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.
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
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)