Fashion Scoops: Sea World … Paris Vice … Covering All Bases …
SEA WORLD: Scuba is not only a trend on the fashion runway. Alexander McQueen has become obsessed with scuba diving since he took a course during his August vacation in Bali with his sister and his niece. McQueen even used an underwater scene as a...
SEA WORLD: Scuba is not only a trend on the fashion runway. Alexander McQueen has become obsessed with scuba diving since he took a course during his August vacation in Bali with his sister and his niece. McQueen even used an underwater scene as a backdrop for his show Saturday. On Tuesday, he was resting at his new country house on the southeast coast of England. But a spokesman assured he wasn’t doing any diving there.
PARIS VICE: Don Johnson, a front-row guest with his wife, Kelly, at Chanel, has been busy since he arrived in Paris this week. "Kelly’s been shopping up a storm," he said. "We hit Dior and Dolce & Gabbana already. We’ve put a major dent in our bank account." The Johnsons are in Paris to celebrate the birth of their second son, Jasper, four months ago. Johnson said he bought himself a jacket at Dolce. We assume he’ll wear it with a T-shirt.
COVERING ALL BASES: Chanel's not taking any chances. The company has enlisted Chloë Sevigny and Christina Ricci, two major Chanel gals, to host its event for the Hollywood launch of Chance, its new youthful scent. A cocktail party on Oct. 17 in Chanel’s Rodeo Drive boutique will play into the "chance" theme with psychics on hand to give participants tips on their love lives. The event will benefit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, founded by Tori Amos.
PRIVATE TIME: Daslu, the São Paulo retailer famous for many designer labels and a no-changing room policy, just started wholesaling its private label collection, selling out of a suite at the Plaza Athenee Hotel this week. And lo and behold, one of its faithful customers, Gisele Bündchen, showed up to place an order — only to end up modeling the clothes and pitching the line to buyers. We’re not sure if she got a commission, but store owner and director Eliana Tranchesi said she got orders from Browns in London, Ultimo in Chicago and Saks-Jandel in Washington for starters.
CAR STAR: Inès de la Fressange, who knows a thing or two about the importance of legroom, has been appointed the spokesmodel for Renault’s newest luxury model, the Vel Satis. Having driven a bevy of cars in the past, including a Cadillac Fleetwood and a Fiat, de la Fressange says she likes Vel Satis’ oddball looks. "The car’s design is unconventional — just like me," she said.
JUST CALL ME…: What’s in a name? Well, the first rule generally is to get it right. Reports have claimed Kate Moss’ new baby daughter is named Lola, but the little darling’s moniker actually is much grander: Lila Grace Moss Hack — with no hyphens. Her surnames are obviously from her mother and her father, magazine publisher Jefferson Hack. So with such a mouthful, is a one-word model’s name far away?
WHO IS HEADED TO SEVENTEEN?: Two more possible candidates have emerged in the contest to take over Seventeen Magazine, according to sources: Cindy Searight, creative director at Victoria Magazine, and Teen People’s West Coast editor, Lori Berger. Searight worked for Primedia’s Editorial Director Elizabeth Crow at both YM at Gruner + Jahr and Mademoiselle at Condé Nast and is seen as the stronger candidate of the two. Searight was in Paris attending the spring 2003 collections and could not be reached for comment, while Berger denied she was a candidate. "On the record, it’s not true and off the record, it’s not true," Berger said when reached by telephone Tuesday. But Crow seemed to acknowledge that both were contenders. "I’ve spoken to both of them," she said in a telephone interview, "and I’ve spoken to 10 other people. I’ve met a lot of really good people. Whoever comes on board has to have a clear and fabulous vision for Seventeen. And they have to get along with me, though that’s not difficult to do."
Meantime, the changes keep coming at Entertainment Weekly. Henry Goldblatt has been named assistant managing editor, joining three others who hold the same title. Most recently, he was senior editor of Fortune magazine, overseeing the magazine’s front-of-book section. As reported last week, Richard Sanders, who was one of EW’s two executive editors, left to join People as editor at large.
BAGGING HISTORY: Handbag designer Judith Leiber revealed a bit of family history Tuesday: her mother always wanted her to be like Estée Lauder.
"But that didn’t work out," said Leiber, in Washington for an exhibition of her life’s work that opens Thursday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.Of course Leiber, who like Lauder is of Hungarian heritage, turned out to be no slouch. Hollywood starlets dating back to Greta Garbo have carried her intricate bejeweled boxes and swank clutches of exotic skins. The exhibit has a Socks the Cat purse from Sen. Hillary Clinton’s collection. Inaugural ball purses include Barbara Bush’s satin blue bag with sapphire closure and Nancy Reagan’s first one, in white satin.
The exhibition also has the bag for which Leiber won a 1973 Coty Award, an Art Deco envelope of dark snakeskin and crystal rhinestones. One of her favorites is a peekaboo clutch made of horsehair given to her by Geoffrey Beene. While Leiber sold her company in 1998, she’s back in the design business producing silver decorative objects and tableware under her maiden name, Peto. Her first delivery was just made to Neiman Marcus in Chevy Chase, Md.
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye