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.
@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