STANDING TALL: The veil lifted from Robert Graham’s sculpture “Torso” in Beverly Hills Wednesday night, eliciting such adjectives as “shocking, controversial and gorgeous,” from Fred Hayman to “erotic and perfect,” from Kelly Lynch. “It couldn’t be more inspirational to every girl who walks by,” Lynch added. The 14-foot-tall sculpture, a powerful woman’s body carved from solid aluminum blocks and mounted on a bronze pedestal, stands as the centerpiece of Rodeo Drive’s Walk of Style at the corner of Rodeo and Dayton Way. It marks the intersection where the first annual awards ceremony is set to honor Giorgio Armani on Sept. 9 and rings in a new era for the Golden Triangle. Some $18 million in enhancements, including upgraded landscapes and pedestrian walkways, are slated to begin this fall.
BEING BORING: The Pet Shop Boys, front row at the last Dior Homme show in Paris, have turned up, improbably, in another fashionable place: a Comme des Garçons ad. No, they don’t model any clothes, but rather lend some of their famous lyrics to the high-concept ads for Comme des Garçons Shirt, which are juxtaposed with insects and other creatures inhabiting close-up images of old Dutch Master paintings. Created by Studio, Ronnie Cooke Newhouse’s agency in London, the ads break soon in a range of magazines, including Vanity Fair, Nest, Purple and Vogue Hommes International.
FACING ELLEN: Stephanie Seymour is the new face of Ellen Tracy. Seymour, who had appeared in an Ellen Tracy campaign with Cindy Crawford in fall 2001, will have the camera all to herself this time. Steven Klein shot Seymour in New York, and the ads will break in consumer magazines in September. Crawford has been the face of Ellen Tracy since spring 1999. A spokeswoman for the brand said, “It was time to make a change, and it seemed logical.”
ROTHSCHILD RICHES NICKED: English police are still hunting for five men who broke into one of England’s finest stately homes this week, stealing a stash of French, 18th century gold boxes. Five masked thieves broke into Waddesdon Manor at 2 a.m. Tuesday, snatching 140 boxes from the estate that was built by the Rothschild family, and is today managed by Lord Jacob Rothschild. A spokeswoman for Waddesdon, which is located outside London in Buckinghamshire, declined to put a value on the boxes, but sources said they were worth several million dollars.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)