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.
“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