Fashion Scoops: What’s Old and What’s New … Who Said There are No Celebs … Guerilla Goes Mainstream …
WHAT’S OLD AND WHAT’S NEW: "I was a model once, so this isn’t anything new to me," said Lorraine Bracco as she entered Diane Von Furstenberg’s show on Sunday night, fresh from a matinee of "The Graduate" and casual in an Oscar...
WHAT’S OLD AND WHAT’S NEW: "I was a model once, so this isn’t anything new to me," said Lorraine Bracco as she entered Diane Von Furstenberg’s show on Sunday night, fresh from a matinee of "The Graduate" and casual in an Oscar de la Renta turtleneck and black Donna Karan pants. At least DVF’s clothes were something new to her, since her modeling career predated the designers’ multiple comebacks. "I was too old," she sighed.
A fresher face to the catwalks, that of Lauren Bush, turned up a few minutes later. Bush — who’s been making the New York scene like mad over the past week — was shopping for clothes that would travel well, suitable for the lifestyle of a model-cum-budding-designer-cum-co-ed. "The best thing about Diane’s clothes," she said, "is that you can wear them wherever you want." What about to the Dior party she attended last week?
WHO SAID THERE ARE NO CELEBS?: Of all the people in the world who couldn’t possibly be less accustomed to a photographer’s flashbulb, public relations stalwart Lizzie Grubman, surrounded by a dozen paparazzi at Alice Roi’s show Sunday night, thinks the media overload is actually a sign that New York has regained its fashion sense. "It’s great to see fashion week is back to what it once was," she said, although she admitted there were an awful lot of photographers for basically two demi-celebs — her and Damon Dash. "There were a lot more celebrities last season."
GUERRILLA GOES MAINSTREAM: Among the hordes of newspaper flingers and taxicab hailers outside the tents before Carolina Herrera’s show was a group of young women handing out blue canvas tote bags from Gap. Turns out the freebies are part of a three-day spree by the chain to place its products on some of the industry’s most fashionable heads. Some of the Gap workers said they’d be giving out shrunken polo shirts outside Bill Blass’ show today and crusher hats at Michael Kors on Wednesday. But the plug had one adverse affect the company surely wasn’t expecting. Within an hour of Herrera’s show, several women were spotted at the Gap on 42nd Street and Broadway attempting to return the $78 bags.
OUR LONDON FRIENDS: The London stage is fast becoming Hollywood’s answer to London Fashion Week — a rite of passage, despite the modest stage wages. Matthew Perry is the latest in a flock of Hollywood actors — Casey Affleck, Matt Damon and Tobey Maguire among them — trying to prove he can emote as much onstage as on-screen. Playing opposite Minnie Driver, Perry will star in David Mamet’s "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." The production, which opens at The Comedy Theatre in May, follows the fortunes of four young people looking for love. What happened to the other two "Friends," though?
TO ELLE WITH ’EM: Elle magazine might have reaped some good exposure for its plan to arrange taxi service around the shows, but several people are complaining that its little taxi kiosks near Bryant Park and other fashion show sites are a bust. Even though Elle said there was supposed to be a fleet of 500 cabs available, they must have meant cumulatively. And the promise that some of them were free doesn’t seem to be the case for the rare few who have found them.
A few minutes after DKNY’s show on Monday in the far reaches of Chelsea, none were available at the kiosk on 10th Avenue and 21st Street. "I’ve seen the kiosks," said Robert Burke, vice president and senior fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman. "But where are the cabs?" Valets in Elle gear at that corner said there had been 20 cabs there just a minute before, but they had all been taken.
VENUE VERSACE: After several seasons showing at her palazzo in Via Gesù, Donatella Versace reportedly plans to hold her fall show at Milan’s Spazio Antologico, a group of studios about 20 minutes from the city’s center. The designer will have one evening presentation of both the Versus and Versace lines on March 4. A source close to the company said Versace was "ready to make a change" and was looking for a "new, large, exciting space." In true Versace style, a party will follow — no doubt with plenty of her signature celebrities.
Meanwhile, guests who make their way to May’s annual Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center benefit — sponsored by Versace — might get more than they bargained for. Past themes for the gambling party have run the gamut from Monte Carlo to Las Vegas, but this year’s event won’t rely on any of those dicey locales. "Indecent Proposal," is the evening’s handle, with chairmen Eugenie Niven, Tory Burch, Hilary Dick, Anne Grauso, Courtney Moss and Alexis Waller in sexy getups to match.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews