Fashion Scoops: The Little Prince … Looking Around … The Frisbee Set at Play
THE LITTLE PRINCE: Fans gathered in Harlem at Jimmy’s Uptown Tuesday night at the release party for Prince’s new live triple-box CD set, but had to wait nearly four hours for the artist-now-known-as to arrive as he flew in from his...
THE LITTLE PRINCE: Fans gathered in Harlem at Jimmy’s Uptown Tuesday night at the release party for Prince’s new live triple-box CD set, but had to wait nearly four hours for the artist-now-known-as to arrive as he flew in from his hometown of Minneapolis. When he did show, the eccentric singer held court all by his lonesome in the VIP section until an exuberant George Clinton cleared security to say hi, followed by Meshell NdegèOcello. Across the way, Salma Hayek, who declined to talk about her upcoming film, Frida, and actor Ed Norton also were keen to greet the Purple One, but they had to wait their turn. As soon as Prince gave the OK to his publicist, he received his slew of VIP visitors one at a time.
And it would appear that musical savoir faire has little to do with being an American Idol. Once granted an audience with Prince, Justin Guarini and Nikki McKibbin, of "American Idol" fame could do little but smile and nod. Clearly underwhelmed by them, Prince brightened up when he met Tamyra Gray, who chatted him up for a few minutes, while Justin and Nikki looked on with dazed smiles on their faces.
LOOKING AROUND: Betsey Johnson wants to go mass, but not with clothing. She was knocking on the doors of Penney’s and Target with a clothing concept, but it was nixed. "I love Target. I love a great product and a great price," Johnson told WWD. "But we feel it would be a big conflict in terms of clothing." Nevertheless, she said selling Penney’s or Target is "the wave of the future," adding, "I still would want to go into that volume world with a different product base, like home, kitchen, or garbage bags. We all still like Penney’s and Target and would like to get a few toes in there." She said whatever she does will be "hip, fun and for a younger audience."
THE FRISBEE SET AT PLAY: Barnaby Blass, the 12-year-old canine companion of the late designer Bill, is to be host to about 37 of Gotham’s most prominent pooches and more than 100 humans at a charity dinner next week to benefit the Humane Society of New York. The event, "Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish’s Doggie Dinner," is set for Tuesday at the New York Carriage House on West 51st Street, and will feature meals on silver trays for four-legged attendees and cocktails for their bipedal counterparts. Laurie Bodor, a member of the society’s board who is coordinating the evening, said for the canines, black tie "is optional, but I have a feeling there be a lot of dogs in ties." Also on the guest list are Cece Cord and Tiger; Ron Chereskin and Peugot; Nina Griscom and India; Kitty Hawks and Major Deegan; Francis Kellogg and Versace; Georgette Mosbacher and Eye; Elizabeth Kabler and Kaylee, and Chuck Scarborough and Oliver. The event takes its name from a turn-of-the-20th century New York socialite. A member of the Astor 400, Stuyvesant Fish is notorious for having thrown a dinner party for her dog, who arrived wearing a $15,000 diamond collar.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.