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.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)