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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
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)