Fashion Scoops: That’s Show Biz…Jonesing For Johnson…Deja Vu…Riding Into Lone Star
THAT’S SHOW BIZ: Giorgio Armani is not one to beat around the bush. On Monday, during a news conference to present the issue of the Italian bimonthly, L’Europeo, dedicated to fashion, in which the designer wrote the preface, Armani...
THAT’S SHOW BIZ: Giorgio Armani is not one to beat around the bush. On Monday, during a news conference to present the issue of the Italian bimonthly, L’Europeo, dedicated to fashion, in which the designer wrote the preface, Armani reiterated his distaste for shocking runway shows that “ridicule fashion” and give a “distorted” image of the industry to the general public. “For many designers, what goes on the runway is only 20 percent of what they actually produce and sell,” said Armani, who lamented a general lack of good taste and a “fanatic” desire of many to do anything to gain a cover. Armani also said many fashion journalists were equally responsible for the public’s twisted view of fashion. “It’s their duty to educate the readers,” urged Armani.
Armani echoed a sentiment expressed by Diego Della Valle last month, who, in an interview with an Italian weekly, said the press was not critical of the collections and did not focus enough on the clothes but on the sensationalism of the shows.
JONESING FOR JOHNSON: A gaggle of fans flocked to Betsey Johnson’s Melrose Avenue boutique in Los Angeles to meet the designer Friday evening. Twenty percent of the night’s sales were donated to the National Breast Cancer Coalition and guests came bearing gifts and ready to shop. The booty included flowers, love letters and even a silk-screened dress, made that day, by fledgling designer Periel Aschenbrand. Many of the guests were long-term customers whose vintage Johnson attire was an archivist’s dream. “When I go vintaging, I end up buying armloads of my own clothes,” said Johnson as she hugged and greeted her guests.“I never saved them myself, but I’m seeing things here that are from 20 years ago.”
One devotee, who was in head-to-toe Johnson and had tailored one of her old dresses to fit her accompanying 10-year-old daughter, said, “I’ve worn Betsey for over 25 years and her designs are not only outside of the box, they last longer than most husbands.”
DEJA VU: LeSportsac president and chief executive officer Tim Schifter must have thought he had double vision when he logged on to eBay recently. The site featured a Barbie styled to resemble Gwen Stefani — as she appeared on a WWD front page last January — with red-tipped tresses, a red thong and bra peeping out from under a jumpsuit and even a miniature L.A.M.B. for LeSportsac handbag.“Of course, we bought it and just received it,” he said of the one-of-a-kind doll, which he thought a fan created and then put up for sale. The doll originated in Florida and even came with a certificate signed by its sender.
As for the real L.A.M.B. bags, Schifter said they are such a success that the company chartered a Boeing 747, which will be filled with “Gwen product” and flown in from Hong Kong in January. “Picture an entire 747 filled with these bags,” he said. “We just can’t meet the demand fast enough.”
RIDING INTO LONE STAR: Roberto Cavalli got a taste of Texas last week, but he hungered for a larger bite. “To stay here two days is not enough,” he said Wednesday during an hour-long appearance at Neiman Marcus’ flagship in Dallas. “I have to see the city, all the Neiman’s stores and meet my fans. I will be here one week next time.” Neiman’s entertained the designer in style, throwing a lavish cocktail party and runway show Tuesday at the Dallas Design Center that was attended by more than 400 people.
Cavalli’s flamboyant fall collection was modeled on a brightly lit, narrow carpet that wound like a racetrack through the SRO crowd, many of whom wore Cavalli. “He’s my favorite designer,” said Jacque Wynne, in a Cavalli animal-print jacket, top and pants. “If I had $1,000 left, I would buy part of a Cavalli.” A couple of women wore the designer’s painted leather pants from the Seventies, and they wouldn’t part with them when the designer offered to buy them back.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty