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.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.