Fashion Scoops: Taking Cover … A-Musing … Doll Face …
TAKING COVER: Retired design great James Galanos recently lamented in these columns that “fashion is geared only to young people today. All I see is Levi’s and bare bellies.” Well, there were none of those at Ralph...
TAKING COVER: Retired design great James Galanos recently lamented in these columns that “fashion is geared only to young people today. All I see is Levi’s and bare bellies.” Well, there were none of those at Ralph Rucci’s Chado couture show on Thursday, where Galanos turned up in the front row to applaud. “I just met him less than a year ago,” he said of Rucci. “I have a great admiration for him. He has great style and taste. The clients, they need him.”
A-MUSING: Loulou de la Falaise, the former Yves Saint Laurent muse and collaborator who launched her signature line and Paris boutique four months ago, is coming to America. Bergdorf Goodman struck a deal to carry her collection exclusively in the U.S., beginning next spring, with a trunk show and personal appearance planned for this fall. “Not everyone has to have a runway show,” said Robert Burke, Bergdorf’s vice president and senior fashion director. “I was so impressed.” He noted that de la Falaise’s collection and jewelry would be housed near such collections as Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass.
DOLL FACE: Barbie’s fashion makeover is going dramatically upscale. For years, the poor girl could only get Bob Mackie to design her gowns, but come September, Mattel plans to introduce a simple beaded gray gown designed by Giorgio Armani. The dress was inspired by one of the gowns featured in his touring exhibition, although Barbie’s version only costs $134.99. But Armani is hardly selling out — the designer said he would turn over his royalties from sales of the Armani Barbie to YouthAIDS and Room to Grow.
AN OPEN BOOK: Queen Elizabeth has chosen William Shawcross to write the official biography of the late Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Shawcross is a former Sunday Times foreign correspondent and son of Hartley Shawcross, the chief British prosecutor at the Nuremberg war trials. The news should come as no surprise: William Shawcross wrote the very flattering television series and book “Queen and Country” to mark the Golden Jubilee last year. He has also written biographies of Rupert Murdoch, the Shah of Iran and Alexander Dubcek.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty