Fashion Scoops: The Big Picture … Fast Friends … Bagging It …
THE BIG PICTURE: Alexander McQueen’s appetite for art is bigger than his apartment. That’s why the designer recently bought a second London residence, primarily to accommodate a collection that includes large-scale works by Joel-Peter...
THE BIG PICTURE: Alexander McQueen’s appetite for art is bigger than his apartment. That’s why the designer recently bought a second London residence, primarily to accommodate a collection that includes large-scale works by Joel-Peter Witkin, Abigail Lane, Nick Knight, Steven Klein and Patty Chang. "I have to rebuild. Everything is too big!" McQueen said. Renovations on the new place in east London will take about a year. Besides an apartment in north London, McQueen also owns a 300-year-old cottage near Hastings.
FAST FRIENDS: During Paris Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton held a dinner in honor of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who collaborated with Marc Jacobs on Vuitton monogram accessories for spring. Now Murakami will play host. Jacobs is traveling to Tokyo next month to meet with local press, tour stores — and pay a visit to Murakami’s studios just outside the city.
BAGGING IT: Montblanc is thinking big for the opening tonight of its new flagship on Paris’ Champs-Elysées. The Richemont-owned firm commissioned six contemporary artists, including Gary Hume, David LaChapelle and Sylvie Fleury, to create monumental 10-foot-tall shopping bags that will remain on display outside the boutique through the New Year. Designed by Jean-Michel Willmotte, the new shop concept will be rolled out to Montblanc’s other boutiques around the world.
FUR EXCHANGE: When Language designer Ana Abdul reworked a few vintage fur coats in her fall collection, she figured it would simply be an editorial piece destined to sell only in her Mulberry Street store. But in a case of cross-trends, where vintage meets arts-and-crafts, Abdul’s handpainted and embroidered coats turned out to be a hit with retailers like Henri Bendel and Linda Dresner, which placed orders for more than 100 of the $2,700 coats. Now, Abdul just has to get the message out to sell them. To make them more visible, she’s sending out freebies to several high-profile Language customers, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Iman, Gisele Bündchen and J.Lo.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews