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.
@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)