THAT SEVENTIES GLOW: It’s not considered the encore to its blockbuster collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld last November, but H&M has quietly joined forces with another designer: Elio Fiorucci. He created what the Swedish fashion giant calls a “poolside” collection for women, men and children. Slated for delivery to about 1,000 H&M stores in June, it spans retro visors, flip-flops, T-shirts, totes and bikinis, many showcasing bright, tropical-themed prints. Shoppers in Milan will have a special feeling of deja vu come summer: the H&M flagship there was previously the historical Fiorucci store.
ON THE CATWALK: Paging the next Wendy Pepper. Whether or not you're a Machiavellian matron, this weekend marks the last call for auditions for the second season of "Project Runway." After days at Banana Republic in Rockefeller Center earlier this week, the scouting team heads to Miami Friday and Saturday to hole up at the Sofitel to meet the future Michael Kors and Donna Karan. Potential contestants are asked to bring three articles of clothing of their own design and a picture portfolio. Best of luck, and you may now leave the runway.
KOURNIKOVA RETURNS: Except for her canoodling with Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova hasn’t been in the limelight much these days, but the former tennis star is slated to come out on behalf of her longtime sponsor Adidas to open the company’s new performance store in SoHo on May 7. Although she hasn’t played competitive tennis in nearly two years, Kournikova still represents Adidas at clinics and events nationwide. Boxer Laila Ali, football player Jeremy Shockey, basketball star Sebastian Telfair and members of the New York Yankees are among the athletes scheduled to help to cut the ribbon and sign autographs in a day of activities at the company’s largest sport performance store.
COSTUME DRAMA: For the first time, a stage character will be wearing Miu Miu, now that Miuccia Prada has agreed to provide pieces from the line’s current and previous collections to the protagonist and two male characters of the comedy “Tiny Alice,” written by Edward Albee of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” fame, and directed by Abel Ferrara. The play also marks the theatrical debut of the American director. “Tiny Alice” will run April 26 to May 8 at the Colosseum Theater in Rome, not to be confused with the ancient Roman monument.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)