SHOP TALK: Talk about pent-up demand. The John Galliano boutique in Paris, under construction for more than a year on Rue Saint Honoré, quietly opened for business on Tuesday — and had a crowd of shoppers waiting at the door by 11 a.m....
SHOP TALK: Talk about pent-up demand. The John Galliano boutique in Paris, under construction for more than a year on Rue Saint Honoré, quietly opened for business on Tuesday — and had a crowd of shoppers waiting at the door by 11 a.m. It’s no wonder. The two-level boutique is practically all windows, and people in the neighborhood have been scrutinizing its progress for months. Later in the day, there was no mistaking the presence of Galliano himself, who stopped by for an inspection in his signature newsprint cap, jeans and a black vest. A true fashion celebrity, he welcomed a steady stream of well-wishers, and even young fans asking him to autograph their purchases. The designer plans to officially inaugurate the boutique during couture week in July.
MASTER MCQUEEN: Alexander McQueen is making the most out of his upcoming trip to New York, where he’ll accept the CFDA’s International award next Monday. Besides hosting a CFDA after party for friends at the Soho House, the designer will touch down in time for a trunk show and cocktail party at his Meatpacking District boutique on Thursday. McQueen’s loyal New York customers, including Karen Groos, Yvonne Force and Lillian von Stauffenberg, are all planning to make the trip downtown, with personal shopper Willie Lima leading the way.
NEW TWEEN: Gerren Taylor, touted as the next Naomi Campbell or Tyra Banks, was a fixture during Los Angeles fashion week in April and, more recently, spotted walking the Roberto Cavalli fall 2003 fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas. But Taylor is 12-years old and admittedly still plays with dolls. It’s a juxtaposition of worlds not lost on ABC’s 20/20, whose producers have been following the Los Angeles native for an as-yet unscheduled profile. Neiman Marcus representatives, who said they weren’t aware of Taylor’s age until the day of the show, didn’t appear undone. “The most exciting thing about fashion is being able to discover new talent,” said a spokesman. But Taylor’s agent, Crista Sides Klayman of L.A. Models, conceded even seemingly shockproof companies have been scared off. Gucci recently backed out of hiring Taylor to informally model during an alcohol-laden cocktail party at the Beverly Hills store. “Sometimes the client gets uncomfortable,” Klayman said.PHONE HOME: Milan Vukmirovich is fashion’s most recent missing person. Last spotted in New York, Vukmirovich is nowhere to be found, skipping town immediately upon the news last week that Jil Sander was returning to the Prada-controlled company that bears her name. Vukmirovich’s contract as creative director of Jil Sander doesn’t officially expire until June, but Prada didn’t just pull the plug on it. Vukmirovich reportedly used a Prada-owned cell phone and the company has disconnected that number.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)