Fashion Scoops: Time Up? … Adieu to Montana … Anne Klein Futures
TIME UP?: Julien Macdonald’s days at Givenchy could be numbered, at least that’s the rumor building steam around Paris. Macdonald, who was hired to replace Alexander McQueen, has earned less-than-stellar reviews since he started a year ago...
TIME UP?: Julien Macdonald’s days at Givenchy could be numbered, at least that’s the rumor building steam around Paris. Macdonald, who was hired to replace Alexander McQueen, has earned less-than-stellar reviews since he started a year ago at the LVMH-owned house. Sources said LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has begun to consider an eventual replacement strategy. Macdonald’s contract is believed to run through the middle of next year. Who would replace the vivacious Welshman? For the moment, it’s still up in the air, but sources have mentioned Hedi Slimane, the hot men’s wear designer at Christian Dior. Karl Lagerfeld, who has slithered into Slimane’s razor-sharp clothes since he shed some 90 pounds last year, is said to be promoting the idea that Slimane should succeed Macdonald at Givenchy.
ADIEU TO MONTANA: The house of Claude Montana and designer Stephane Parmentier have parted ways after one season, WWD has learned. The short-lived collaboration short-circuited when the two parties failed to see eye to eye. Parmentier earned tepid reviews for his debut collection, for spring. Montana president Beatrice Bongibault said a search for a replacement is under way.
A ROYAL PERFORMANCE: Could the Prince of Wales be trying to deflect attention from the media frenzy surrounding the collapsed trial of Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell? One London tabloid, The Express, reported the prince was preparing to star in the comedy "The Play What I Wrote," directed by Kenneth Branagh. But a spokeswoman for the prince denied the report: "He will be attending the performance on Nov. 21 as it is in aid of The Prince’s Trust, but he certainly won’t be in it." The production, showing at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End, features a changing cast of stars, which this week included actor Roger Moore and, previously, Ralph Fiennes, Jerry Hall and Sting.
ANNE KLEIN FUTURES: Charles Nolan has added two key hires to his design team at Anne Klein, naming former Tahari design director Michael Smaldone as vice president of design and Judy Kuipers, who was director of knitwear at Fendi, as design director of knitwear. Rory Green, creative director of Tahari, said Smaldone had left the firm six months ago and had not been replaced.
“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)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews