Fashion Scoops: Terror Alert … Internal Affairs … Flame Game …
TERROR ALERT: What do the ladies of the First Family do after a good deed, such as their surprise appearance at potential terror target Citigroup Center on Monday? They go shopping. Jenna and Barbara Bush were spotted buying a...
TERROR ALERT: What do the ladies of the First Family do after a good deed, such as their surprise appearance at potential terror target Citigroup Center on Monday? They go shopping. Jenna and Barbara Bush were spotted buying a good bit of fall merchandise from designer Rebecca Taylor’s Mott Street store on Tuesday morning, and even First Lady Laura Bush joined in on the fun, stopping by to approve their purchases — including pants, camisols, cardigans, a fake-fur jacket and sparkly ribbon belts perfect for the campaign trail.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS: Everyone on Seventh Avenue knows the value of a hard-working intern, and Donna Karan got a chance to show hers off on Tuesday when the 80 students working at the company this summer were invited to appear during a segment on “The Early Show” on CBS. But one intern was caught in a tough situation when she was asked on-air how many yards of fabric does it take to make a pair of pants. Considering the intern had focused her studies on visual merchandising, her managers were impressed when she hazarded a fairly accurate guess of “two.”
FLAME GAME: Giambattista Valli, creative director at Emanuel Ungaro, is training for the Olympic Games. No, he’s not competing in the javelin event or any other. Rather, he’s been asked by the Olympic committee to take part in the torch relay on Aug. 12, meaning he will have to run about 500 meters. Vacationing this week in Positano, Italy, Valli is said to be building up his cardiovascular endurance — and contemplating what to wear. After all, the committee told him the torch will be passed to him by none other than Naomi Campbell. His wardrobe suggestion for her: Azzedine Alaïa.
MAGLI’S MAN?: Sources in Milan say Bruno Magli has tapped Martino Scabbia Guerrini as its new general manager and chief executive officer, effective next month. Guerrini was previously general manager at Fay, a brand that’s part of Diego Della Valle’s Tod’s group. Guerrini will report to Luca Ramella, president of the Italian accessories company. Magli is owned by the Bulgari-backed Opera fund. Magli executives could not be reached for comment.BLONDE AMBITIONS: Alex and Brittany Smith, who shot to fame as the John Frieda “Sheer Blonde” twins, have given up modeling to pursue their ambitions as rock stars full time. The duo, known as Alex & Brit, are currently working with producer Dallas Austin in Atlanta as they seek a record deal for a release next year. While the 18-year-olds have had some practice, singing the line “Are you ready?” in Frieda’s TV spots, they’re looking to go professional under the name “MICA,” according to a rep.
FINDER’S PHI: As the first deliveries of Susan Dell’s new label Phi make their way to Colette in Paris and Restir in Tokyo this week, the designer wanted to make certain shoppers will have a resource to learn more about the collection as they discover it in stores. So the company retooled its Web site, phicollection.com, to incorporate a streaming video of Phi’s debut runway show, which company executives said is a teaser of things to come on the site, as the collection hits Neiman Marcus later this month and with the opening of a freestanding store at 71 Greene Street on Sept. 7. Julia Hansen, president of Phi, noted the video is programmed to run the natural size of a computer screen, as that “sets the mood of the collection with movement and music.”
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.