SUMMER SCHOOL: Ready-to-wear designers are continuing their march on the couture. Loulou de la Falaise, who just launched a signature collection and Paris boutique last month, is readying her next collection for July 7-10, when buyers and press will be in town for winter couture. A spokesman said a full runway show is not planned, but looks will be presented on models. De la Falaise will join such couture-crashers as Yohji Yamamoto, Azzedine Alaïa and Rick Owens who, as reported, is expected to present his debut collection for fur house Revillon in July.
PHAT CASH: Hip-hop king and Phat Farm founder Russell Simmons is consistently looking into new business endeavors, but this time he’s looking to help the financially challenged. In a partnership with Visa, Simmons is offering a Visa debit card to anyone who cannot open a bank account. "There are more than 70 million Americans who do not have bank accounts for one reason or another," he said on Wednesday during his opening night address at Fairchild’s second annual Teens & Tweens Summit in Los Angeles. "This card allows these people to buy their kids books and other important things and it’s not attached to a bank account. They are only allowed to spend what they have. It helps these people out and is going to make me a lot of money."
Meanwhile, model Tyra Banks showed up at the Summit on Wednesday with her mother, Carolyn London, to support Simmons, a long-time friend. But as it turns out, that wasn’t the only reason she dropped by. Although she said she is just in the beginning stages, Banks is doing some research in hopes of launching her own line of clothing. "I’m known for cheap chic, so that’s what I hope to do. Sort of a Mary-Kate and Ashley idea, but more my style." London is working as chief operating officer of Banks’ company, Bankable Inc.
DOGGIE GLOSSY: There’s a new fashion accessory in town and it’s one up from a dog, it’s a magazine about dogs, for dog lovers. Confused? Dogs Quarterly, otherwise known as DQ, has been dubbed the canine version of Vogue, and is due to launch at the end of this month. Published by All Fours Ltd., the first issue features "one of the most fashionable six-legged couples," Jodie Kidd and her Jack Russell, Inca, a feature on Crufts 100th anniversary, "hound about town" — fashionable dogwear, and a regular column by Mutt, (the editors’ dog and inspiration for DQ). "DQ will do for dogs what Tyler Brulé did for wallpaper," said Toby Rose, editor of the quarterly magazine. "The four-legged family member has become a fixture on fashion shoots, billboards and the big screen. Until now, they’ve never been credited and have always been sidelined, I wanted to put them in the middle of it all for a change and make them the focus."
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)