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.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)