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.
Donatella Versace will receive the International Award at the 2018 @cfda awards, which were announced tonight. Tap link in bio for a list of all the nominees and honorees. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @rahirezvanistudio )
The 2018 @cfda Awards nominees are out! @virgilabloh for @off____white for is nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Tap link in bio for all the nominees. #wwdnews #wwdfashion ( 📷: @simonelezzi)
@chanelofficial is suing high-end vintage retailer @whatgoesaroundnyc for trademark infringement, a move that could cost the retailer millions. The French fashion house claims that it’s not only unintentionally sold counterfeit goods on occasion, but that it’s “gone out of its way to create an association with Chanel,” which does not exist. Read Chanel’s statement on WWD.com #wwdnews (@aitorrosasphoto)
Exclusive: Guillaume Henry has left @ninaricci, the fashion house said on Thursday. “After three years of mutually gratifying creative collaboration, Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry have together decided that the designer will depart the house after the presentation of the fall-winter 2018-19 collection,” Ricci said in a statement. Get all the details on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“When Bella enters a room all heads turn,” said @peterphilipsmakeup, creative and image director for @diormakeup. Last night, the two celebrated the product launch of Dior’s Lacquer Plump in Los Angeles with other celebs like @parisjackson, @winnieharlow and more. Head to WWD.com to see the rest of the photos from the night (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
“These shirts are an art form, it’s about getting the message out to as many people as you can. It breaks down the pretentiousness of the art gallery,” says Kumasi Sadiki, cofounder of @ebayontheblock, a store that sells merchandise by New York artists who are shifting their attention to clothes as a wearable medium. Pictured here is a design by artist @joegarvey_, one of the first to spearhead this movement. Head to WWD.com to read @mistywhitesidell full story on how their designs have become merch for the underground elite #wwdfashion
@netaporter is dedicating a part of its website – called the Fine Jewelry and Watch Destination – to highlight its high-end jewelry. The hub will feature products on the site, as well as incorporate styling advice and educational content about high-priced jewelry items. Get more details on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories
For “The Cher Show,” an upcoming musical based on @cher’s life and career, @bobmackie is once again collaborating with the singer in designing the costumes. For decades, Mackie has designed glitzy stage costumes and red carpet looks for the 71-year-old Grammy winner. Pictured here is a sketch of some of the pieces in the wardrobe of the musical, which is set to debut in Chicago on June 12 before making its way to Broadway #wwdeye