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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews