Fashion Scoops: Showing Off…What The Diva Wears…Ciao Gigi…Armani’s Welcoming…
SHOWING OFF: “My show is already over!” Christian Lacroix declared with a hearty laugh last week, discussing his plans for Paris fashion week Oct. 7-14. As reported, Lacroix will not stage a runway show, nor a presentation...
SHOWING OFF: “My show is already over!” Christian Lacroix declared with a hearty laugh last week, discussing his plans for Paris fashion week Oct. 7-14. As reported, Lacroix will not stage a runway show, nor a presentation for his ready-to-wear collections this season. In lieu, the couturier went through the motions of show preparations at his atelier last week — and photographed the results. These will be dispatched in DVD format, along with music, so editors and retailers can get a sense of his direction for the season. “It’s much more the mood of backstage,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Ghesquière, who’s also skipping the runway this season, enumerated his contingency plans for Balenciaga. He’s scheduled a press presentation with models on Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. in his showroom on Rue Cassette — the same day he shoots a video used in Balenciaga stores. There will be subsequent presentations for buyers and appointments with editors to view the collection throughout fashion week. “We really want to welcome everyone in our new showroom,” said a Balenciaga spokesman. But editors invited to attend the event will have to make choices. Swiss firm Akris has organized a runway show off calendar that same day, same time. “We’re disappointed,” an Akris spokeswoman said about the overlap. “We hope our loyal supporters will turn out.” The Balenciaga spokesman also downplayed the conflict, since “there will be many opportunities in the week to see the Balenciaga collection.”
WHAT THE DIVA WEARS: Renée Fleming, the soprano singing Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” at tonight’s season opener at the Metropolitan Opera, will make her arrival in a burgundy brocade gown by Oscar de la Renta, with matching ruby and diamond drop earrings and broaches from Harry Winston.
“I met Oscar in Paris last summer and he said he’d love to do something for me,” Fleming said. “We went through the book for the season and Oscar pulled out one of the gowns that was perfect. It’s almost a tribute to Violetta, and built like the costumes in the show.”Fleming generally tours the opera houses of the world in Gianfranco Ferré or Issey Miyake, but now that her schedule has increased, she’s realized the advantages of shopping several houses.
“I really love it,” Fleming said. “I call it one of the perks of being a diva.”
CIAO GIGI?: Sources in Milan say Gigi Vezzola is leaving his post as creative director at Samsonite Blacklabel. Reached by phone, Vezzola declined to comment, although he said he will be present at the spring presentation on Thursday. Vezzola, who previously worked at Krizia and Dolce & Gabbana, was tapped by Samsonite in 2000. A spokesman at Samsonite said the company was “not aware” that Vezzola had plans to leave.
ARMANI’S WELCOMING: To launch the new 1,600-square-foot Giorgio Armani boutique at Bergdorf Goodman tonight, the company is teaming with the monthlong Artwalk promotion with a cocktail party hosted by Peter Jennings. Armani will preview 50 pieces of art that will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at the end of October, benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless and including works by Donald Baechler, Jenny Holzer, Cindy Sherman, Cecily Brown, Vanessa Beecroft and Matthew Barney. Some of the works will remain in the second-floor Armani department and in Bergdorf’s Fifth Avenue windows through Oct. 22.
UNINVITED GUESTS: If rtw designers can invade couture week, why shouldn’t activewear makers gain a sneaker-shod foothold in Paris’ rtw parade? Not only is Adidas staging a show for its Yohji Yamamoto-designed Y-3 collection on Oct. 9, Nike is crashing the party, too. It invited 25 Japanese artists to present works inspired by its 1986 white “Dunk” shoe and is exhibiting them at the Palais de Tokyo art museum Oct. 9-12. The show is then slated to travel to New York and Tokyo.
@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