Fashion Scoops: Show Starters…Getting The Message…Screen Test…
SHOW STARTERS: Seventh on Sixth isn’t expected to announce its official schedule for Olympus Fashion Week until next week, but early indications show the organization has added a trio of the most buzzed-about brands into the Bryant Park...
SHOW STARTERS: Seventh on Sixth isn’t expected to announce its official schedule for Olympus Fashion Week until next week, but early indications show the organization has added a trio of the most buzzed-about brands into the Bryant Park fold. Sources said on Thursday that, in February, for the first time, Proenza Schouler, Zac Posen and Behnaz Sarafpour are all planning to show in the tents.
GETTING THE MESSAGE: Calvin Klein Inc. introduced Francisco Costa to its best customers on Wednesday night with the designer’s first big in-store appearance at the Madison Avenue flagship. Despite the cold winds in New York, Costa got a warm reception from some surprising Calvin converts. Kelly Bensimon turned up in tight vintage Calvin Klein jeans, and Eliza Bolen arrived to greet her former colleague from Costa’s days at Oscar de la Renta. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Mandy Moore turned out for the premiere of “Chasing Liberty” in a custom Calvin Klein dress, pink satin designed by Costa, who outfitted the actress with a week’s worth of clothes for her media tour promoting the film, including appearances on “TRL,” “Regis & Kelly” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Tom Murry, president of CKI, said all the attention is paying off. Sales in the store for December were up 25 percent against the previous year, and that’s with 10 percent less inventory.
SCREEN TEST: Tom Ford may or may not take up moviemaking when he exits Gucci Group this spring, but one of the group’s handpicked design stars, Alexander McQueen, already has — albeit in a small way. On Sunday, when McQueen unveils his new men’s wear collection in Milan, his still life presentation will be accompanied by a short film he directed. Projected as a triptych, it stars McQueen’s friend and muse, Annabelle Neilson, and a male model, costumed, of course, in McQueen.
CLEAN SWEEP: The axed employees of LF Brands got word Thursday that they’ll be allowed to pick up their personal belongings at their former offices at 1412 Broadway in New York, beginning at 10 this morning. Those who worked on the second floor will be allowed to go up between 10 and 11 a.m.; third-floor workers can enter between 11 a.m. and noon, and those who worked on the fourth floor can go from noon to 1 p.m.“We’re still waiting to hear if they’ll fund payroll due on Dec. 24,” said a former employee, who requested anonymity. “We still don’t know if they have COBRA for January.”
RUN, DRIBBLE, SCORE, WEAR: Neil Barrett has reinforced his collaboration with athletic company Puma by designing a full-range wardrobe for the Italian national soccer team that players can wear on and off the field. The four-year project, co-signed by Puma and Barrett, will end with the next World Cup tournament, to be held in 2006.
The national team will don its new attire in February, when Italy plays Portugal in the preliminary round of the European championship. The British designer’s rendering, which runs from technical garb to formalwear, revolves around body-skimming silhouettes and an injection of street-like sporty elements into activewear.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)