Fashion Scoops: Triumphant Return? … Four Square … The Gang’s All Here
TRIUMPHANT RETURN?: John Kourakos apparently doesn’t burn bridges behind him. The veteran of Warnaco, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren returned to Warnaco as president of its Sportswear group, which includes Calvin Klein jeans...
TRIUMPHANT RETURN?: John Kourakos apparently doesn’t burn bridges behind him. The veteran of Warnaco, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Polo Ralph Lauren returned to Warnaco as president of its Sportswear group, which includes Calvin Klein jeans and sportswear, earlier this year. Now, with Warnaco obviously in play and chances of its division presidents moving up to the ceo spot greatly diminished, he’s been reported to have been in discussions with Tommy Hilfiger about returning to the firm to fill the ceo vacancy created by Joel Horowitz’s decision to leave the firm once his successor is designated. Kourakos headed Hilfiger’s men’s wear operations until September 2001. Officials at Hilfiger had no comment on the reports and Kourakos couldn’t be reached for comment at press time.
FOUR SQUARE: David Rockefeller, Pete Peterson, Leonard Lauder and Ron Perelman all complied with the Four Seasons dress code on Tuesday, but Bono, who was lunching with Rupert and Elisabeth Murdoch, waltzed into the restaurant sans tie. "He’s the king," said Julian Niccolini, the Four Seasons’ managing partner. "What could I say?"
Today at the Four Seasons, Mario Grauso, chief executive of Carolina Herrera, is presenting his wife, Anne, with a birthday lunch for 17 of her closest friends. Among the invitees are Carolina Herrera, Jennifer Creel, Gigi Mortimer, Helen Shifter, Nathalie Kaplan, Tory Burch, Alexis Waller, Kim Vernon and Felicia Taylor, but no boys. Even Mario is skipping lunch, but picking up the check.
THE GANG’S ALL HERE: At the premiere of "Gangs of New York" on Monday, director Martin Scorsese was eager to show his long-awaited epic about 19th-century New York. "You gotta start the film," he complained to Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein, who ushered Leonardo DiCaprio into the Ziegfeld Theatre 45 minutes late. The patient moviegoers inside included Natalie Portman, Bono, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Naomi Campbell, Chlöe Sevigny, Marisa Berenson, David Bowie and Iman.
Nicole Kidman arrived wearing a vintage dress and Manolo Blahnik boots, and even admitted to doing her own updo for the event. Cameron Diaz mixed a vintage Pierre Cardin coat with a lavender fedora by Lola and Yves Saint Laurent boots. In the film, Diaz plays Jenny, a skillful corset-wearing pickpocket. "I cheated," bragged Diaz, who said she "let it loose a lot" to get comfortable. "I can say I’ve done a period movie and I love corsets."As for city slicker Billy Joel, who came out to support Scorsese, has he been pickpocketed before?
"Yeah, sure," he replied. "I’m from New York. Everybody has."
MORNING GORY: It took 500 years of vodka history in the making, but the liquor industry has finally come up with a healthy alternative to the Bloody Mary. At Flaunt Magazine’s party for Robert Downey Jr. at the W Hotel in Union Square on Monday, Zygo Distillers launched its first product dubbed as Zygo, the Morning Vodka, which combines the alcohol’s traditional potato base with the more modern ingredients of an energy drink, such as taurine, d-ribose, guarana and yerba mate. And there’s a fashion angle, too. Zygo commissioned Heatherette designer Richie Rich to act as its spokesmodel and to design several T-shirts along the theme of encouraging early morning drinking, although the results were somewhat profane — specifically the Morning Stiffie, which features Zygo on the rocks, well-shaken.
STORK CLUB: Contemporary sportswear designer Cynthia Steffe just might want to think about entering the maternity market. Steffe and her husband Richard Roberts, are expecting their first child, a girl, in April.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Kenzo Takada, who three years ago retired from the Paris-based house he founded, has launched a music compilation disc, distributed by Sony, titled Sensation Purple. Takada recently staged a comeback under the name Yume. It’s a lifestyle brand in association with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which owns the Kenzo brand. Takada’s first project was a line of clothes and homewear sold in French catalog La Redoute. But here’s the rub: Turns out LVMH’s Kenzo has just launched its own music compilation, too. Will the real Kenzo please report to the dance floor?
DRESSING THE KING: Pamela Clarke Keogh, whose recent sartorial analyses of Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — "Audrey Style" and "Jackie Style" — have helped illuminate the public’s understanding of their fashion influence, has now turned her sights toward a different sort of icon: Elvis Presley.
"I wanted to write about the style of a man," Keogh said, adding that research for the book has taken a different direction than interviewing the close friends of Hepburn and Kennedy. "Now, I’m meeting a lot of guys."
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)