Fashion Scoops: Say No To Clothes?…Claridge’s On The Block…Babbling At Brooks
SAY NO TO CLOTHES?: Shopping to cure the blues doesn’t cut it with writer and meditation coach Kathy Freston. During an Equinox event Wednesday, she said she advises designer-happy clients to take stock in why they buy. “I...
SAY NO TO CLOTHES?: Shopping to cure the blues doesn’t cut it with writer and meditation coach Kathy Freston. During an Equinox event Wednesday, she said she advises designer-happy clients to take stock in why they buy. “I don’t say, ‘Stop shopping altogether,’ but I want them to pay attention to what’s going on internally. There’s this spiritual hunger but we fill ourselves with new things, or food or drama.”
Equinox’s “spiritual consultant” said her “transformational meditation” came out of necessity. “I was in a horrible relationship that almost killed me, I was broke, I needed to make changes.” But Freston, a former actress and Ford model whose husband is MTV honcho Tom Freston, said the practice isn’t just for the downtrodden. “Some of the most powerful executives meditate before big meetings.” But she declined to name names.
CLARIDGE’S ON THE BLOCK: Every fashionista’s favorite London haunt — Claridge’s — is for sale. Blackstone and Colony Capital, the private equity firms that own the Savoy Group, are looking to sell the 203-room hotel in Mayfair for approximately $504 million, which would set a world record of $2.27 million a room. The two firms said in a statement Wednesday they have appointed Deutsche Bank and Jones Lang LaSalle to find prospective buyers. “I should stress that no firm decision has been taken at this stage,” said John Kukral, president of Blackstone real estate advisers, in the statement. “We will provide a further update once a full review has been completed.”
BABBLING AT BROOKS: Construction on Rodeo Drive may have caused impossible traffic jams and long valet lines at the Brooks Brothers opening party in Beverly Hills last week, but the history of the 185-year-old retailer was the prevailing topic of conversation. “I’ve been a fan of Brooks Brothers since I was this high,” enthused Harry Connick Jr., recalling the big impression a pair of Brooks Brothers cordovan shoes worn by his father, then district attorney of New Orleans, made on him. The story put a smile on Brooks chief executive officer Claudio Del Vecchio’s face, who bantered with Connick on endorsement possibilities. Chanteuse Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Paxton, Kerry Liu, Beverly Mitchell and hundreds of others turned out for the event that had another goal in mind — raising funds for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia