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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)