SEPARATION ANXIETY: It looks like tensions between Helmut Lang and Prada Group could see a denouement as early as today, with the designer departing. A source in Europe said Friday that Prada chief Patrizio...
SEPARATION ANXIETY: It looks like tensions between Helmut Lang and Prada Group could see a denouement as early as today, with the designer departing. A source in Europe said Friday that Prada chief Patrizio Bertelli was slated to wing his way to New York on Sunday, possibly to make the announcement to Lang employees. As reported, the designer and the Italian owner of his fashion house are at odds to the breaking point over the direction and development of the Lang business, of which Prada gained full control last fall.
GALAXY QUEST: Couture week in Paris is shaping up to be a VIP- and celebrity-studded affair. Penelope Cruz is among the glitterati expected at Giorgio Armani’s show today, and Valentino’s front row tonight awaits an arms-length list of royals and social powerhouses from Lily Safra and Betty Lagardere to Countess Jacqueline de Ribes. And Christian Dior, while tight-lipped about its guest list beyond Sofia Coppola, is said to be corralling a vast international constellation of stars, possibly even Julianne Moore.
BEAUTY FASHION: It seems makeup artist François Nars has caught the fashion bug. Nars has paired with longtime friend and fashion designer Sophie Theallet (formerly of Azzedine Alaïa) to create a line of resort and beachwear called Motu Tane. Named after Nars’ private island in Tahiti, the line will include a variety of warm-weather wear, including bathing suit cover-ups and cocktail party attire, in fabrics like satin and chiffon. The collection is being developed for a May launch and executives are now securing distribution — it will likely be sold in high-end specialty stores and boutiques, according to Jennifer Lister, president of the brand. Lister added the fashion collection and Nars’ cosmetics line are not related in any way.
FLYING INTO APPAREL: Footwear brand PF Flyers is the latest company to cash in on the retro craze sweeping through the fashion world. Now owned by athletic giant New Balance, the brand, which had its heyday in the Fifties and Sixties, will introduce its first line of men’s and women’s apparel at Project Tradeshow, the men’s wear show that kicks off today. The collection of casual lifestyle looks was designed in conjunction with DDC-lab owner Savania Davies-Keiller and will be feted at a soiree Tuesday night at Manhattan’s M Studio.WEST SIDE STORY: Could New York’s Meatpacking District possibly get any hipper? You bet. Karl Lagerfeld, who just signed off on the sale of his trademarks to Tommy Hilfiger, is angling to open a design studio in the artsy neighborhood.
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