WYNN-ING SCULPTURES: Donna Karan doesn’t have a boutique at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, but she was still involved in the project in a different way. The hotel boasts a horse and a shoe bronze sculpture by...
WYNN-ING SCULPTURES: Donna Karan doesn’t have a boutique at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, but she was still involved in the project in a different way. The hotel boasts a horse and a shoe bronze sculpture by Stephan Weiss, her late husband. The hotel’s owner, Steve Wynn, first saw the horse at the opening of the Hampton Classic in South Hampton, N.Y., two years ago. He was impressed with the sculpture, and bought it for his hotel last February. When Karan sent him the prototype of a shoe sculpture, he snapped that up, too. The horse now greets guests at the hotel’s main entrance, while the shoe is situated at its VIP entrance.
Karan, who went to the opening last week, was impressed by the resort. “It blew me away,” she said. “It was beyond exciting. I was like a little girl, wanting to get on top of the horse. I was so honored. What a compliment from a man who has the eye for so much art.”
She even did a double-take when she stumbled across the SW restaurant at the resort. “Steve Wynn has the same initials as Stephan,” she quipped. “For a second I thought, ‘Stephan has a restaurant here too?’”
FASHION LINKS: If you were trying to get one of the top apparel or retail honchos on the phone Monday to talk about the Neiman Marcus deal, you would have been better off heading to the golf course. Roger Farah, Marvin Traub, Bob Skinner, Gilbert Harrison, Jay Diamond, Larry Leeds, Abbey Doneger and John and Laura Pomerantz skipped work on Monday and were among the 110 golfers who participated in the Inaugural FIT Golf Classic at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. The event, sponsored by The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, raised more than $200,000 and netted more than $130,000 for the Educational Development Fund to support scholarships, curriculum development and financial aid.
HELLO DOLLY: Evidently being dressed by designers like Giorgio Armani and Donatella Versace just wasn’t enough for Barbie. The world’s most famous doll is once again making her fashion statement, this time for her biggest fans. Benetton and Mattel have inked a deal for a new fashion collection targeting girls ages three to 12. The collection, which bows in Benetton stores across the world in September, comprises more than 50 apparel and accessories pieces, ranging from colorful Fair Isle sweaters to orange legwarmers, cropped jeans and suede sneakers. Benetton said it turned to the “world’s leading style capitals”: London, Paris, New York and Stockholm for inspiration. It’s presenting items grouped into looks representing each city. The London line, for example, features punkish lace-up boots and a T-shirt printed with a crown, while the Stockholm portion includes pink earmuffs and a bag shaped like a polar bear. Benetton said it expects the first fall season of the clothes to generate about 8 million euros, or $10.36 million at current exchange rates, in company revenues. As part of the deal, Mattel and Benetton are issuing four “Barbie Loves Benetton” dolls wearing miniature versions of the clothing line. The dolls will be sold in Benetton stores and in major toy retailers. A special Christmas apparel collection and doll are planned for the holiday season.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.