Fashion Scoops: Shuttered-Bugs … Flying Solo … Ivory Tower …
SHUTTERED-BUGS: Fur protesters weren’t the only disruption during Paris Fashion Week. Several photographers were taken into custody by police at the Chanel show on Monday for allegedly violating intellectual property laws in France....
SHUTTERED-BUGS: Fur protesters weren’t the only disruption during Paris Fashion Week. Several photographers were taken into custody by police at the Chanel show on Monday for allegedly violating intellectual property laws in France. Françoise Benhamou, head of judicial affairs and intellectual property at the French Fashion Federation, described an "illicit traffic" of photographs for profit that upset the federation and some of its largest members. She declined to identify the photographers, but it is believed they include Don Ashby, Marcio Madeira and Olivier Claisse. They could not immediately be reached for comment.
FLYING SOLO: Fashion people don’t always travel in pairs. That was the lesson Monday night when überhip Paris store Colette threw a bash to celebrate the launch of its new compilation CD. Although Karl Lagerfeld arrived with his frequent sidekick Hedi Slimane, Viktor Horsting of Viktor & Rolf made a rare appearance without his design partner, Rolf Snoeren, who was stuck in bed ill. Meanwhile, Milla Jovovich tore up the dance floor as music blared until the wee hours at the La Cigale music hall near Pigalle. And Colette hasn’t finished blowing off steam yet. The store plans to host a book-signing party for Pierre Bergé’s new tome, "Time Goes On, I Remain," on Thursday evening.
IVORY TOWER: Hélène Mercier Arnault, the statuesque wife of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman Bernard Arnault, tickled the ivories on Tuesday night at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, accompanied by Vladimir Spivakov on the violin. An accomplished concert pianist, Arnault entertained the likes of France’s First Lady Bernadette Chirac, deputy mayor and LVMH strategist Christophe Girard —and her husband, of course, who was unwinding after a busy fashion week.
MARK OF STARCK: You might call it the Starck-ification of Paris. Not only does design guru Philippe Starck have a major exhibit at the Pompidou museum here, he was asked to give Tuesday’s edition of the Left-leaning tabloid, Liberation, a graphic makeover. The result? Well, it’s rather stark. The cover featured no photograph, only text screaming "Chirac: No" on a red background, referring to French president Jacques Chirac’s intention of opposing war in Iraq. Starck also turned his hand to picture-editing and he went for the closeup — real close up — showing only the eyes of Chirac and President Bush.
@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