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.”
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)