WHO'S THAT GIRL?: Escorted by a no-nonsense-looking strawberry blonde female FBI agent, the arrest of alleged mob boss Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello on Thursday played out like something from Hollywood. The 85-year-old suspect, who is accused of being the acting chief of the Genovese crime family, was said to be asleep in an easy chair as credits for "The Godfather III" rolled on the TV when he was seized.
Despite looking a tad like Mariska Hargitay, the woman in question is the real deal, and that might explain why reporters are clamoring to interview her. But the FBI is passing on the requests, citing concern for her personal safety. This is new terrain for the buttoned-up bureau. Other agents have been profiled in magazines and newspapers, but generally for their specialty or accomplishments, not their looks. "That's what we were thinking this one was," an FBI spokesman said.
The agent, known only as "Kim,'' wore a black low-waisted pantsuit with a white shirt that would have made J. Edgar Hoover — a real stickler for white shirts — proud. Ianniello, on the other hand, was not so pulled together in Velcro sneakers, a Ralph Lauren shirt with an unbuttoned collar, khakis with what appeared to be a sizable cigarette burn and, of course, handcuffs.
HERE COME THE BRIDES: That former Brooklyn landmark, Kleinfeld, did not leave anything to chance for the opening of its Manhattan store on Friday. Co-owners Mara Urshel and Ronnie Rothstein lined up a priest and a rabbi to bless the new $10 million bridal salon at 110 West 20th Street, and 100 of the company's 185 staffers showed up for extra support.
Plumbers, electricians, architects, painters and staff employees were buzzing around the by-appointment-only wedding boutique Thursday dealing with last-minute fixes. But Rothstein wasn't flummoxed by the blitz — it was familiar territory. In 1956, his father had a crew work through the night before the opening of the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami. The joint's opening act, Harry Belafonte, was among the first to see the finished product.Some minor touch-ups still need to be done at Kleinfeld, but that didn't deter 200 bridal and eveningwear shoppers from visiting the store on opening day.
ELBAZ GOES EAST: While most Paris designers are getting ready to take time off, Lanvin's Alber Elbaz is traveling to Beijing to start working on a huge fashion show he'll stage in the Chinese capital on Sept. 18. It is planned as part of the closing festivities for the "Year of France in China." Other events in the cultural extravaganza will include an exhibit of French art and dance, as well as a Christian Lacroix retrospective.
VIVA ITALIA: Why should Milan have all the fashion fun? There's plenty of bella moda down south in the province of Naples. And about 250 Italian government officials and executives were in New York on Thursday to prove it. They gathered at Cipriani's on 42nd Street to celebrate the region's best in design and style with a gala dinner and fashion show. Ten designers showed their wares, from Amina Rubinacci's casual, sporty knits to Margherita Mazzei's sexpot beachwear to D'Alessandro's wedding whites finale. "Tonight, we're able to bring a piece of the homeland to the U.S.," gushed Giovanna Martana, councilwoman for small business and tourism for the region.
But what was with the occasional French tune as models strutted their stuff? "Naples is an international city," Martana laughed. That may explain one of the lines that was named "La Parisienne a Capri."
EAGLE LANDS: American Eagle opened a new flagship store in Union Square last Wednesday night — with a little help from Nick Lachey, Tori Spelling, Adrian Grenier, Carson Kressley, Karolina Kurkova and Rosario Dawson. The celebs presented awards to the six winners of American Eagle's "Live Your Life" contest. Inspired by American Eagle's new advertising campaign, "Live Your Life," teens and young adults participated in a nationwide contest promoting the idea of aiming high, living large and achieving more. The winners were chosen from 6,000 entries and were granted $25,000 to pursue their philanthropic aspirations. Party-goers rocked out to live music courtesy of hipster band Louis XIV and Nicole Richie's betrothed, DJ AM. The 10,000-square-foot, bi-level Union Square location is the third flagship here, joining the 34th Street and SoHo locations
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty