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.
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)