Fashion Scoops: Riding High … Party to Go … Basso on the Slopes …
RIDING HIGH: We've seen horses on the runway at John Bartlett in New York and Givenchy in Paris. But leave it to Hermes to sneak one into its annual shareholders' meeting. A dark brown beauty pranced onstage Monday at the Marigny Theater in Paris...
RIDING HIGH: We've seen horses on the runway at John Bartlett in New York and Givenchy in Paris. But leave it to Hermes to sneak one into its annual shareholders' meeting. A dark brown beauty pranced onstage Monday at the Marigny Theater in Paris before the meeting started, sharing the spotlight with an enormous Birkin bag, a giant teacup and a large plate mysteriously moving around on the stage. Explained Hermes chairman Jean-Louis Dumas: "We tried to put on a show in the theater that was neither comedy nor tragedy." Indeed, it was more of a fairy tale. Quirky? You bet. The dish didn't run away with the spoon, but shareholders did get to vote on whether Hermes would have good weather this Sunday for its annual Prix de Diane horse race and party. They're an optimistic lot: 78 percent are forecasting a picnic-perfect day. Two percent abstained. Meanwhile, Dumas noted that sales since April are advancing at roughly the same rate as the first quarter, when Hermes reported sales rose 6.8 percent to $275 million.PARTY TO GO: As part of the ongoing CFDA-related festivities this week, V Magazine and Chanel are getting in on the act tonight by importing Vive La Fete, the group that performed at Karl Lagerfeld's recent show in Paris, for a bash at the TriBeCa Grand. Party animals Lagerfeld, Stephen Gan and Hedi Slimane are all slated to attend, but it's going to be a late night for the trio, considering Lagerfeld is being honored with a dinner earlier by Oscar and Annette de la Renta.BASSO ON THE SLOPES: Shopping is probably the second-most-popular sport in Aspen, and Dennis Basso plans to cash in on that. In September, the furrier plans to open "a jewel box" boutique at The Little Nell, a resort at the foot of Aspen Mountain. For the past five years, his weeklong trunk shows during the holidays at The Little Nell have generated $1 million in sales. Located across the street from The Greenhouse, the apres ski bar of choice, the Dennis Basso store is expected to generate $3 million in first-year sales. Along with all the fur and shearling coats, there will be Basso's gloves, scarves and handbags.The space was designed by interior decorator Kenneth Alpert and will be the prototype for several other stores Basso plans to open over the next four years. Having been in business for 19 years, Basso said he plans to focus on vacation and resort destinations for his retail plans."When people are on vacation, they tend to shop and be more indulgent," he said.GUILT-FREE CONSUMPTION: Shopping for charity is typically a popular endeavor, and the PRASAD Beyond Fashion event at Milk Studios last Wednesday was no exception. Crowds piled in to bid on coveted items at both live and silent auctions, such as books from Marilyn Monroe's personal library, a couture gown by Maggie Norris and a week at the Amanpuri Resort in Phuket, Thailand.Then, in a frenzied fashion, guests began hunting through racks of wholesale-priced clothes donated by such designers as Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent. Pique Lacoste shirts were on sale for $35, while Paper Denim & Cloth jeans went for $65. Rashida Jones, Phylicia Rashad and actress Jodie Markell were on hand to lend their support.PRASAD, which stands for "Philanthropic Relief Altruistic Service and Development," raised more than $225,000 for The PRASAD Project to benefit children and their families in disadvantaged regions throughout the world.
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye