Fashion Scoops: Star System … Making Tracks … Narciso in Texas …
STAR SYSTEM: Roberto Cavalli has invited four dates — Susan Sarandon, Macy Gray, Miss Universe Justine Pasek and Candace Bushnell — to the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars on Thursday, but hasn’t yet confirmed which...
STAR SYSTEM: Roberto Cavalli has invited four dates — Susan Sarandon, Macy Gray, Miss Universe Justine Pasek and Candace Bushnell — to the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars on Thursday, but hasn’t yet confirmed which star will present his award. Meanwhile, others in the lineup are said to include Fran Lebowitz, who will present to Graydon Carter; Tilda Swinton to Viktor & Rolf; and Anna Wintour to Baz Luhrmann. But the biggest — literally — highlight of the evening could be Sarah Jessica Parker, who’s slated to present an award to Manolo Blahnik. That is, if the delivery of her baby, expected any moment, doesn’t come first.
MAKING TRACKS: Calista Flockhart, Mena Suvari and Natalie Cole may want to follow their 100 fellow guests tonight and consider a carpool. With Gianvito Rossi, son of Sergio Rossi, choosing Tony Duquette’s fantastical estate Dawnridge for his VIP dinner bash benefiting Cedars-Sinai Research for Women’s Cancers, traffic leading up the narrow, curving road behind the Beverly Hills Hotel is sure to rival the action on cruising magnet Sunset Boulevard — but with more limos. "We wanted a special place that hasn’t been overexposed," said a Rossi source. Tell that to the neighbors: they’ll have to listen to DJ Adam 12 waxing the funk well after midnight.
NARCISO IN TEXAS: Narciso Rodriguez is taking his spring collection to Dallas for his largest out-of-town fashion event to date — a runway show on Sunday night at one of the city’s residential highlights, a 12,000-square-foot home designed by Philip Johnson. "Having it in an architecturally significant house is just perfect with Narciso’s clothes," said Brian Bolke, owner of the designer shop Forty Five Ten that is hosting the event and a trunk show with Rodriguez on Monday. Given that the house, designed for the Beck construction family in 1962, boasts twin sweeping bronze staircases and 20-foot ceilings, the architecture might be a bit more overt than Rodriguez’ subtle taste, but the event is for charity, after all, and benefits the Child and Family Guidance Center. TV health counselor Dr. Phil and his family are hosting the party, which also will feature a performance by society singer Sasha Lazard.
MARIMEKKO’S SECOND ACT: It’s been called Lily Pulitzer for liberals. It’s Marimekko, the brightly colored, boldly patterned Finnish textiles and fashion that reached the height of its popularity in the early Seventies and is now experiencing something of a comeback. In late November, Marimekko’s licensed boutique, which has occupied the second floor of 698 Madison Avenue for 11 years, will relocate to a 900-square-foot ground floor shop at 1262 Third Avenue, between 72nd and 73rd Streets.
"We’ve wanted to make the move to the ground floor for a couple of years," said Josie Chekouras, the store’s owner. "Marimekko has been very much in demand. It’s very cheerful and fresh and fun," something customers find especially appealing in light of the precarious economy.
Chekouras plans to keep the existing Marimekko store and the new Third Avenue unit open through the Christmas season. She declined to provide sales projections.
Michael Goodfriend, a broker at Newmark Realty, said rents in that part of Third Avenue average $225 per square foot. "The area is very tight," he added. "There’s no space available."
In addition to the Marimekko store, Clearly First, a high-end shop at 980 Madison Avenuespecializing in fine art, furniture and fashion by Scandinavian artists and designers, will sell an exclusive collection of Marimekko fabrics and eveningwear. Clearly First’s owner, Hélène Hellsten, said she was taken by Jaana Parkkila’s simple and elegant designs for Marimekko and arranged to sell them in her store.
BLUE JEAN BABY: Alice Harris, author of "The Blue Jean," was in her element Monday night at a Gap-sponsored book-launch party. Running from room to room at M Studio in lower Manhattan with a camera crew in tow was "so much fun," she said, "but my feet hurt." Celebrating with the author was singer Tweet and her friend of 30 years, Donna Summer, who also attended the event. (Tweet sang, Summer did not.)
"The Blue Jean" is Harris’ second book, she also wrote "The White T" in 1996. She said she hopes to have another one finished by Christmas 2004, but was mum on the topic.
@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