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.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion