Fashion Scoops: The Latest In Translation…Shady Characters…
THE LATEST IN TRANSLATION: Could red-hot filmmaker Sofia Coppola be trading preppy sportswear for powdered wigs? According to sources in Paris, the Oscar-nominated director of “Lost in Translation” is plotting to do her next...
THE LATEST IN TRANSLATION: Could red-hot filmmaker Sofia Coppola be trading preppy sportswear for powdered wigs? According to sources in Paris, the Oscar-nominated director of “Lost in Translation” is plotting to do her next film about Marie Antoinette, the 18th-century French queen famous for her lavish style and legendary excess. Word has it Coppola has optioned Lady Antonia Fraser’s acclaimed biography, “Marie Antoinette: The Journey,” which revealed a rich, complex and misunderstood character. What’s more, Coppola recently took an exhaustive, private tour of Versailles, gaining access to Marie Antoinette’s private quarters, her recently restored theater and other rarely seen artifacts.
HOW TO LOSE INVITES AND ALIENATE PEOPLE: Ernest Schmatolla, the publisher of the fashion news Web site Lookonline.com, apparently doesn’t care anymore that you can catch more flies (and flacks) with honey rather than vinegar. He uncorked a whole bottle of the latter on Thursday, firing off a fax to Paul Wilmot complaining about how he and his site’s editors are being excluded from this week’s Wilmot-produced fashion shows.
“Paul Wilmot and Pierre Rougier are the only two agencies we are currently having trouble with getting access to their client’s shows,” he wrote. “Perhaps there is something more in common with the two of them than just blacklisting us. It might make a good story for our e-mail newsletter to 1,300 fashion editors, writers, retailers and designers for us to do after the shows. A good title might be “The Two Worst P.R. Firms” in New York. Everyone agrees about Rougier, but Paul Wilmot, for us at least, is a close second. As a matter of fact, you can bet on that article going out.”
Schmatolla lamented to WWD that “getting into the show sometimes has little to do with what your credentials are; the stylist’s boyfriend gets in, but if you’re a real member of the press, you don’t.” While he doesn’t take back his vitriol, he would like to give a shout out to his two favorite firms: KCD and LaForce & Stevens. (Which means he’s set with them for next season.) SHADY CHARACTERS: If you weren’t invited, don’t even think about trying to get into Nesi Apparel’s Shady Ltd. party on Feb. 23 at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. Security will be tighter than tight since Eminem is scheduled for a rare performance at the event. According to sources, he will perform some of his new music, which has yet to hit the airwaves. Other members of Shady Records also will perform, and while exactly who those performers would be is a closely guarded secret, rappers 50 Cent and Obie Trice could be among them.
THE LOWDOWN: Rapper Rah Digga said she started paying attention to fashion when Cindy Crawford hit the scene. “That’s when I decided I’d either be a model or be in the music business. I thought I was too tomboyish to be a model,” she said before Thursday’s GenArt show at the Waldorf-Astoria.
Look for her at Proenza Schouler and Peter Som, before she has to skip town for the NBA All-Star game.
Kathy and Rick Hilton were happy to make the trip to GenArt — a short elevator ride from their apartment in the Waldorf Towers. Their daughter, Paris, is steering clear of 7th on Sixth, but her sister, Nicki, will hit the runway for Reika D. and a few others. Nicki Hilton will also do some commentating for E! and is still at work on her accessories line.
SUPER STYLE: After making a dazzling comeback as a model, Linda Evangelista is now exploring other avenues in the fashion business. During Paris Fashion Week in March, she will unveil a new collaboration with designer Michel Klein. He is launching a new luxury ready-to-wear line, “Cher Michel Klein,” with Evangelista acting as a stylist and spokesmodel.
NIGHT WATCHMAN: Sleep deprivation isn’t slowing down Esteban Cortezar, but he did take a break from last-minute fittings to watch Jessica Miller model his dress in Friday’s Red Dress Collection.“I love what I do. It’s fun to work to all hours of the night and to not sleep and to not care,” he said. “It’s a privilege.”
HAUTE CUISINE: Dressing for dinner is about to become a whole lot easier. Chanel and star-studded chef Alain Ducasse are teaming up to open a restaurant in Chanel’s upcoming megastore in the Ginza district of Tokyo. The eatery will be located on the top floor of the boutique, set to open in December. No word yet if hot “Coco” will be among the beverages on Ducasse’s haute menu.
WORDS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY: Most of the front-row set confine themselves to polite applause at the end of a show, but model Omahyra Mota had a more earnest fan at Friday’s Hong Kong Luxe show. Her five-year-old niece, Tracy, there with mom Patty, had a few words of praise during her aunt’s runway performance, softly calling out “Funny!” and “Ooh!” during the show. Afterwards, the fashionista-in-ringlets pronounced the entire experience “fun” and revealed she’d like to be a designer one day. Watch out, Oscar.
“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)