Fashion Scoops: Stun Gun … Air Time … Puppy Love …
STUN GUN: Hussein Chalayan’s show late Friday was preceded by a storm of controversy over his invitation. It depicts a blindfolded young girl brandishing a handgun. Backstage, Chalayan defended the choice, saying the image documents the fact that...
STUN GUN: Hussein Chalayan’s show late Friday was preceded by a storm of controversy over his invitation. It depicts a blindfolded young girl brandishing a handgun. Backstage, Chalayan defended the choice, saying the image documents the fact that children emulate the violent behavior of adults during play at times of war. "It’s about the kind of world I don’t want to live in," he said. "All my work is about contradictory motives." But told that some retailers and editors found his invitation "repugnant" and "distasteful," Chalayan shot back: "If people find it distasteful they should pick up a book or read a newspaper and see what’s going on in the world." Meanwhile, the shy designer is coming out of his shell. He learned to play bass guitar especially for the show and it was the first time he performed before an audience. The other band members were friends. How did Chalayan do? Not bad. He only dropped the guitar pick once.
AIR TIME: Television cameras will be trailing Kuwaiti retailer Majed Al-Sabah today as he goes about his business: attending runway shows, writing orders and hunting for new talent in the nooks and crannies of Paris. The segment is slated to air on Nov. 3 on "Capital" — a popular newsmagazine show on M6. The crew already spent five days in Kuwait, where Al-Sabah’s Villa Moda store features many Italian, but few French, designers. Not surprisingly, it’s been a persistent line of questioning. "I was very honest with them," he said. "Some French companies need to get their act together."
PUPPY LOVE: There’s a new member of the Tom Ford household: A four-month-old smooth fox terrier. His name is Angus. And Ford will soon be adding to his menagerie. He’s shopping for horses next week in Florida.
TO-DYE-FOR LACROIX: Pucci isn’t the only collection new to Christian Lacroix these days. The couturier signed on with German hair care brand Schwarzkopf to create four home hair dyes for its Brillance Haute Collection. The mahogany, brown, violet and red hues concocted with him are meant to reflect colors in Lacroix creations.
JUST LIKE COUSINS: Gilles Dufour, presenting his colorful collection in a town house on the Place des Victoires, got a visit from an old friend: Catherine Deneuve. "Gilles is like my best cousin," the actress quipped between drags on an ultra-thin cigarette. "It’s better than being a brother."
SWITCHEROO?: Tilda Swinton, a big fan of Viktor & Rolf, turned up Saturday at Balenciaga. Has she switched style camps? "Absolutely not. I’ll be there in a minute," she said, referring to the Dutch duo’s show a few hours later. But her blue trouser suit, trimmed in black braid, was not Viktor & Rolf. "It’s my own. Don’t you think it’s very Granny Takes a Trip à la 1972," she said, referring to the legendary boutique on King’s Road in London. Over the weekend, Swinton also made an appearance at Alexander McQueen and is expected tonight at YSL.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty