Fashion Scoops: Welcome Back Calvin … The Lowdown … Fancy Footwork
WELCOME BACK CALVIN: For weeks, planners of several upcoming benefits have been dropping less-than-subtle hints that theirs would be the one where Calvin Klein, after ducking out of the fashion scene for several weeks since his high-profile Knicks...
WELCOME BACK CALVIN: For weeks, planners of several upcoming benefits have been dropping less-than-subtle hints that theirs would be the one where Calvin Klein, after ducking out of the fashion scene for several weeks since his high-profile Knicks gaffe, would mark his big industry return. Klein is said to be attending the American Image Awards on Monday night, where Phillips-Van Heusen chairman Bruce J. Klatsky is being honored, and the Sanctuary for Families’ Zero Tolerance spring benefit on Tuesday, sponsored by Elle and Calvin Klein Inc., even features Klein’s name prominently on its tip sheet.
Still, some didn’t expect he’d be appearing so publicly until the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards on June 2, where he is a co-host.
But the real winner at press time appeared to be — of all things — the Chrysler Giants of Design 2003 Awards, which was set for Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street. The designer was selected as an honoree at the event, presented by House Beautiful, prior to his recent public problems, so he wasn’t really expected to attend. Nevertheless, Klein was spotted back at his office Thursday afternoon, working on his acceptance speech.
THE LOWDOWN: Bernard Arnault has been sporting the stick-to-the-ribs tailoring of Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane for quite some time — and with great flair, given his tall, slim frame. But the LVMH chairman confessed Thursday at the Christian Dior annual meeting that some of his “banker friends” are skeptical about the trendy makeover of Dior men’s wear. Arnault made the confession when asked about the success of Slimane’s line during the meeting. Arnault cited “strong growth” in the business, but added that men shouldn’t underestimate the practicality of styles like low-rise pants. “They’re very comfortable to wear, especially after a big lunch,” he said, prompting a round of belly laughs.
FANCY FOOTWORK: Patrick Cox may be best known for steep stilettos, but the shoe designer may soon have to invest in high-performance running shoes. In Paris Wednesday for the launch of his first collection for Charles Jordan, Cox confessed he now oversees almost two dozen collections a year for the French brand, not to mention his signature lines, meaning he needs to be fast on his feet. “I went from New York to Japan to Italy to Paris with a stop in London for a day to let my friends know I still exist,” he bemoaned under flashing disco lights at the launch party.
A room full of toiles at the haute couture atelier in the Dior exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs, open in Paris since July 5. This is just one of three major exhibitions that have been timed to coincide with the house's 70th anniversary. See the rest of the exhibits, plus read WWD's look into the iconic brand's history. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
For spring, Pamplemousse's Danica Zheng presented her signature slip dresses attached to a white T-shirt along with floral windbreakers, off-the-shoulder cotton blouses and more. For more highlights from the New York trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion
The Green Carpet Fashion Awards closed out Milan Fashion Week yesterday. The fashion industry flocked to the event, showing its efforts to support and spread the message of sustainability. Supermodel Gisele Bündchen said "if each one of us took at least one step is this direction, there is no saying how much could be done." #wwdeye #wwdfashion #mfw (📷: Lodovico Colli di Felizzano)
Etro’s show, titled “The Tree of Life,” was a celebration of the house’s 50th anniversary. “My father founded the company in 1968, which was the year of counterculture and psychedelia. It’s really a show that celebrates that and the paisley design of India and its origin,” said Veronica Etro. #wwdfashion #mfw #ss18 (📷: @delphineachard)
For @msgm’s spring 2018 show, creative director @massimogiorgetti said “Words, sounds, colors. Synthesis and therapy of a collection,” were the inspirations behind the collection, showing today. Read the rest of Milan spring 2018 inspirations on WWD.com. #mfw #wwdfashion #ss18
For her first solo album in over 10 years, Fergie tapped Carine Roitfeld, Mert and Marcus, Giovanni Bianco and more to create a fashion-focused video approach for the record, Double Dutchess. "Giovanni really helped me get back in touch with my tomboy side, my hardside," said the singer. #wwdeye #wwdfashion ( : @slovekinpics)