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."
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion