SUPER CONNECTED: Putting her far-flung fashion, modeling and party contacts to work, Naomi Campbell is about to stride into the world of high-end event planning and consulting. The supermodel is setting up a New York company, called NC Connect...
SUPER CONNECTED: Putting her far-flung fashion, modeling and party contacts to work, Naomi Campbell is about to stride into the world of high-end event planning and consulting. The supermodel is setting up a New York company, called NC Connect Communications, that will provide a range of "networking" services, from planning deluxe vacations to organizing lavish parties, complete with top musical talent — and models galore, of course.
MONTANA MOVES: Stephane Parmentier has been named the new women’s ready-to-wear designer at Claude Montana, house president Beatrice Bongibault told WWD on Wednesday. Parmentier’s runway debut is scheduled for Oct. 6 during Paris Fashion Week. Claude Montana himself remains a consultant to the house, while Parmentier, 35, will continue to design his three-season-old signature line, which is carried exclusively in the U.S. by Saks Fifth Avenue. While relatively unknown outside of Paris, Parmentier has more than 17 years of fashion experience, working for such houses as Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld and Givenchy, and earning a reputation for his constructed, geometric silhouettes. "He has a firm grasp of what Montana should be," said Bongibault.
VALENTINO’S VENETIAN VOYAGE: After a week of cruising around Croatia on Valentino’s private yacht, Gwyneth Paltrow is expected to slip out of the bikini and into something more glam for the opening ceremonies of the 59th annual Venice Film Festival tonight. The actress, who’s accompanying Valentino to the festivities, will, of course, be dripping in one of his signature gowns. A spokeswoman for Valentino said Paltrow had several looks to choose from, including some of the sexy serpent numbers from Valentino’s latest couture collection. Paltrow is just one of many A-list celebrities expected on the Lido’s red carpet this year. Tom Hanks, on hand to promote his film, "Road to Perdition," will also climb aboard Valentino’s yacht for a private luncheon the designer is throwing in honor of the Academy Award winner.
ETERNAL YOUTH: Jean Paul Gaultier may have turned 50 recently, but he’s hardly over the hill. Vacationing in Lisbon earlier this month, the French designer partied hard with the locals and tourists. Gaultier was spotted in the streets, bars and restaurants of Barrio Alto, where he began and ended many nights with caipirinha in hand and friends in tow, politely fielding introductions from fans who spotted the blonde "enfant terrible."
THE FAST AND THE FASHIONABLE: The worlds of Italian fashion and Italian Formula One racing are revving up for a fund-raising evening on Sept. 11 to benefit the National Italian American Foundation and commemorate 9/11. Organized by the Italian Buyers Organization and spearheaded by Kean Etro and Massimo Ferragamo, the benefit will start with some laps around the Milan racetrack as the Italian National Racecar team goes head-to-head with the Italian National Fashion Designers team, and will finish with some laps around the buffet table with a gala dinner at the Four Seasons in Milan. Among the expected participants are Ferrari champ Michael Schumacher, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Francesco Trussardi and Diesel’s Renzo Rosso — although which designers would actually be putting their pedals to the metal was still undecided.
REVVING RYKIEL: London may be the first stop on the international fashion calendar this season, but Sonia Rykiel is getting a jump-start,
kicking off the marathon Sept. 4 in Paris by showcasing her secondary line, Sonia, on the runway at the Institute of the Arab World. Rykiel is putting new oomph behind the four-year-old label. She just opened her first Sonia store in Paris at 61 Rue des Saints-Peres. What’s more, it will be offered to American retailers for the first time, at Rykiel’s New York showroom and at Fashion Coterie. Heavy on knits and sportswear and light in spirit, it’s priced about 30 to 40 percent less than Rykiel’s top line.
ANNE KLEIN’S EUROPEAN TEST: Anne Klein is on double-fashion duty this season. The bridge line will put on a runway collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York and then will head over the Atlantic to show for the first time during the Milan collections. A Milan-based representative for Anne Klein said the presentation is an informal step to introducing the brand to the European market. To help move along that introduction, the company has reportedly tapped Parisian-based DJ Dimitri to spin during its Sept. 27 Milan presentation.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye