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."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)