Fashion Scoops: Val’s Gal … Shifting Tides … Blue Note …
VAL’S GAL: Between snapping photos from her front-row perch and her mouth dropping open in admiration on multiple occasions, it was hard to miss Ashley Judd’s ogling at Valentino’s couture Monday evening. "It was absolutely...
VAL’S GAL: Between snapping photos from her front-row perch and her mouth dropping open in admiration on multiple occasions, it was hard to miss Ashley Judd’s ogling at Valentino’s couture Monday evening. "It was absolutely stunning," gushed Judd after the show. "Staggering. I wanted everything." Judd, passing through Paris via Scotland — where she and her husband, racecar driver Dario Franchitti, live half of the year — on her way to Tennessee, also suggested that she could be doing a little shopping for the red carpet. "One always has these things in the back of the mind," she said.
SHIFTING TIDES: More changes are afoot at France Luxury Group, the upstart fashion conglomerate whose stable includes Francesco Smalto, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Jacques Fath, Emmanuelle Khanh and the shoe firms Harel and Stephane Kélian. Last week the firm said chief executive Mounir Moufarrige was leaving after selling the group last month to French financier Alain Dumenil. And now it has parted ways with its ready-to-wear designer at Scherrer, Ritu Beri. Beri, who had designed Scherrer for just over a year, said she and Dumenil failed to see eye to eye. "Mr. Dumenil wants to go in a more conservative direction and target more mature women," Beri said. "They didn’t want to show on the runway any longer. My vision is different." A spokesman for Dumenil said a successor has not been named. Stephane Roland, who designs Scherrer’s couture, will stay on board. He is scheduled to show today. Changes are also said to be in the works at Jacques Fath and sources said British designer Lizzy Disney may have already exited. She could not be reached for comment.
BLUE NOTE: If you loved the periwinkle color of Halle Berry’s Reem Acra Golden Globes dress, you won’t find it in Acra’s spring collection — or any collection. It was actually a white dress that Berry’s stylist Phillip Block ordered late in the game, since Berry’s appearance to present was a last-minute announcement. Block had it dyed twice to take that fabulous color. Talk about a new trend in red-carpet dressing. It used to be all about dyeing shoes — now it’s about dyeing dresses.
NO SWEAT: The Juicy Couture gals are singing the praises of casual chic to today’s biggest couturiers. They’ve dispatched their best-selling track suits to Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Valentino, each customized to their liking. Galliano got simple initials, Valentino’s says "Va-va" for his in-house nickname, while Karl’s is customized with the word — what else — "Slim."
WHO’S THAT GIRL?:For two days running, Isabella Blow, the eccentric British fashion director at Tatler, has been going conspicuously incognito. First, she hid behind the veil of a burka designed by Japanese label Undercover, and then she was seen peering out from Alexander McQueen’s matador-hat-cum-mask. So what gives? "Initially, I planned to wear a different burka every day," Blow said. "But I took a little too much verbal abuse from a French journalist yesterday. They got on my case about Kabul. I thought the outfit was about love and passion. Now I’m just hiding. And when you wear a mask, you don’t have to take the time to put on makeup in the morning."
I LOVE PARIS: Céline has a new project, and it hits close to home. Word has it, the house will introduce a range of special designs next month inspired by its hometown. Céline has already had good success with limited-edition, time-limited products like its recent World Cup and Euro collections. The new items are expected to bow in shops in May.
SPEED FORMULA: Tag Heuer has a new speed demon in its stable. The LVMH-owned watch brand has named four-time Formula One racing champion Alain Prost as its latest ambassador. He joins the ranks of athletes Tiger Woods, Marion Jones, David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve, who already represent the brand.
TREASURE HUNT: In between Sundance screenings and after parties Britney Spears and Gina Gershon scored a few freebies while visiting the Fred Segal Beauty at the Village in Park City, Utah. In addition to an aromatherapy massage, manicure and pedicure, the pop tart picked up a complimentary diamond band from Kwiat Diamonds. Gershon went for the gold, as in a Gold Avenue necklace, and got it free, thanks to the company. Jennifer Lopez, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes, Liz Phair, and Darryl Hannah have also indulged in the treatments, with Downey stopping by for reflexology three days running.Hannah, along with her "Northfork" costars James Woods, Nick Nolte, Anthony Edwards and Kyle MacLachlan planned to hitch a ride to their Tuesday night premiere in The North Face Edition Chevy Avalanche. But it wasn’t exactly a free ride. The dress code was North Face and their escorts were company execs.
ACHTUNG BABY!: Markus Ebner, former fashion director at Details magazine, is gearing up to launch his own fashion mag, to be titled Achtung. The debut issue is slated for June. Ebner described it as including men’s and women’s fashion editorial and focused on the energetic creative scene in Germany, which he believes has been more or less neglected by other mainstream mags. "There’s not a single publication that properly characterizes what’s going on creatively right now in Germany and other German-speaking countries," asserted Ebner, a German national who splits his time between New York and Berlin. "The aesthetic will be pure and the opposite of all of the glossy and poppy magazines out there now." Ebner said Achtung will start publishing twice a year in German. There are plans to begin publishing quarterly in 2004.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)