia Smith, also has plans to take on a new title — mom. Smith confirmed on Wednesday that she and Robinson are expecting their first child. "I guess things are really looking up," she said.
@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)