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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews