Fashion Scoops: Surprise … Religious Fun … Fur Liberia …
SURPRISE: Marc Jacobs’ Robert Duffy hit the big 5-0 last Thursday and, to celebrate, the company’s public relations director, Kate Waters, planned a night-before surprise party for 80 or so friends at Jefferson. How...
SURPRISE: Marc Jacobs’ Robert Duffy hit the big 5-0 last Thursday and, to celebrate, the company’s public relations director, Kate Waters, planned a night-before surprise party for 80 or so friends at Jefferson. How surprised was the birthday boy? Plenty. Duffy had returned from the Louis Vuitton show in Paris feeling a bit under the weather, and left work early on Wednesday to go home to bed. Naturally, Waters fretted, and dispatched some friends to literally drag Duffy out of bed to the restaurant.
At the party, Jacobs, who flew in from Paris for the event and the CFDA/Vogue Fund award dinner on Thursday, declined to address rumors that Vuitton is courting Uma Thurman for its spring campaign. When talk turned to the recent collections, he did, however, express been there-done that empathy for Stefano Pilati, who garnered rough reviews for his first effort for Yves Saint Laurent. “The first collection [for a storied house] doesn’t even count,” Jacobs said. “The first time, you’re just settling in and clearing your thoughts. You really get started with the second collection.”
RELIGIOUS FUN: Who says Mormon fundamentalism can’t make an interesting TV series? Certainly not HBO. Chloë Sevigny said at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure event last week that she’s currently working on “Big Love,” an upcoming series that will take a black-humor approach to religion in the way “Six Feet Under” does to death. Sevigny is set to play one of three wives of a polygamist — “and I’m the one that sort of has status because my father was a Mormon prophet,” she said of her character, with a laugh. According to Sevigny — who also is appearing in Woody Allen’s next film, “Melinda and Melinda” — the series also will star Harry Dean Stanton, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Bill Paxton.
FUR LIBERIA:Janice Combs, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Lloyd Klein, Kerry Kennedy, Tara Rockefeller and Cindy Adams piled into the St. Regis’ rooftop ballroom last Tuesday afternoon for Chie Imai’s fashion show and sale. At Francine LeFrak’s suggestion, the event benefited the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Afterward, Klein said he is looking into doing a fur collection and Wildenstein raved about the mosaic furs. But Kennedy had weightier things on her mind — war-torn Liberia, for starters.Well aware that the United Nations has received only half of the $520 million that has been pledged by various countries, she has been busy lobbying the delinquent nations to pony-up the payola.
Asked if she had her eye on any of Imai’s coats, Kennedy hesitated and then said with a laugh, “I can’t afford to, working on Liberia. Maybe if I was working on something else.”
HOTEL STORIES: It was a bustling day Thursday at Milan’s Hotel Bulgari. Spike Lee presented his latest film, “She Hates Me,” due to be released in Italy at the end of October, and said his next movie on World War II will be filmed in Italy. American Express, meanwhile, cordoned off the restaurant to launch Centurion, its legendary black card, in continental Europe. Bulgari’s chief executive officer, Francesco Trapani, was handed — naturally — the first Italian black card, now hand-forged out of titanium.
@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