SOUTHERN BELLES: The South may never be the same again.
Miuccia Prada plans to accompany André Leon Talley to Savannah, Ga., on Saturday to accept the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the third annual such presentation at the school. (Oscar de la Renta went in 2001, and Karl Lagerfeld was honored last year, but could not attend.)
Talley, who sits on the college board, said Prada was selected this year “because of her extraordinary ability to define the season,” he said. “Her collection last March defined the season for Milan and Paris.”
He did not seem concerned that Prada might seem a bit out of place in Savannah, and plans to take her to dinner at The Lady & Sons downtown, which offers a nightly buffet of such specialties as collard greens, creamed corn, cheese biscuits and something called “The Best Fried Chicken You’ve Ever Eaten,” according to its Web site.
“She loves to go to new cities and see cities in America she’s never seen,” Talley said. “I think she will respond to the inherent architecture and landscape of Georgia. She will respond to the novelty of it, and I hope she will respond to the food.”
BROADWAY BOUND: Chaiken designer Jeff Mahshie will dress Julianna Margulies for the Broadway debut of “Intrigue with Faye,” which begins previews tonight. Mahshie worked with Fabio Toblini, the costume director, to create an entire wardrobe for the run, which officially premieres on June 11. “As a Chaiken client, Julianna felt that this character’s chic urban sensibility was a perfect match for our collection,” Mahshie said.
GUCCI GOODS:Gucci’s recent fall trunk shows at its stores in New York and Beverly Hills showed a strong forecast for the collection, totalling more than $2.9 million in sales.
At its New York event, April 25 to 26, the store booked $1.8 million in orders, while customers ordered $1.2 million in Beverly Hills at an event May 9-10, said a spokeswoman.
Among the bestsellers, Gucci sold 30 white double-face coats with duchess satin inserts at $3,180, 27 ink nylon taffeta jackets with corset belts at $1,710, 24 ebony tricotine stretch jackets for $2,165, 26 black silk twill skirts for $1,245 and 28 ink stretch viscose leggings for $935.AFTER CANNES: Missoni is pulling off its own Rainbow Tour. After targeting the Cannes set, the firm will sponsor the Life Ball 2003 in Vienna to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, with a fashion show covering its past 50 years. To complete the theme, the runway will be shaped like a red ribbon, the fight against AIDS symbol, and will feature catwalk appearances by Pat Cleveland, Anna Piaggi, Alek Wek, Jodie Kidd, Mario Testino, and Morcheeba’s Skye.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye