Fashion Scoops: Seeing Red … Where’s the Beef? … Ralph’s New Hire …
SEEING RED: Red is the new black at Vivienne Tam. The designer said Thursday she plans to launch a line of evening and special occasion dresses and separates for fall 2003. The new line will be referred to as the red label — Tam’s...
SEEING RED: Red is the new black at Vivienne Tam. The designer said Thursday she plans to launch a line of evening and special occasion dresses and separates for fall 2003. The new line will be referred to as the red label — Tam’s contemporary label is black — and will retail between $800 and $1,500. Tam said the red label will be about 40 percent higher than her contemporary line, allowing her to work with more luxurious fabrics and create more elaborate styles. The collection will be about 15 pieces aimed at specialty and department stores, and will also be sold at Tam’s SoHo boutique and licensed stores in Japan.
WHERE’S THE BEEF? Each week seems to bring another fashion tenant to the meat packing district. The latest is Annelore, a store at 636 Hudson Street featuring the designs of Juliana Cho, whose classic styles have unusual twists. Tailored blazers in herringbone tweed have a waist-slimming ruffle detail; blouses have flowing capelet sleeves, silk dresses are stamped with original patterns and handknit cable sweaters have asymmetrical button-up collars. Prices range from $165 for tops to $518 for jackets and coats. Accessories such as leather clutches with contrasting trim, black Lucite hoop-handled purses in one-of-a-kind fabrics and custom-designed jewelry round out the eclectic product mix.
RALPH'S NEW HIRE: Jen Meyer, who previously worked for Giorgio Armani in Los Angeles, is joining Polo Ralph Lauren. She will handle celebrity relations on the West Coast, replacing Crystal Moffet Lourd, who became a West Coast PR consultant for Christian Dior, as reported.Meyer is the daughter of Ron Meyer, president and chief executive officer of Vivendi Universal.
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Is Muammar Qadhafi ready to trade in his military khakis for a sleek Cerruti suit? It could happen. Cash-strapped Fin.part, which owns Cerruti and Frette, confirmed a local press report that it’s in talks to sell a stake to the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Co., or LAFICO, along with other unnamed investors. State-owned LAFICO has been doing a lot of shopping in Italy lately and forging strong ties with the Agnelli family by snapping up 7.5 percent of soccer club Juventus as well as 2 percent of Fiat. The Agnelli family seems eager to welcome Qadhafi into the fold: the Libyan leader’s son, Al-Saadi Qadhafi, will join Juventus’ board in October, and last month’s Italian Supercup match, pitting Juventus against the Parma team, was held in Tripoli.
LET THEM EAT POILANE: As luxury goods go, a loaf of Poilâne bread is up there with the Kelly bag and the Cartier Tank watch. In New York, fans have theirs Federal Expressed from Paris once a week. In London, the French sourdough bread sells at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and the Poilâne bakery in Belgravia. But since the $10 loaf went on sale at Waitrose supermarkets — where a baguette costs about $2.50 —Londoners have begun to moan about the price. "I just tell them my loaf weighs over four pounds, which is much heavier than a baguette, so the price isn’t much higher if you think about it," Lionel Poilâne said. "And can you believe it? Since the press started writing about the price, we’ve been selling more than ever."
DAMIANI REMEMBERS: Damiani, the high-end Italian jeweler, will donate a diamond choker from its private collection to be auctioned off at the gala Saturday following the GIN Montecarlo Invitational Pro-Celebrity golf tournament. Kevin Costner is chairman, and Prince Albert of Monaco will host the event. The money raised will be used to create a living memorial of 2,835 trees, one for each victim of the Sept. 11 attacks. The necklace, called Madame and valued at $33,000, is a one-of-a-kind piece encrusted with brilliant cut diamonds totaling 12 carats and an oversized gray Tahiti pearl.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty