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.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.