Fashion Scoops: Trading Sides … Cafe Society … Face Off …
TRADING SIDES: Boy George, ablaze in metallic blue face paint and a colorful bottlecap-laden poorboy cap, grooved in the front row of the D&G runway show Thursday in Milan. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made the kitschy hat especially for the pop...
TRADING SIDES: Boy George, ablaze in metallic blue face paint and a colorful bottlecap-laden poorboy cap, grooved in the front row of the D&G runway show Thursday in Milan. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made the kitschy hat especially for the pop music icon, who plans to take his London musical, "Tabu," to Broadway within the next few months. A usual fixture and DJ at Versace shows, Boy George played down the fact he was jumping ship for D&G. "I don’t see this at all as an act of a traitor," Boy George said. "Darling, it’s only fashion — it’s only clothes."
CAFE SOCIETY: When Chloé takes over Café de Flore in Paris next Thursday for its 50th anniversary party, the Left Bank landmark will have something new on the menu: entertainment. Word has it that pop goddess Kylie Minogue, a fan of Chloé creative director Phoebe Philo, will be on hand for a surprise musical performance.
FACE OFF: Never mind Milan Fashion Week. Modeling agencies in the U.S. and abroad are scrambling to get their top girls invited to Lancôme’s launch of its new skin care line, Résolution, Monday night at the Plaza Athénee Hotel. Sources say that Lancôme’s senior vice president and general manager, Dalia Chammas, who’s throwing the dinner and party with the house’s current spokeswomen Mena Suvari and Devon Aoki, is looking to sign a new face to a lucrative contract. But the models will face some stiff competition for face time with the cosmetics guru from expected guests, including Lauren Bush and a smattering of hometown socialites. Headed to the bash are Eleanor Lembo, Marisa Brown, Hilary Dick, Blaine Trump, Serena Boardman and her sister, Samantha, who just wrapped her first ad campaign as one of the faces of Chanel’s fragrance Allure.
AMERICA’S MOST-WANTED MODELS: When the U.S. armed forces aren’t training for Operation Enduring Freedom, they’ve got one thing on their minds: fashion models.
According to an e-mail that was dispatched from "confidential whereabouts," a team of military operatives deployed overseas for possible combat has come up with an interesting parlor game to keep themselves occupied in the interim. Through a satellite feed, the soldiers have been watching 24-hour-a-day Fashion TV, and "we have all chosen a model from one of the many shows and the first person to receive an e-mail from their model is the winner."One soldier was able to identify his favorite, Ana Beatriz Barros from Women Model Management, by contacting Carmen Marc Valvo’s Seventh Avenue offices on Wednesday. An autographed picture is in the works, although its eventual destination will have to be classified.
NEW RINGY-DINGHIES: Ernestine, Lily Tomlin’s nasal-pitched operator character from the variety show Laugh-In, lives again, most recently on television and radio ads for WebEx’s online conferencing software. What’s changed is her wardrobe. Tomlin paid a visit to Los Angeles designer Peter Cohen, known for minimalist styles, at his boutique off La Brea Avenue to update the character’s puffed-sleeve shirt. "She came by six to eight times — she was fastidious and very concerned about the details," Cohen said. A Cohen fan for six months, Tomlin selected a burnt orange bias-cut, four-ply silk dress and ivory piqué jacket for her spotlight. "The combination was off — you wouldn’t normally pair them together," said Cohen, noting that his designer tie-in isn’t exactly a coup others crave. "Some people may not think it’s flattering, but it’s another feather in my hat."
A SCENIC SIGNING: Steven Cojocaru is going on display at Barneys. On March 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the People magazine fashion scribe will sit in the window at the Madison Avenue store and sign copies of his new tome, "Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy."
"He connects fashion to regular people, he’s not an elitist," said Simon Doonan, Barneys’ creative director. "Plus, we’re putting him in the window where everyone can see him. He’s a raving exhibitionist, but he can also make fun of himself, so this is the perfect venue for him."
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion