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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)