Fashion Scoops: Valentino’s Custom Design … Room at the Inn … Adding Women …
VALENTINO’S CUSTOM DESIGN: Valentino is the latest designer to hop on the made-to-order bandwagon. The fashion house’s newest accessory is a crocodile hobo bag with suede fringes in bitter chocolate brown that features a matte-gold metal...
VALENTINO’S CUSTOM DESIGN: Valentino is the latest designer to hop on the made-to-order bandwagon. The fashion house’s newest accessory is a crocodile hobo bag with suede fringes in bitter chocolate brown that features a matte-gold metal handle shaped as a snake and encrusted with jade and turquoise cabochons.
Clients’ initials are embroidered on the inside pocket of the handmade bag, which rings in at $6,300, and can be ordered in the designer’s Milan, Rome, New York, Paris and Los Angeles boutiques for the next 20 days in time for Christmas delivery.
ROOM AT THE INN: The Costes brothers, who preside over some of Paris’ trendiest eateries, might get beat in the race to open a hip new hotel in the hot Marais district. Emerging hotelier Patrick Machefert plans to open the 50-room Villa Murano — complete with three swimming pools, a spa and restaurant — in fall 2003. The Costes have been hunting for months for a site in the Marais, but have yet to conclude a deal. Villa Murano, in the style of a Venetian palace, will be Machefert’s 25th hotel since starting his group in 1995.
ADDING WOMEN: Victoria Grantham, the British men’s wear designer known for her streamlined silhouettes, top-quality fabrics and eye for subtle details, is branching into women’s wear. During the upcoming men’s wear shows in Milan in January, Grantham, who is based in Milan and has designed Donna Karan’s men’s wear and worked with Marc Jacobs on Louis Vuitton, will show eight key looks for women that have masculine fabrics, sartorial details and body-skimming shapes.
"Times may not be the brightest," Grantham said, "but when the economy picks up again, I want to be ready."
SEX IN A NEW CITY: Kim Cattrall held a London auditorium full of not-so-sexually-repressed British women — and a few mesmerized men — in her thrall last week during a talk about her character Samantha in "Sex and the City." "You’d all secretly like to be Samantha Jones," she said with a sly smile, but then moved on to her love of England. The actress, who was born in Liverpool to an English mother, said she was a Shakespeare fan, and would like to see sex play a larger role in productions of the Bard’s work. Cattrall was the first speaker in a series of lectures to be given by Sargent Cancer Care for Children. At the end of the talk, one curious woman asked if Cattrall’s husband, Mark Levinson, was there. She replied: "No sadly he’s not — but that’s not to say I’m going home alone!" She was right. In the end, she left with her mother.
GENTLEMEN QUARRELING: The trunk show for Etro at Bergdorf Goodman on Thursday night turned into a bad boxing match when GQ Publisher Ron Galotti and Fashion Wire Daily editor Godfrey Deeny got into a fistfight in front of the guests. According to sources, Galotti confronted Deeny about FWD’s coverage of GQ (much of it based on a story that appeared first in WWD about Galotti complaining to Condé Nast higher ups about GQ’s editorial direction and its editor, Art Cooper — which both men denied). "They began pushing one another and then they were throwing punches," said a source.
Luckily, no one really got hurt.
"The funny thing was that neither of them could fight," said the source. "I mean, no one seemed able to land a punch."
The two were separated, at which point Galotti was asked to pose in a picture with Kean Etro. "His tux was all wrinkled. It was bizarre." Etro and Galotti, according to a source, also had a drink afterwards.
Reached by phone Friday, Deeny said the fight broke out after Galotti stepped on his foot and attempted to intimidate him. Deeny said he asked Galotti to remove his foot, which Galotti didn’t do. "I shoved him and he punched." Deeny characterized their tiff as "more like a scuffle" than a fight.
A GQ insider claimed it was Deeny who picked the fight and noted that Galotti has cordial relationships with many reporters who have wound up in professionally adversarial situations with him. Galotti could not be reached for comment Friday.
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)