Fashion Scoops: To Russia with Love … Buying and Selling … Active Apparel …
TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the U.S.S.R., glided into a downstairs conference room at the Regent Hotel on Wall Street Wednesday to accept a 9/11-inspired mural on behalf of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Moscow and...
TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the U.S.S.R., glided into a downstairs conference room at the Regent Hotel on Wall Street Wednesday to accept a 9/11-inspired mural on behalf of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Moscow and then grabbed a folding chair for a quick powwow with Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.).
Gorbachev first admired the "We Will Never Forget" mural, the work of six artists, at the Grant Gallery in SoHo in March. Through a translator, he said, "Globally, culture was lost for a while and now it’s being found. We need to work to preserve culture and peace. It doesn’t matter if you’re Russian or American. The global culture is what’s important."
During the visit, Weldon urged Gorbachev to get involved with his U.S.-Russia relations initiative. But Gorbachev was swift to point out his dance card is full. He has been busy inviting Bill Clinton and other former and current world leaders to sign on for the World Political Forum, a group of 50 he hopes to set up by February.
"We don’t want to be authors of programs that are not implemented. We want to offer more strength than just whistle. We should actually make this train move," Gorbachev said.
The former president showed he already has more than a hand in the current political landscape. When his cell phone rang, one of Weldon’s aides joked, "It’s [Russian president Vladimir] Putin," and Gorbachev’s translator offered, "Putin’s office called this morning."
BUYING AND SELLING: Shaw-Lan Wang is consolidating her control of Lanvin, the Paris fashion house she acquired with two other partners from L’Oréal last year. Wang, a Taiwanese entrepreneur with extensive media holdings, is buying out her two minority shareholders: Chantal Merieux and Annie Young. The transactions have fueled speculation in Paris that Wang might be preparing to put the house on the block. But Lanvin president Jacques Levy insists Wang has no intention of selling. "She is very committed to the brand," he said. "We’ve woken up the sleeping beauty and now we need more capital to grow." Among Wang’s first moves was installing Alber Elbaz to design women’s ready-to-wear, which now accounts for 30 percent of total turnover, up from 10 percent a year ago, according to Levy.
ACTIVE APPAREL: Reebok’s after-party for Shakira’s concert Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden turned into a high-wattage affair. In addition to the petite blonde one herself, the soiree, held at Suede, drew the likes of Sean Combs, Eve, Steve Stoute (president of Interscope Records and partner in Arnell Group, Reebok’s ad agency of record), Nicky Hilton and MTV’s Brian McFadden, Ivana and Ivanka Trump, Patricia Field, Joey Fatone, NBC’s Janice Huff and members of Pay the Girl, Shakira’s opening act. Reebok is a presenting sponsor of Shakira’s "Tour of the Mongoose" as part of its recently inked megadeal with the Colombian songstress. The company even made up a few of Shakira’s onstage looks, including a floor-length black lace wrap. The international tour kicked off on Nov. 8 in San Diego and runs through next summer.
RETAIL PARTNERSHIP BREWING?: After shutting its Southampton shop last August, the Peter Elliot specialty chain is looking to build up again. Among the options, a shop in Greenwich, Conn., or Bronxville, N.Y., or possibly partnering with Kiton, the Naples, Italy-based supplier of handmade and handfinished clothing. Kiton bought a building on 54th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues to put up its first store in America, and Elliot Rabin, owner of Peter Elliot, could be the one to run it. Sources said he’s had talks with Kiton president Ciro Paone. "They’ve had very light discussions. Nothing official or unofficial has transpired," said a source. Rabin couldn’t be reached for comment. There’s a cluster of three Peter Elliot shops, for men, women and young boys, on Madison Avenue close to 81st Street, and Kiton is among its best-selling adult brands.
MONACO’S MURALS: Instead of stuffing their windows full of the traditional trappings of Christmas, Club Monaco has opted for an artistic take on the holidays. The company has commissioned fashion illustrations by artist Mats Gustafson. The windows, which will be completed today, display Gustafson’s large sketches of Club Monaco’s holiday silhouettes which include velvet knickers paired with a sequin cardigan and tuxedo pants with a voluminous chiffon blouse. It sure beats pairing red and green velvets.
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye