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 grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)