WHAT’S UP WITH GWEN?: Time to start jamming up the Harrison & Shriftman fax (number: 917-351-8601) with front-row requests for what could be the hottest ticket of the season: Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. For the Sept. 16 Roseland Ballroom affair, the blonde bombshell has enlisted the help of runway production magic man Alexandre de Betak, known for his fanciful presentations chez Dior, Viktor & Rolf and, last season, JLo. Backstage, Stefani will be running the show with L.A.M.B.’s head designer, Zaldy; stylist Andrea Lieberman; hair stylist Danilo, and makeup artist Kathy Jeung. On the runway, expect to see some bona fide sky-high fashion shoes — a side project she’s been working on. Also in the works for Stefani are costume jewelry — to launch fall 2006 — as well as luxury bags and fragrance, which should provide catfight fodder for the beauty giants.
DIDDY CITY: It’s not like Sean Combs is known for following tradition, but it seems odd that he’d list a string of far-flung locations on the outside of his New York boutique. Underneath the boutique’s name, Combs runs a list of trendy cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and Tokyo. But currently, Diddy only has one boutique. A representative for the company said those cities are listed because they’re “the fashion capitals of the world.” Maybe Combs is using the list of cities as a to-do list: A store in L.A. is currently in the works.
EYE-TO-EYE: Since sexy shades are to Bono what a navy T-shirt is to Giorgio Armani, it seems natural that the rock star chose to wear a pair of vintage Emporio Armani sunglasses for U2’s Vertigo tour, including last Wednesday night’s Milan concert. Armani revised the wraparound plastic style especially for Bono and stocked him up with red, green, blue and brown versions. What’s more, to get the band to unwind after the megashow at the San Siro stadium, Armani organized a casual lunch with the rockers Thursday in his Via Borgonuovo palazzo.FAST-TRACK FASHION: Having put financial muscle behind British labels Alexander McQueen and Boudicca, American Express is offering support to new names in the U.K. fashion industry via a new venture called Business Express. AmEx will choose a recipient each year. The first is Yong Hei Fong, a graduate of London’s Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. He will take part in a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading figures in the world of retail, fashion and finance. Those mentors include Alexander McQueen, Jane Shepherdson, brand director of Topshop, and Sarah Mower, a freelance journalist at U.S. Vogue. He also will talk to strategic financial advisers at American Express. “The industry has long been crying out for this kind of support,” McQueen said in a statement. “I’m really pleased to be involved in it. Being instrumental in helping young designers build successful careers is important to me.”
D&G GETS INTO COSTUME: D&G is launching a line of costume jewelry produced and distributed by Binda SpA, the watch manufacturer that already makes hip timepieces for the brand. The collection will be available in D&G’s Italian freestanding stores starting in mid-October and will roll out to European cities such as London, Paris and Munich in 2006. A spokeswoman for D&G, the snazzy younger line designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, said the details are being ironed out as to whether the line will eventually retail in the U.S., as well as how the collection will come together in terms of design, number of styles and price range.
FOOTSTEP: Giambattista Valli is taking a step up. The former Emanuel Ungaro designer, who launched his own brand last March, has signed a license with Italy’s Roland for a shoe line. The first collection will bow for spring/summer 2006 and will consist of some 60 styles, with an emphasis on evening.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews