WEDDING SURPRISE: Terry Lundgren completed another merger over the weekend, and practically no one knew it was in the works. The chairman, president and chief executive of Federated Department Stores invited about 200 family members, Federated executives and friends, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kenneth Cole, Donald Trump and Vera Wang to the Frick Museum on Saturday for what he told everyone would be his engagement party with fiancée Tina Stephan. Around 8 p.m., Lundgren's two daughters, Jessica and Tracey, introduced a video to the audience and that's when the surprise broke. Lundgren appeared with his wife in a bridal gown and announced he had gotten married that afternoon. The couple then appeared to celebrate with their guests.
Earlier that day, Lundgren staged a preparty for 20 at his apartment, and had a bus waiting outside to shuttle them to the Our Lady of Good Counsel church on the Upper East Side. "They were in shock," Lundgren said. "We kept it very tight."
Lundgren also said he and Wang designed his wife's gown, and he kept his wife blindfolded through all the fittings. "Vera said it was the first time the groom saw a bridal gown before the bride," Lundgren said.
CLOTHES CALL: Although a self-professed Dior Homme addict, guess what Karl Lagerfeld is wearing these days? The Karl Lagerfeld label. "It's fun to wear something else. The clothes are modern; they have the right touch," he said about his forthcoming lower-priced contemporary label, a new venture under parent Tommy Hilfiger Corp. The designer just received prototypes from the capsule summer collection launching at Neiman Marcus, including jeans and jackets, some made of a fabric permanently crinkled thanks to metal threads. "I have them on my back all the time," he said. Meanwhile, Lagerfeld is unruffled by last week's blockbuster news that Hilfiger is for sale, with a prospectus circulating. "For me, it's not a problem, especially because it's still the beginning [of our association]," he said Friday. Besides, he added, "people who might want to buy the business wouldn't want to destroy it. I believe in success. As long as I can keep my team in America because it's working perfectly." Not that Lagerfeld plans to only wear his own designs. Besides Dior, his other favorite brands of the moment include Libertine, Hussein Chalayan, Thom Browne and Mastermind, a Japanese maker of skinny jeans.EMME TO QVC: Plus-size model Emme is the latest designer heading to QVC to hawk her collection. In October, she will hit the airwaves selling the e by Emme collection, which includes a houndstooth jacket, a jewel-encrusted hip-length top, "Emiracle" wrap sweater, and the "Emazing" jersey pant.
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
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)