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.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)