Fashion Scoops: Regally Blonde … Moving on Up … Revved Up …
REGALLY BLONDE: Betty Catroux, one of the glitziest members of retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent’s inner circle, has quickly adapted to Tom Ford’s new direction at Rive Gauche. On Monday, she had staff at the YSL boutique on Faubourg...
REGALLY BLONDE: Betty Catroux, one of the glitziest members of retired couturier Yves Saint Laurent’s inner circle, has quickly adapted to Tom Ford’s new direction at Rive Gauche. On Monday, she had staff at the YSL boutique on Faubourg Saint-Honore in a tizzy as she tried on side-laced leather pants and stacks of other clothes. "I’m losing my head in here," she exclaimed. Meanwhile, Saint Laurent’s couture atelier is on schedule to fill orders on his retirement collection by the end of October. Couture boss Pierre Bergé said the house is still negotiating with its workers over terms of the house’s closure.
MOVING ON UP — AND OUT: Georgina Brandolini, managing director of Balmain, was helping to seat guests at the house’s show Monday. But on the sidelines, she confirmed her exit — effective at the end of October. "I’m going to work in fashion, but I don’t know for whom or if I might work for myself," she said. Meanwhile, Balmain chief executive Alain Hivelin said the couture workrooms remain open filling orders on the swan song collection of Oscar de la Renta. As for a successor, he said ready-to-wear designer Laurent Mercier is definitely a candidate. "It’s a possibility, but not a decision."
REVVED UP: Jean Paul Gaultier, living up to his reputation as a fashion provocateur, hired a squadron of Hells Angels on Harley-Davidsons Sunday night to whisk editors between his new shop on the Avenue Georges V and his newly remodeled flagship on the Rue Vivienne. Although star guest Catherine Deneuve declined to hop aboard, Gaultier burst into giggles as he jumped on a hog and blasted down the Champs Elysées. Earlier, Gaultier chatted with guests, including Hermès president Jean-Louis Dumas, as they inspected the new Philippe Starck-designed boutiques. "It’s so white and new," laughed the designer, spilling champagne as he was jostled by the crowd. "Oh, not to worry. Spilling champagne brings good luck."
MAIDEN VOYAGE: Chantal Roos wasn’t the only beauty heavyweight at the Yves Saint Laurent show Monday night. Seated front row was Lindsay Owen-Jones, L’Oréal’s chairman and chief executive officer. "Domenico De Sole and I are old sailing friends," he explained. "We were talking about the America’s Cup, and he said ‘Why don’t you see another form of competition — what we’re doing with Yves Saint Laurent?’ So, I decided to come for the first time."
ALMOST READY: Azzedine Alaïa confirmed Monday he’s planning to show his next collection during the couture shows in January. Alaïa will join Yohji Yamamoto, who last July started showing rtw on the couture schedule. Alaïa might preview his new eyewear line, too.
AN EYEFUL: As a warm-up to the official Legion of Honor ceremony Wednesday, Philip Miller was feted Monday at the spectacular Paris apartment of Isabelle and Hubert d’Ornano, owners of the cosmetics firm Sisley. Miller recalled his reaction when he first walked into the place in the late Seventies, when he was an executive at Neiman Marcus. "I went, ‘Wow,’" he recalled. "I’d never seen anything like that in Dallas." Guests including Emanuel Ungaro came by and craned their necks at the trail of giant snail sculptures leading up the ceiling. When asked what was his favorite object in the apartment, jam-packed with modernist paintings and sculptures, Miller responded: "That’s easy. The d’Ornanos."
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion