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.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)