Fashion Scoops: Stella’s New Store … It’s in the Bag … Name Game …
STELLA’S NEW STORE: Stella McCartney is revving up for the April opening of her first London unit: a four-story, 10,000-square-foot Georgian house on Bruton Street. The designer plans to dedicate an entire floor to bespoke tailoring —not...
STELLA’S NEW STORE: Stella McCartney is revving up for the April opening of her first London unit: a four-story, 10,000-square-foot Georgian house on Bruton Street. The designer plans to dedicate an entire floor to bespoke tailoring —not surprising, since McCartney did some of her training on Savile Row — and open a perfume room to showcase her first fragrance, which launches in September. Another room will be covered in marquetry, the 17th-century decorative technique using carved and inlaid wood. Other rooms will have tiled walls and handprinted wallpaper. In addition, a central skylight will illuminate all four floors. Later this year, the spotlight will fall once again on McCartney when a documentary about her life and work airs on terrestrial TV in Britain. Geoff Wonfor, who directed "The Beatles Anthology" and a documentary about Sir Paul McCartney, is shooting the film, which begins with McCartney’s last show at Chloé and follows her on her travels through Paris, London and Italy.
IT’S IN THE BAG: A shoe man for years, Christian Louboutin is finally striding into the handbag business. He plans to unveil his first full collection, with about 25 variations, during Paris Fashion Week in early March. Louboutin said he’s tested a few bags in his boutiques — with positive sales results — but most have been closely related to shoe styles. "But now, it will be more grown-up," he said. "Even if they’re twins [with the shoes], they don’t always have to go out together!"
NAME GAME: It might not be Donna, Ralph and Calvin, but with only five weeks and counting, Los Angeles Fashion Week is starting to take shape. WWD learned Friday that Rami Kashou, Luis Verdad, Corey Lynn Calter, Joey & T, Kablan by Therese Kablan, Pegah, Cynthia Vincent, Ashley Page, Rock & Republic, Eduardo Lucero, David Park, Nikolaki and Juniper & Jasper will kick things off March 31. Meanwhile, 7th on Sixth has awarded two more underwritten venues for its downtown "Mercedes-Benz Shows L.A." series, running April 1-4: Cornell Collins and Magda Berliner. Michelle Mason was the first to receive a space; a fourth slot is expected to be announced in the coming week.
THE BRITISH ARE COMING: The Brits are staking a claim at this year’s Academy Awards. Last week, Garrard representatives wined and dined the media, publicists and stylists in preparation for the arrival during Oscar week of creative director Jade Jagger, who will set up shop in a Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow for 10 days. And designer Matthew Williamson, on his first trip to Los Angeles, will be back to service his gowns. "I’m used to famous women wearing my clothes in London and New York, so Los Angeles isn’t drastically different, but it will be interesting to observe the whole spectacle," he said last Thursday. Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon will also be on hand, as she has during previous Oscar weeks, overseeing a team of artisans at a Peninsula suite customizing the stilettos of the stars.
THINK DRINK: Alexander Julian, who last spring introduced a high-end line of men’s clothing under the Alexander Julian Private Reserve label, is branching out. He’s produced a California red wine under the same label, that will be available midyear in limited distribution at American restaurants. A spokeswoman said the wine will be displayed but won’t be for sale at his men’s wear accounts, which include Neiman Marcus, Mitchell’s of Westport, Richard’s of Greenwich and Julian’s of Chapel Hill — they don’t have liquor licenses.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion