Fashion Scoops: Wink and You’ll Miss It … Strings Attached … No Souk for You …
WINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT: Wink designer Wynn Smith is skipping the runways in September and instead is planning to send out a stylized look book of his spring collection. "We thought with the craziness of this short season that this would be the...
WINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT: Wink designer Wynn Smith is skipping the runways in September and instead is planning to send out a stylized look book of his spring collection. "We thought with the craziness of this short season that this would be the perfect time to do something different," Smith said.
The collection was inspired by the work of fashion photographer Denis Piel, he said, but that’s an idea that would have been hard to get across on the runway, so the look book will be photographed in a similar style to a shoot Piel once created for GQ, in which a woman is depicted as being obsessed with her boss and following him on a trip he takes with his girlfriend. The book will be photographed by Jan Dikkers and Roman Barrett and available to editors after the Paris collections.
"I remember seeing this story in college and thinking it was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen," Smith said. "We don’t want to duplicate it exactly, but to recreate it the Wink way."
STRINGS ATTACHED: For Holt Renfrew’s month-long Viva Italia festival that kicks off on Thursday, Piazza Sempione is planning to dress a few notable guests — five marionettes from the Gianni and Cosetta Colla Theatre Company. The company created costumes for the puppets based on its fall collection, which will be featured in performances that include operas, tragedies and traditional dances such as the Tarantella.
Cosetta Colla, artistic director of the troupe, said the collaboration was based on two companies that share the same values, but even she was a little perplexed by the fashion statement: "Who would have thought that our puppets could rival the beautiful women who model them?" she asked.
NO SOUK FOR YOU: A spokeswoman for Elite Models, which represents Lauren Bush, said the first niece "wasn’t feeling well and was sick to her stomach" when she arrived in Barcelona for fashion week there, and could not corroborate an item in the Spanish daily La Vanguardia that Bush canceled her plans to model in a fashion show Thursday because of its Arabian theme.
Agence France Press, quoting the paper, said Bush, 17, had intended to model for Toypes, designed by Jorge Galinanez, but refused when she saw the harem pants, turbans and tunics and saw the set and heard music that fit the Arabian theme. Her mother, Sharon, who accompanied her, insisted her daughter not participate, given the political situation and the imminent anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.The report added that Bush had been scheduled to do Barcelona fashion week last year, but canceled because it fell right after Sept. 11.
The Elite spokeswoman seemed skeptical that Bush canceled the show for political reasons. "That doesn’t sound like her. Then again, she is a vegetarian." Bush herself was in transit and could not be reached for comment.
MODEL RIGHTS: If you can’t win them over with words, win them over with beauty. That’s part of the strategy behind a protest that the Italian model union, Federmodelle, is planning to stage before the Italian parliament next month in Rome. Organizers plan to bring 40 models before the body in an effort to push for stronger rights for these women.
At issue: legal residence for models that come from other countries, such as the Czech Republic and Poland. Current Italian law makes it almost impossible for these women to gain legal work status and all the protections that come with it. Federmodelle hopes the protest will persuade the government to include the foreign models under a specific article that grants such rights and protections.
IMMORALTIZED IN POST: A handful of Italians designers are getting stamped. On Aug. 30, Italy’s national postal service issued 15 million stamps bearing fashion creations from Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Krizia, Gianfranco Ferré and Laura Biagiotti. The project, called "Italian Design," was masterminded with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana. To illustrate the 42-cent stamps, each designer sent an image with an outfit that is quintessential to the company’s style. Cases in point are a black bra from Dolce & Gabbana, a gray pinstriped suit by Armani, and Prada’s brocade court pumps and similar skirt.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“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)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)