Fashion Scoops: St. John And De Sole? … The Polo Diet … Down-Home, Uptown
ST. JOHN AND DE SOLE?: As if there wasn’t already enough speculation surrounding him, Domenico De Sole turned up at the St. John Knits’ sales meeting Monday at the Four Seasons in Newport Beach, Calif.,...
ST. JOHN AND DE SOLE?: As if there wasn’t already enough speculation surrounding him, Domenico De Sole turned up at the St. John Knits’ sales meeting Monday at the Four Seasons in Newport Beach, Calif., mixing business and pleasure. De Sole, former chairman and chief executive officer of Gucci Group, is a pal of St. John ceo Richard Cohen. The pair engaged in a question-and-answer session in front of about 200 sales reps and executives, which led some to speculate that De Sole might join St. John’s board. A company spokeswoman declined to comment. Board chairman Jim Kelley said De Sole wasn’t on tap to serve, though he added, “He’d be awesome.’’
THE POLO DIET: A great perk of working at Polo Ralph Lauren’s 650 Madison Avenue headquarters — and there are said to be many — has been the daily breakfast free of charge for all employees. Now, it seems the days of bagels, doughnuts and fresh fruits are gone. Effective last Monday, breakfast was pretty much toast — pun intended. One staffer said the breakfast, which was served at 650 and 980 Madison Avenue, was nixed in fairness to some of the other Polo offices around town, which never had that benefit. A Polo spokeswoman declined comment.
There were even rumblings that the staple peanut M&M’s bowl at the company’s sixth floor reading room wasn’t going to be replenished, but thankfully, those rumors proved to be false. “I can’t imagine they’d abolish the M&M’s,” quipped a staffer. “If so, it’d be the end of an era.”
DOWN-HOME, UPTOWN: All the Bergdorf Goodman regulars showed up at the store Tuesday night to fete CeCe Cord’s new spring handbag line — store president and ceo Jim Gold, Helen Schifter, Nina Griscom, Blaine Trump, Celerie Kemble, Dennis Basso, Carolyn Roehm, and, of course, Damon Dash and his bodyguard. Dash was there “just following her around,” he said motioning over to his wife, Rachel Roy. “But, yeah, I come here a lot. Her line is here so I come to make sure it’s selling. I did some research here, too, when I went into the suit business.” The shoulder-to-shoulder crowd mingled to the bluegrass sounds of C.C. Adcock and the Gumbo Ya-Yas, a band Cord invited up from Louisiana. “I thought the name fit,” she said. Waiters passed oysters Rockefeller and vodka martinis that had a pickle green tint from the pepperocinis floating in them. Not surprisingly, one guest found them “a bit strange.”
@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