Fashion Scoops: Shopping Mystery … Fifth Avenue’s Priciest Display … Like Father …
SHOPPING MYSTERY: While Michael Kors has seen his share of trunk shows and store fetes, he’s still puzzled by revelers who like to shop while they party down. But that’s just the kind of girl who reads Lucky, co-sponsor of a shopping party...
SHOPPING MYSTERY: While Michael Kors has seen his share of trunk shows and store fetes, he’s still puzzled by revelers who like to shop while they party down. But that’s just the kind of girl who reads Lucky, co-sponsor of a shopping party at the SoHo Kors Michael Kors boutique Tuesday night. There, the designer found himself in the middle of a young, enthusiastic throng of fans buying up a storm. "They’re actually buying things," Kors said, looking stunned. "Samantha Boardman said ‘What’s wrong with shopping at a party?’ but I’m embarrassed trying on shoes in public."
FIFTH AVENUE’S PRICIEST DISPLAY: Few expenses are spared for holiday windows, and this season, Cartier is leading the pack with what might be Manhattan’s most expensive one. On Wednesday, Angie Harmon unveiled the luxury jeweler’s pièce de resistance, the restored, 962-carat Patiala necklace valued at $25 million.
Originally created in Paris for the Maharajah Sir Bhupindar Singh of Patiala in 1928, the Patiala remains the largest necklace ever made by the French jeweler. When it was found in London in 1998, most of the stones were damaged or missing, and Cartier restored the necklace to its former glory for the company’s permanent Art of Cartier Collection.
"It’s good for the health," quipped Stanislas de Quercize, president and chief executive officer of Cartier in the U.S. "The closer you are to the diamonds, the faster your heart beats."
No danger of a heart attack?
"That’s why we’re not selling it," he laughed. "You can only get close to it, but you can’t wear it."
LIKE FATHER…: Delphine Arnault, the chic and statuesque daughter of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, is becoming even more of a mover and shaker in her father’s luxury group. Not only does she work at Christian Dior’s footwear division, she recently joined the board of Spanish fashion and accessories firm Loewe. Meanwhile, her younger brother Antoine, who previously worked at an Internet domain-naming firm, has finally succumbed to the family’s penchant for the fashion biz. He recently started working in Louis Vuitton’s communications department, which takes care of advertising and media planning.
BETSEY OF TROY: Designer Betsey Johnson is opening a new 1,000-square-foot store in Troy, Mich., today at the Somerset Collection. This marks the first new store the company has opened since Sept. 11, 2001. The zany designer, known for her youthful verve, gave a typically unconventional response to her new retail digs. "I’m happy that we’re back in action opening stores. I hope to be the coolest thing in Michigan, next to KISS!"
ROCKIN’ WITH NAOMI: Always looking to top the previous season, Rocawear has booked Naomi Campbell for its spring ad campaign. Due out in spring magazines, the campaign was shot by Paul Rowland. Dana Hill, the company’s vice president of marketing, said, "We were looking for an iconic setting for the spring campaign and she fit in perfectly." This campaign will follow Rocawear’s current ads, which are dramatic black-and-white shots photographed in Paris.
The brand is also focusing on European expansion and plans to show during London Fashion Week, Hill said.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye