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.
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“From concept to creation, my goal was to create beautiful pieces, with a variety of sizes, all at affordable prices,” said @joansmalls of the swimwear and intimate apparel she designed for @smartandsexysocial. The collection includes neon laced bras, sheer bodysuits and swimwear separates. The intimates collection will launch in July, while the swimwear collection will be available for purchase on Tuesday at select @walmart stores, walmart.com and smartandsexy.com. #wwdfashion