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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)