Fashion Scoops: Talent Scouts … In the Bag … No Deal for Pilot …
TALENT SCOUTS: Those who haven’t gotten their fix of “American Idol” simply had to head to the DKNY flagship on Madison Avenue Monday night. DKNY hosted Working Playground’s annual Voices of Promise Benefit, which raises funds...
TALENT SCOUTS: Those who haven’t gotten their fix of “American Idol” simply had to head to the DKNY flagship on Madison Avenue Monday night. DKNY hosted Working Playground’s annual Voices of Promise Benefit, which raises funds for arts education in New York City’s public schools. Talented youngsters, ranging in age from seven to 18, sang, rapped and read poetry and were introduced by such celebrities as Rosie Perez, Q-Tip, Russell Simmons, Annabella Sciorra, Fisher Stevens, Julianna Margulies, George Wolfe and Ric Burns. When Gabriel Byrne showed up unexpectedly, Perez called out, “Everybody say ‘happy birthday’ to Gabriel,” who was celebrating his 53rd that night. Byrne was in no rush, though — he lingered at the store with the other celebs until 10:30 p.m., an hour and a half after the event was over.
IN THE BAG: The first collection hasn’t even hit stores yet, and LeSportsac has already extended its collaboration with rock star Gwen Stefani to a second season. To that end, Timothy Schifter, chief executive and co-owner of the New York-based handbag company, hung out at Stefani’s home in historic Griffith Park in Los Angeles Monday, working out designs and details for a spring 2004 “Gwen Stefani — L.A.M.B. for LeSportsac” collection. The line will have some of the elements of the inaugural pieces, but the rest is still hush-hush. It all will preview at the August accessories shows, with a launch party slated in New York just before fashion week there. As for Stefani’s much-anticipated L.A.M.B. apparel line, which will coordinate with the LeSportsac bags, retailers will likely get a first look in time for spring buys, too.
NO DEAL FOR PILOT: Talks between The Children’s Place specialty chain and Ken Pilot, former J. Crew ceo and former president of Gap brand, concluded last week and it looks like there’s no deal. Pilot was being considered for a high post to help put the sparkle back into the chain’s merchandising, but according to a source, “it’s not going to happen. They couldn’t agree on the terms of the contract.”
Pilot was trying to turn around J. Crew when ex-Gap ceo Mickey Drexler took his place earlier this year. The Children’s Place is another turnaround project, and Pilot was being considered for a top merchant position, filling a big vacancy and reporting to Ezra Dabah, chairman and ceo of the 650-unit chain.MOMS AWAY: Cindy Crawford, her mother, Jenny Maluf, and grandmother, Dorothy Walker, celebrated Mother’s Day by hosting the Colleague Helpers in Philanthropic Services’ fifth annual Mother’s Day luncheon with a Dolce & Gabbana fall fashion show in Beverly Hills on Friday. “It’s not about me,” quipped Crawford, revealing the reason her mother and grandmother flew in from Illinois for the weekend. “It’s to hang out with my kids,” she said, referring to Presley, 3 1/2, and Kaia, 1 1/2. Crawford’s grandmother boasts 70 descendants, with two more on the way. Crawford said she is not among the expecting.
Maluf shared with the audience her secret to motherhood. “It’s tempting to be the good guy — the friend,” she told 375 attendees. “But kids need you to be the parent the most.”
It was a good week for Dolce & Gabbana. In addition to a certificate extending to C.H.I.P.S. guests a 25 percent discount on spring merchandise at the Rodeo Drive store through May 17, a separate in-store fall trunk show ended Saturday and pulled in more than $500,000, according to the company.
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye