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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)