Fashion Scoops: Puffy Wins … Pay Day … Say Cheese …
PUFFY WINS: He’s lost three consecutive awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, but Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is guaranteed to walk home with a trophy at the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars benefit on Oct. 24....
PUFFY WINS: He’s lost three consecutive awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, but Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is guaranteed to walk home with a trophy at the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars benefit on Oct. 24. Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter, "The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler and Combs have just been added to the roster of honorees for their envelope-pushing work. The night’s theme is "Provocateurs," also honoring Suzy Menkes, Viktor & Rolf, Manolo Blahnik, Roberto Cavalli, Robert A.M. Stern, Parfums Christian Dior, Victoria’s Secret, "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann and Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin.
PAY DAY: Poor Jean-Marie Messier? Not exactly. The ousted chief executive officer of Vivendi Universal pulled down $5.2 million in salary last year. But he was not as richly compensated as L’Oréal ceo Lindsay-Owen Jones, whose $5.6 million paycheck tops a list of the 100 highest-paid bosses in France. The annual list, compiled by the French business magazine Challenges, puts Bernard Arnault, chairman of luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in sixth place at $2.6 million.
SAY CHEESE: The fashion smorgasbord in Paris, which starts with the runway shows Oct. 3-11, turns out to be a mere appetizer. That’s because November is designated as photography month in the city and the festival has crowned fashion a principal theme. Headlining scores of fashion-related exhibitions at art galleries around the city is a show devoted to Yohji Yamamoto’s romantic vision. Bowing Oct. 29 at the European Center for Photography, with opening festivities attended by the designer himself, the exhibition will feature 80 well-known photos by the likes of Nick Knight, Steven Meisel and Max Vadukul. Meanwhile, the busy designer, who is showing his Y’s collection in Paris on Oct. 2, has selected Oct. 7 to show his new sportswear collection in collaboration with Adidas. Details are forthcoming, but a spokeswoman said it won’t be a runway show.
SUGAR DADDY: David Furnish, filmmaker and partner of Elton John, galloped ahead of fellow clothes horses to win British GQ’s Most Stylish Man Award on Tuesday night. His competition included Jude Law, Guy Ritchie, Alexander McQueen, Hugh Grant and Robbie Williams during the GQ Men of the Year Awards ceremony at London’s Natural History Museum. On accepting his award, Furnish thanked one special person. "If Elton didn’t pick up the bill for my clothes, I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you tonight," he said, laughing. Other winners included David Bowie for outstanding achievement, Sir Paul Smith for designer, Gordon Ramsay for chef and Pierce Brosnan, for actor.
CO-ED CLAN: Stuart Kreisler, former president of Ralph Lauren Womenswear, has a special talent for producing daughters — he has five of them, including four grown daughters from a previous marriage. So when his wife, Tracy, delivered their second child last month, Kreisler was convinced it was going to be another girl. But score one for the XYs, it was a boy, and James Simon Kreisler joined the Kreisler sorority. Now what to do with all those girls’ hand-me-downs?
Incidentally, James Simon came into the world with another distinction: He was already an uncle. One of Kreisler’s daughters gave birth to a boy several months ago.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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