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."
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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