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.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty