Fashion Scoops: Royal Pain…Yolk On Fashion Folk…I’ll Take It All…
ROYAL PAIN: Is the fourth row the new front row? It is if you’re dealing with Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth’s horse-loving granddaughter. Phillips sat in the fourth row at the Betty Jackson show on Monday, chatting to a...
ROYAL PAIN: Is the fourth row the new front row? It is if you’re dealing with Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth’s horse-loving granddaughter. Phillips sat in the fourth row at the Betty Jackson show on Monday, chatting to a girlfriend while a posse of paparazzi struggled to get as close as they could. “I wear Betty Jackson, and I’m just here for a day out with a friend,” Phillips told WWD. As for her seating arrangement, Phillips said she wouldn’t have it any other way: “Why would I ever sit in the front row? Then I’d have to deal with all that lot,” she said, pointing to the snappers.
YOLK ON FASHION FOLK: The dastardly duo of Dan Macmillan and Anita Pallenberg joined forces on Monday night to poke some fun at the hard-working London fashion crowd. The two hired a truck with a big Perspex box on top, gathered dozens of eggs and unleashed chaos after the Frost French show at the Royal Horticultural Halls. The duo, along with some friends, donned masks to resemble David Blaine, the American magician who is currently holed up in a Perspex box as part of a 44-day-long stunt. (He’s also being cruelly pelted with eggs by people on the street.) The crew hopped out of the truck, which was parked outside the venue, and began throwing eggs everywhere, with the yolk and whites flying onto the manicured, coiffed and tailored crowd. “They’re just having a bit of fun,” said a friend who was in on the joke.
I’LL TAKE IT ALL: So bewitched was one customer by Ralph Lauren’s brand new Home Collection floor on Bond Street that she bought the entire contents of two model rooms, right down to the velvet slippers placed casually near the bed. A Ralph Lauren spokeswoman said that on Sunday, the customer purchased $295,000 worth of merchandise from the Cliveden rooms, which have an Art Deco-style, sophisticated bachelor pad feeling to them. The rooms feature angular black chairs made from carbon fiber, a dark purple mohair velvet sofa and tufted leather club chairs. The Home Collection spans 3,800 square feet and is housed on the lower ground floor of the designer’s Bond Street unit. It opened last week and features two other themed rooms in addition to Cliveden. There’s an upscale North Atlantic fisherman’s cottage with the breakfast bowls brimming with muesli, and a sensual bedroom with a Louis XVI feel and vases filled with pale pink roses.
SHE’S BAAACK: Diane von Furstenberg officially became a Notting Hillbilly on Monday when she opened her first London store on Ledbury Road, her first-ever European shop. The designer, who’s been party hopping this week, said she’s excited to have a place to call her own in London. “When I was young, I went to school outside Oxford, and twice a year we used to come to London to shop and we’d have so much fun,” she said. “So this store is a little wink at myself.” The store has a disco feeling to it, with little round mirrors on the ceiling and sparkly floors. Downstairs, the dressing rooms have girly pink carpeting — and a bar, of course. The dressing room area also leads to the shop next door, which is called 85 Ledbury Road. A sister unit to the multibrand designer store, Matches, it stocks Marc by Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Cacharel and Yulan, a new label by former Giorgio Armani designer Joanne Jong.
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
“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