Fashion Scoops: When in Rome … Top Secret … Black is Back …
WHEN IN ROME: It looks like Fendi has found its new U.S. chief. Word has it in Europe that the Roman fashion house has tapped Gianluca Flore, chief executive officer of the U.S. unit of Bologna, Italy-based apparel giant Gruppo La Perla....
WHEN IN ROME: It looks like Fendi has found its new U.S. chief. Word has it in Europe that the Roman fashion house has tapped Gianluca Flore, chief executive officer of the U.S. unit of Bologna, Italy-based apparel giant Gruppo La Perla. A Fendi spokeswoman in New York declined to comment, and Flore could not immediately be reached. But among his first orders of business will certainly be real estate: as reported, Abercrombie & Fitch is taking over Fendi’s spot at 720 Fifth Avenue. Fendi has said it will maintain a presence in Manhattan.
TOP SECRET: In keeping with her usual trickster antics, Tara Subkoff is being typically coy about the address of her new Imitation of Christ store in New York. Set to open Wednesday, Sept. 8 (the same day as the runway show), the store’s actual address will be revealed the day of. Word is that Subkoff is eyeing other cities like Los Angeles, London and Paris. Wonder what devious tactic she’ll use when she opens in those towns.
BLACK IS BACK: Ferragamo has found a replacement for Graeme Black — the designer himself. Unexpectedly, Black, who parted ways with the Florentine luxury goods house in April, is back as ready-to-wear designer, only this time he will act as a consultant, working with Nathalie Gervais, Ferragamo’s creative director. A Ferragamo spokeswoman confirmed the appointment on Wednesday, but couldn’t disclose further details.
Black didn’t renew his two-year contract when it expired in mid-April due to diverging opinions with Ferragamo’s new management, namely product general manager Hervè Martin, who wants to raise the accessories bar. A source said that in his revised post, Black would have the freedom to consult for other companies.
In July, Fulvio Zendrini resigned as Ferragamo’s international head of communications, only four months into the job, and Clarice Pecori Giraldi, a Prada veteran who most recently was involved in arts-related communication, has replaced him starting this month.
CHOO ON THIS: Looks like those Palm Beach ladies will have to trade in their Jack Rogers sandals in favor of teetering Jimmy Choos. The accessories company is opening a 1,100-square-foot boutique on Worth Avenue later this month. The new shop will keep the Forties boudoir feel found in the company’s other U.S. stores, but Choo president Tamara Mellon has opted to use hues of sea foam green in a nod to the aquatic environs. This will mark the 12th Jimmy Choo store in the U.S. “Worth Avenue is among the world’s most exclusive shopping destinations,” said Mellon. “We are delighted to be opening in such a perfect location for our brand."STREET PREVIEW: “American Style,” Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s new book, won’t be out until later this fall, but images from it are already on display in Bergdorf Goodman’s Fifth Avenue and 58th Street windows. Published by Assouline, “American Style” examines U.S. fashion history through the prism of 200 icons that have influenced it, including Superman, the Rockettes, bodybuilders and the Rat Pack. Bensimon, whose husband, Gilles Bensimon, is publication director of Elle, selected the images and wrote the accompanying text, while Harold Koda, curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, wrote the foreword. And what does Kelly Bensimon see as the essence of American style? “I think the identifying word is ‘leisure,’” she said. “We really created active sportswear. We took the tweed off the golf course and put it into mainstream society.”
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)