Fashion Scoops: Talking Calvin … Big in Japan … Ambassador Armani
TALKING CALVIN: The Calvin Klein rumor mill went into overdrive on Wednesday with speculation that, (a) the designer’s business could be back on the block; (b) a megadeal is in the works for a new partnership; (c) there’s a major move...
TALKING CALVIN: The Calvin Klein rumor mill went into overdrive on Wednesday with speculation that, (a) the designer’s business could be back on the block; (b) a megadeal is in the works for a new partnership; (c) there’s a major move involving the company’s licenses, or (d) all of the above. A Calvin Klein spokesman would not comment on the rumors, and Barry Schwartz, chairman of Calvin Klein Inc., did not return calls by press time.
One rumor that’s been circulating for about a month involves Phillips-Van Heusen, which has been in an aggressive growth mode recently, as evidenced by Monday’s announcement of a long-term licensing agreement with Kellwood to produce a moderate-priced women’s lifestyle collection with its Izod label. PVH, also Calvin’s men’s shirt licensee, has been identified as an interested suitor in the bids for Calvin Klein assets held by Warnaco during the underwear and jeans giant’s bankruptcy proceedings.
The common theory is that PVH is interested in taking on the rest of Calvin Klein men’s business, and possibly more. But there’s a hitch (isn’t there always?). Calvin Klein himself has maintained a public policy of "No Sale" since he pulled the company off the market two years ago after several companies — among them, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Gucci Group, Tommy Hilfiger, Dickson Poon, Liz Claiborne and Jones Apparel Group — took a look, but wouldn’t pony up for the estimated total price of $1 billion that Schwartz and Klein were said to be asking for their respective 43 percent shares in the business.
BIG IN JAPAN: You might mistake the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo for the LVMH tower this week. Marc Jacobs checked in Wednesday for a three-day press junket to promote his collaboration on Louis Vuitton accessories next season with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. John Galliano and his design team are here, arriving from China where they were researching upcoming collections for Christian Dior. And the top brass are on their way, too. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman Bernard Arnault and Dior president Sidney Toledano were slated to travel eastward as well.
But not before Arnault could join in the unveiling of Vuitton’s store windows in its Champs-Elysées flagship in Paris on Tuesday night, complete with a special guest decorator. Robert Wilson, the celebrated stage director, found it natural to turn his talents to dressing the brand’s windows for Christmas. "It’s just framing a different type of emotion," Wilson commented. "Fashion’s as much of a show as anything." For the windows, which will decorate Vuitton’s stores around the world through early January, Wilson suspended Vuitton bags and clothing from fluorescent walls and then painted the windows with a slanted LV logo. "I’ve always been a huge Bob Wilson fan," Arnault said, as the fete moved from the sidewalk into the store. "To bring his creativity to Vuitton’s craftsmanship was a natural marriage." Arnault was referring to the collection of Monogram Vernis bags that Wilson decorated in a range of fluorescent colors with the same slanted monogram used for the Christmas windows. "I didn’t really do that much," Wilson demurred. "The bags, their forms, already existed. All I did was wrap them up like a Christmas gifts."They will be sold in Vuitton stores starting Friday through early January.
AMBASSADOR ARMANI: Giorgio Armani opened the doors of his Milan Teatro on Wednesday to welcome the United Nation’s High Commissioner of Refugees and to premiere a U.N. documentary on the plight of refugees in war-torn Colombia.
The 20-minute film, shot in Ecuador and Colombia and featuring Angelina Jolie, is part of the UNHCR’s effort to raise $8 million in 2003 for displaced people afflicted by guerrilla and paramilitary troops in Colombia.
"I was actually envious of [Jolie]," said Armani, a goodwill ambassador to the UNHCR, following the screening of the film. "I would very much like to go on location and do something such as that."
He might soon get his wish. The designer said he’s studying a possible trip to Afghanistan with the UNHCR this spring. Meanwhile, Armani said he’s also looking into a possible trade/production agreement with UNHCR-appointed countries. An Armani spokesman said such an agreement could include selling Afghanistan-made products through Armani Casa stores, with all proceeds going to help the Afghan people.
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