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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."
“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)