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SEEING RED: Many a designer has dubbed the Oscar red carpet as the world's greatest runway. But what if the Olympics of award shows is bumped up to February -- smack in the middle of the European collections? That could be a reality come 2004 if the...
SEEING RED: Many a designer has dubbed the Oscar red carpet as the world's greatest runway. But what if the Olympics of award shows is bumped up to February--smack in the middle of the European collections? That could be a reality come 2004 if the governing board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences moves up the date. The 40-member board voted last week to explore changing the Oscar telecast from late March--a date that has conveniently followed the last week of collections and allowed designers and their representatives to flock to Los Angeles in order to woo A-listers into their recently shown gowns. Hollywood critics of the March date hope to cut the campaign season, which has become increasingly costly and controversial, not to mention circumvent the rising clutter of competing award shows scheduled before the Oscars that have siphoned away part of the thrill--not to mention viewership: last March 25's show had its lowest ratings in the U.S. in 15 years. For the fashion flock--from celebrity stylists and designers to fashion editors and the consuming masses--the change would shift an already hectic month into overdrive. It would also force the question: do designers risk holding a photo-worthy look for the Oscar sweepstakes in the hopes that a star will turn up wearing it, or do they save it for the runway?PEOPLE LEAVING PEOPLE: How has Martha Nelson dealt with the turnover among her staff since she replaced Carol Wallace in April? Well, last week, she threw a party for newly departing and arriving staffers. Held in a conference room at the magazine's midtown offices Thursday afternoon, Nelson celebrated the departures of senior editor Sonja Steptoe, who will become a senior L.A. correspondent for sister publication Time Magazine; associate picture editor Donna Bender, who's going over to In Touch Magazine to head its photo department, and associate editor Sophfronia Scott. A fourth staffer, senior writer Michelle Tauber, is moving to Orlando, but will continue in her post. Nelson also marked the hires of J.D. Heyman, formerly a senior writer at Us, as well as a couple of researchers and technology staffers.TOP OF THE POPS: What do Justin Timberlake and Christian Lacroix have in common? Both are coming out with albums this fall. Lacroix, in conjunction with the record label Naive, is coming out with Patchwork, a compilation CD of some of his favorite tunes. Tracks range from Marianne Faithfull and electro pop to selections from some of his runway shows. Lacroix plans to hand out a "teaser" of the disc at his couture show Tuesday. Meanwhile, Naive plans to make Lacroix's album the first in a series featuring fashion designers' favorite music.EYE TO EYE: Four days away from the kick-off of couture week in Paris, Azzedine Alaia has not yet pinpointed when he will show his next collection. "Either July 11 or 15," he said Tuesday. Meanwhile, other design projects are looming. As reported, Alaia has already designed an eyewear collection and he confirmed it will be a collaboration with Alain Mikli. And next up: an Alaia fragrance. But details are still forthcoming--like that next collection.THE LOEWE DOWN: LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is said to be taking a close look at some of its underperforming fashion divisions and planning changes. For one, Loewe is considering somewhat scaling back its ready-to-wear presentations to put the spotlight more on leather goods. In the past, Loewe has staged major runway shows during Paris fashion week. Meanwhile, word has it management shifts could be in the offing at some other LVMH brands.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews