Fashion Scoops: The Blass Word … Wash and Wear … Armani Chop …
THE BLASS WORD: Bill Blass did not get around to dedicating his memoirs before his death, but he did pen a tribute to Carole Lombard in a second book coming out in October, “Bill Blass: An American Designer,” which Abrams is printing as a...
THE BLASS WORD: Bill Blass did not get around to dedicating his memoirs before his death, but he did pen a tribute to Carole Lombard in a second book coming out in October, “Bill Blass: An American Designer,” which Abrams is printing as a catalog for the opening of the Blass exhibit at Indiana University. Blass grew up in Indiana near Lombard’s childhood home, said Helen O’Hagan, who edited the Abrams book with Kathleen Rowold and Michael Vollbracht. “She was his longest muse,” O’Hagan said, noting that Blass made note of the fact that the actress died in a plane crash in 1942, ironically, on her way out of the state. He writes: “Like her life and legend, it is not without significance. Indiana, after all, is the place where the dream began.” The book also includes contributions from Anne Bass and Charles Gandee and features several images of Blass’ homes.As for the memoirs, HarperCollins set aside a dedication page, but it was not filled before Blass’ death on June 12. Cathy Horyn, fashion critic for the New York Times, who edited the book, said, in its place, she selected a line from “Ridin’ High” in Cole Porter’s “Red, Hot and Blue” that seemed applicable, considering Blass’ dreams of becoming a fashion designer at such an early age. “Life’s great. Life’s grand. Future — all planned.”WASH AND WEAR: Cynthia Rowley is headed back to the Hamptons for her second celebrity men’s wear show there. But this time, she’s modeling a lot of the clothes on women, including Ileanna Douglas, Scarlett Johannson and Jodi Della Femina, since the area seems to experience an unusually high female-to-male ratio this time of year. The designer will also unveil a new project at the event on Sunday at the PlayStation 2 mansion that’s particularly suited to the environment: men’s and women’s swimsuits printed with the Tide laundry detergent logo, which will close the show on Douglas and actor Anson Mount. Sales of the $48 suits, which will be available beginning July 1 in Rowley’s boutiques and at Tide.com, will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.ARMANI CHOP: When the social set break out the “high karate,” they mean slipping on a tux. But the phrase will take on a whole new air come this October when Jackie Chan sports a Giorgio Armani black and white for Dreamworks’ “The Tuxedo.” Not surprisingly, Armani — who’s calling it the “ultimate tuxedo” — custom-designed this black-tie number for the black-belt superhero who plays a chauffeur-turned-secret-agent. Yeah, but does that wool crepe stretch? Chan takes a turn in other Armani looks throughout the flick, as does costar Jennifer Love Hewitt. Meanwhile, she is joining Dylan McDermott and his wife, Shiva Rose; Matthew Rhys, Ioan Gruffad and other Hollywood pals in the front row today at Armani’s spring 2003 men’s show in Milan.SPRUCE LOSES: Wallpaper group has lost yet another editor. Following Tyler Brülé’s exit earlier this year as editorial director of Wallpaper — and a string of other defections — Anne Urbauer will be leaving her freelance role as executive editor of Wallpaper’s spinoff title Spruce as soon as the third issue goes to press next month. The company said Spruce was becoming increasingly “aligned” to its parent brand and is using the “skills and experience” of Wallpaper’s fashion and art teams. A Wallpaper spokeswoman, however, was quick to deny speculation that the two titles would merge. “Wallpaper and Spruce are two very distinctive brands, although we are currently integrating the two teams. They will continue to remain separate titles.” She added that IPC, a division of Time Inc., was looking for a replacement for Urbauer."
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye