Fashion Scoops: The Thin Man … For Diversity’s Sake? … Per Usual, She Wrote …
THE THIN MAN: The fascination with Karl Lagerfeld’s diet just won’t quit. Lagerfeld said last week that he has been contacted by Pepsi-Cola about appearing in a campaign for Pepsi Light, known in the States as Diet Pepsi. The designer had...
THE THIN MAN: The fascination with Karl Lagerfeld’s diet just won’t quit. Lagerfeld said last week that he has been contacted by Pepsi-Cola about appearing in a campaign for Pepsi Light, known in the States as Diet Pepsi. The designer had a couture collection to get out and had little time to ponder the offer, but he is considering it. "It would be for print and TV," he said, noting his preference for Pepsi over its chief rival. "I’m a Pepsi drinker for a very specific reason: the fake sugar they use in France for Pepsi Cola gives a better taste than they put in Coca-Cola. In America, it’s different but here I prefer the French Pepsi."
So will he be a promoter? "I like the idea that I could do it. It’s fun, no? The idea is fun. It’s Pop, it’s very modern to do that. That a man of my age could do it…But I’m very popular with the young ones."
Why? "Because I’m not at all established as a bourgeois person in their eyes. I’m something that has nothing to do with anything. I’m a kind of invention."
FOR DIVERSITY’S SAKE?: Kasper ASL appears to have come up with a way to court discounters with the panache of its Anne Klein label without alienating its department and specialty store customers. A spokeswoman for Kasper confirmed that John Idol, its chief executive officer, has held recent discussions with J.C. Penney, Sears and Kohl’s, but she cautioned that the company has no programs or commitments in place with the chains and that all products bearing the name Anne Klein — basically Anne Klein New York and AK Anne Klein — would continue to be sold exclusively through department and specialty stores. Idol has reportedly come up with a strategy to tap into the lucrative discounter channel by reviving the house’s old A-Line offshoot that was discontinued several years back, sources said. And the move appears to have whetted the appetite of several of Kasper’s major competitors in possibly buying the whole company, which is being shopped by Peter J. Solomon. Virtually all of the biggies are said to be interested, including Liz Claiborne Inc., Jones Apparel Group, VF Corp. and Kellwood Co. — not to mention Idol himself.
PER USUAL, SHE WROTE: It could have been an extremely juicy read. But luxury analyst Claire Kent’s research report on 2002 sales of LVMH — which is suing her employer Morgan Stanley for $100 million for allegedly biased research and conflict of interest — was as no-nonsense as usual. Her comments, released Friday, did have the boilerplate statement about the lawsuit prominently in italics above all her comments. That was new. Otherwise, they read much like her report on LVMH 2001 sales a year ago. Then, she was "skeptical" of the French group’s forecast of a "vigorous rebound" in earnings. But this year, Kent was cautious, too. "All [LVMH] divisions beat our sales forecasts slightly, with the exception of wines and spirits," she wrote.
LUELLA, PLUS ONE: New York-based British designer Luella Bartley may need to hire some help at work and home. The designer and her boyfriend, photographer David Sims, are expecting a baby later this year. A spokeswoman for the designer confirmed that Bartley was three months’ pregnant, but declined further comment.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye