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.”
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion