Fashion Scoops: Show Time … Blonde Ambition … A La Tommy …
SHOW TIME: John Galliano had showgirl types on his couture runway in July. Now the fashion flock can see the real thing: excerpts from the "C’est Magique" show at the Lido, where Christian Dior is hosting the launch party for Addict fragrance...
SHOW TIME: John Galliano had showgirl types on his couture runway in July. Now the fashion flock can see the real thing: excerpts from the "C’est Magique" show at the Lido, where Christian Dior is hosting the launch party for Addict fragrance tonight. The dress code? "Admit It." Huh? That’s the new name for the clothing and accessories line formerly known as Addict. Turns out Dior cannot use Addict for the fashion category for legal reasons. Meanwhile, celebrities galore are expected in Dior’s front row. Word has it expected guests include Penélope Cruz, Christina Ricci, Claire Danes, Rosanna Arquette, Anna Kournikova and Laura Dern.
BLONDE AMBITION: Narciso Rodriguez was the surprise guest at Donatella Versace’s post-show party Tuesday night in Milan. Could the New York designer be trolling for backers? "Wait and see," a coy Rodriguez quipped when questioned about his presence in Milan. Meanwhile, the guest of honor, Britney Spears, proved she could teach P. Diddy a thing or two about bodyguard management — even within the confines of her new buddy Donatella’s place. When a male model asked her to dance, the mountainous men in black hovered not so discretely at the edge of the dance floor.
A LA TOMMY: Calvin Klein, in Paris to fete his new boutique, isn’t the only American in town on Avenue Montaigne. Tommy Hilfiger turned up Wednesday night at the cocktail to fete the new Gucci boutique on the tony strip. Hilfiger didn’t bring a tape measure, but the designer said he is scouting space in Paris for a Tommy Hilfiger flagship. "It all depends if I can get the right location," he said. But don’t expect him at any shows. Hilfiger said he’s all business this trip.
VERSACE VISION: We all know that Donatella Versace is a woman in charge, and now she can even call herself editor in chief of the house — publishing house, that is — of Versace. To celebrate her spring runway show, Donatella unveiled her new biannual magazine Tuesday night in Milan. The cover model? You guessed it: Ms. D herself, in all her blond brilliance. In her editor’s note, Donatella says that she saw the magazine as a "chance to show the inspirations and aspirations behind the vibrance and urban sophistication that Versace is all about." The 96-page, oversized glossy features photo spreads by Marilyn Minter and Jack Pierson, Q&As with Madonna and Britney Spears and party coverage of Versace bashes. The company printed 15,000 magazines to be distributed to Versace boutiques, specialty fashion retailers, global hotels, select newsstands and top Versace customers. The second issue comes out next spring.
PARIS LOGJAM: If you get blocked in major traffic snarls on your way between fashion shows in Paris today, don’t fret — you’re not the only one. Tens of thousands of union members are expected to throng the streets in a massive protest march, throwing traffic into a tailspin. They have a bone to pick with Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, whose rightist government has proposed legislation to overhaul the country’s massive public service sector. Union members from the state-controlled gas and electric company, EDF-GDF, Air France, the post office and the SNCF train service are among those expected to march.
THEY’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS: They could have been joined at birth. Philip Miller surprised Burt Tansky last Thursday by showing up at the Neiman Marcus gala opening in Coral Gables, Fla., and next week they rendezvous in Paris, when the two retail veterans receive the historic Legion of Honor. First conceived to recognize war heroes in the early 1800s, the award has grown to recognize many walks of life — even retailers that promote French designers.
"We’ve got a lot of history too," said Miller, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Fifth Avenue. "Burt and I go back 30 years. I was the divisional of cosmetics and accessories at Filene’s and he managed the Filene’s in Peabody, Mass. He was as funny then as he is now."
They also worked together at Saks, both reporting in to the late Mel Jacobs, before becoming friendly rivals, when Tansky headed up Bergdorf Goodman and Miller succeeded Jacobs as ceo of Saks. Tansky is currently chairman and chief executive of The Neiman Marcus Group, and Miller heads up Philip B. Millers Associates consulting.
The Legion of Honor will be bestowed in a precedent-setting joint ceremony for Tansky and Miller at the Carousel du Louvre. They’ll be decorated by France’s minister of industry, Madame Nicole Fontaine, followed by a cocktail reception for hundreds of guests. They are also both planning to attend each other’s dinners being held in their honor in Paris.
"I feel very honored by this recognition," Miller said. "Members of †he Legion are remarkable people.""I am looking forward to receiving the award," Tansky said. "France has been a very important part of our designer mix at Neiman’s. French design brings so much elegance, style, quality and specialness to our assortments. For many years, we have been building our business with the French designers. We think it’s a continuing opportunity."
Meanwhile, in a tilt to France, Christian Lacroix was to receive his Legion of Honor Wednesday night.
LE GRAND DIVERTISSEMENT, PART DEUX? Almost 29 years have passed since the groundbreaking Versailles fashion show, at which a handful of American designers upstaged their French competitors and turned the fashion world on its ear. While it might not be on quite the same scale, New York Fashion International is staging a Paris show for six designers who produce half or more of their clothing in New York. Rubin Chapelle, Victor de Souza, Vilma Mare, David Rodriguez, Alice Roi and Gaelyn & Cianfarani will each show six looks from their spring collections in an informal presentation at the American Consulate in Paris on Wednesday.
New York garment workers have been hard-hit in the past year, as the slowdown of the U.S. economy forced plants to close. New York Fashion International is a joint program of the Garment Industry Development Corp., the Fashion Center Business Improvement District and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Elle magazine is sponsoring the show. "This industry has had a really tough year since Sept. 11, and yet there are still a lot of great ideas coming out of New York," said Linda Dworak, president of GIDC. "We’ve got over 50,000 workers here, many of whom are very skilled craftspeople, and they make a lot of high-end fashion in New York. We want to show that ‘Made in New York’ is about quality and design and creativity."
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)