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.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)