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."
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews