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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)