VALENTINO VIES FOR OSCAR: When Valentino receives the Fashion Group International Superstar Award from presenter Meryl Streep at Thursday's Night of Stars gala, he may want to glean a few acting tips from the Oscar winner. The two also are pairing up onscreen, with Valentino shooting a cameo appearance in "The Devil Wears Prada" while he's in town. It's part of the designer's active social schedule in New York. After Tuesday night's in-store cocktail party, where a bevy of socialites were expected, the Venetian Heritage hosted a private dinner for Valentino and a number of "titled Europeans."
TOMMY'S TUNE: Fashion Rocks in Monte Carlo may be over, but that wasn't stopping the music for Tommy Hilfiger. The designer last week feted his new 16,145-square-foot flagship and corporate complex with live performances from Amerie and disco masters Chic. Several hundred guests attended the bash, including Italy's First Daughter Barbara Berlusconi, model Sonja Kinski, a smattering of local television personalities and soccer stars. Organizers converted the showroom space into a disco area with an underlit dance floor á la "Saturday Night Fever," while they erected a small stage in a canopied courtyard for the performances. Hilfiger, clad in a matching T-shirt and jacket with crystal-studded Rolling Stone tongue logos and houndstooth trousers, made his way to the front of the crowd, where he and cigar-smoking Hilfiger Europe chief Fred Gehring got funky to Chic hit "Dance, Dance Dance." Hilfiger said he's pleased to have found such a great location in Milan. "It's a global brand. It's no longer just an American brand. Young people worldwide love preppy classics with an edge. That's what we're giving them."
GWEN COME LATELY: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, with daughter Scout in tow, waited as late as they could for Gwen Stefani to finally show to her own party Friday night after her Hollywood Bowl concert, giving up before the singing designer arrived well past midnight. The inside of the Hollywood Museum at the Art Deco Max Factor building was brimming with revelers throwing back neon-colored shots and chocolate martinis labeled "Drink Me" and desserts signed "Eat Me" in a nod to the "Alice in Wonderland" theme of Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" video. The song and Stefani were celebrating a milestone for hitting 1 million commercial digital downloads of her platinum single for the video. The party also previewed Stefani's new Harajuku Lovers casualwear line, licensed with party co-host Jerry Leigh Entertainment.
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