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.
@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