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.
@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