STAR SIGHTINGS: Men's fashion week in Milan is hardly shaping up to be a star-studded extravaganza, but a few big names have emerged. Roberto Cavalli invited former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham to walk the runway in a custom-made white gown featuring a bejeweled Oriental fan appliqué on the left hip. "I find men's shows a bit boring," quipped Cavalli pre-show. Backstage, Beckham was all too happy to slip into some fresh clothes since the airline lost her luggage on the flight from Los Angeles. "I've been in the same clothes for two days," she laughed. The wife of David Beckham and a budding fashion designer in her own right, Beckham disclosed that she's launching a men's denim collection this fall.
Closing the Dsquared show, Brittany Murphy walked down the stairs of a country manor and onto a real grass runway in an Empire-waisted black wool gown. Murphy was in town for a photo shoot with Dsquared twins Dan and Dean Caten, whom she met in London. "As a 5-foot, 3-inch actress, I felt like I won a contest to be able to go down a runway at a show in Milan," said Murphy, who doesn't rule out launching her own collection — albeit not in the near future. "I'm full of ideas. So one day, when it feels right to make the dream and ideas come to fruition, I will," she said.
FASHIONABLY EARLY: Yves Saint Laurent, for years the last major show of Paris Fashion Week, has relinquished its spot on the calendar. It is slated to show its fall 2006 collection on Thursday, March 2, instead of Sunday, March 5. YSL chief executive Valerie Hermann said the move is designed to get orders finalized earlier and to accommodate top store executives who might not stay until the very end of the international fashion circuit. For the moment, the shift leaves Louis Vuitton with the last word on the season.
SCREEN TEST: Up-and-coming French actor Malik Zidi has landed a starring role in fashion. Word has it the heartthrob is in a short film that will be unveiled in Milan today to introduce Fendi's latest men's collection. This is the second season Fendi, in full relaunch mode, has opted for a film in lieu of a runway show.
@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)