TOM’S TUNE: Speculation about a deal between Tom Ford and the Estée Lauder Cos. continues to swirl, and an announcement could come as early as next week. The latest reports indicate that talks are under way...
TOM’S TUNE: Speculation about a deal between Tom Ford and the Estée Lauder Cos. continues to swirl, and an announcement could come as early as next week. The latest reports indicate that talks are under way about the possibility of Lauder marketing a Ford product line of some sort. However, it is believed the discussions involve a project that lies outside the boundaries of the flagship Lauder brand. It’s also been speculated that Ford and Domenico De Sole are in talks with an unspecified number of companies on a gamut of Ford projects, ranging from an eyewear license to making a movie. Whatever the reality, Ford, De Sole and Lauder are saying absolutely nothing. When asked about the rumors last week, Ford replied that he had “not as of yet signed any deals at this time.”
<HELMUT’S lang="" if spokesman. HELMUT’S HIATUS?: Less than two weeks following the announcement that Prada would close Lang’s historic New York offices, it now appears that Prada Group chief Patrizio Bertelli has put the brand in a holding pattern and, in doing so, has created a state of limbo in its design studio. Two sources close to Helmut Lang’s recently appointed design team said the designers, hired following Lang’s January departure, were sent home last week and told to wait for further notice. “No one really understands what’s going on with the line,” said one source with close knowledge of Helmut Lang’s design team. “It’s a decision that Bertelli and his men have to make.” Indeed. The future of Helmut Lang is contingent on if and when the company is sold, and to whom. As reported, Bertelli is said to be in advanced talks with several possible buyers. The names bidding on Helmut Lang could not be learned, although industry sources believe it’s either Helmut Lang himself or Lang backed by someone else. “There are a lot of rumors and speculation and Prada does not comment on speculation,” said a Prada Group spokesman. MOONLIGHTING: Christophe Girard, director of fashion strategy at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and the deputy mayor of Paris, can soon add another title to his résumé: author. Girard is putting the finishing touches on a book detailing his experience straddling the fashion world and public life during the past four years. Titled “Adjoint,” the French word for “deputy,” the tome will be published this fall by Julliard.
PACKED BAGS: Simonetta Ciampi, whose horn-handled “Mombasa” bag helped catapult Yves Saint Laurent into the leather goods business, has left the French house, WWD has learned. A key hire in 2001 during the Tom Ford era at Gucci Group, Ciampi exited YSL as design director of handbags at the end of March when her contract expired. She also has worked at Escada, Prada and Loewe. A spokesman for PPR, parent of Gucci Group, said her successor at YSL has yet to be named.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia