Fashion Scoops: Silver Screen … Perry Lands Another Name … Fashion Ace
SILVER SCREEN: It isn’t only the costumes that are eye-catching in Focus Features’ movie “Vanity Fair,” which opens this week. On top of all her 19th-century finery, Reese Witherspoon’s character Becky Sharp...
SILVER SCREEN: It isn’t only the costumes that are eye-catching in Focus Features’ movie “Vanity Fair,” which opens this week. On top of all her 19th-century finery, Reese Witherspoon’s character Becky Sharp sparkles in Chanel Fine Jewelry throughout the film.
Pieces picked for the movie, which was directed by Mira Nair, include the “1920” lariat necklace of 330 diamonds, a Burmese ruby and a South Sea pearl; the “L’air” necklace featuring 14 oval rubies and 3,387 diamonds, and the “La Pluie” necklace and earrings of cascading diamonds and pearls.
This isn’t the first time Chanel has made its way into movies. In 1931, Sam Goldwyn picked Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel to dress studio actresses. The designer traveled to Hollywood for the assignment, outfitting the likes of Gloria Swanson, who wore a Chanel suit for the film “Tonight or Never.”
PERRY LANDS ANOTHER NAME: Perry Ellis International is continuing its campaign to build a team of notable designers, recruiting those who have had their own labels in the past but were not able to get by on their own. The company signed Jason Bunin to come on board on Friday in addition to creative director Jerry Kaye; Patrick Robinson, who is in talks to move from its women’s wear licensee to the corporate office, and William Calvert, who is designing its new Perry Ellis, Perry Ellis Portfolio and Perry Ellis America women’s outerwear in a license with Utex Fashion Group.
Bunin, who had his own ready-to-wear collection for men and women until folding a couple of years ago, will design a new men’s outerwear collection for the Perry Ellis brands in a license with Aberdeen Sportswear. The line is launching for spring 2005, according to Rachel Barnett, who joined PEI as president of licensing a month ago.
FASHION ACE: Serena Williams is looking to hit a few fashion shows while she is in New York for the U.S. Open this week and next. “I want to go to the Calvin Klein show,” said the tennis ace, who was at Niketown last Friday to show off the new bold denim and mesh looks by Nike that she will play in at the Open. “I love fashion week and I definitely plan to stop by a few shows. I think Nike has to get a fashion show.”Serena, a budding fashion designer who often sports bold looks on the court, said she was actively involved in designing the new looks, which also include a leather jacket, a black T-shirt with Swarovski crystals and black knee-length boots made of performance materials. Although Williams pulled out of the Olympics citing injuries, she said she feels good now and is ready for the Open, which gets under way today. “In this collection I am comfortable and I feel like a rock star.”
Meantime, Belgian tennis player Kim Clijsters won’t be competing in the U.S. Open this year, but that hasn’t stopped her from hobnobbing around town. Clijsters popped into Bloomingdale’s SoHo last Thursday night to help launch the new retro-inspired Fila U.S. Open Collection. “I am a little sad I won’t be playing this time, but I will be watching carefully,” said Clijsters, who was last year’s runner-up to fellow Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne. Clijsters pulled out of the Open in late July citing a wrist injury, which also forced her to miss the French Open and Wimbledon.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)