TWO’S TROUBLE: “Welcome to total chaos.” That was Georgie Frasch’s reaction to having given birth to twins last Thursday at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. The set of babies, Honor Elizabeth and Christian Joseph, weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces and 5 pounds, 14 ounces, respectively. “Everybody feels great,” said the father, Ron Frasch of Saks Fifth Avenue, who has two grown children from a previous marriage. The store’s second-highest-ranking merchant next to Andrew Jennings, president and chief merchandising officer, Frasch said he has yet to be given an official title.
PLAYING POLITICS: The Republicans may be coming to town in a few weeks, but it was a Democrat who held court at Fred’s at Barneys New York on Tuesday afternoon. Sen. Hillary Clinton,, lunching at a prominent table in the restaurant’s center with what appeared to be a gaggle of aides, was approached by so many well-wishers as she attempted to eat her salad that she ended up taking her post-lunch iced coffee to go. No word on whether she stopped off to do a little shopping on her way out.
CHANGING CHANNELS: Stefano Gabbana is about to add some TV experience to his résumé. He’s slated to appear regularly on a new Italian program debuting this September on satellite TV called “La Sottile Linea Rosa,” or “The Fine Pink Line.” The show’s premise sounds a bit like “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” with an Italian twist: Gabbana and two gay male hosts will work their magic on Italian girls desperate to find boyfriends. Gabbana told the Italian daily paper Corriere della Sera in an interview that the psychological component is key. “When you see a girl that has a complex about having a plump behind and you tell her, ‘Don’t worry, even Jennifer Lopez looks like that up close,’ the girl calms down immediately.”
GOOD SPORTS: Strolling the length of a runway may be as physical as it gets for some fashion designers. But expect to see more than a few industry faces in Athens as the Olympic Games get under way. A spokesman for Valentino Garavani said he accepted an invitation to attend Friday’s opening ceremonies and mingle with heads of state at a private dinner. Kenzo Takada, who designed official uniforms for the Japanese team, is also en route to Greece for the festivities, along with Emanuel Ungaro creative director Giambattista Valli, who, as reported, has torch-bearing duties, too.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“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)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)