DIANE AND DANCE: Diane Von Furstenberg continued supporting the arts Thursday night by hosting an intimate gathering at her West Village headquarters to preview "Forward," the latest piece by the contemporary dance company danielandsomesuperfriends....
DIANE AND DANCE: Diane Von Furstenberg continued supporting the arts Thursday night by hosting an intimate gathering at her West Village headquarters to preview "Forward," the latest piece by the contemporary dance company danielandsomesuperfriends. According to Daniel Wilkins, who founded the dance troupe two years ago, the performance investigates the limits of physical architecture, athleticism and agility through techniques from ballet and modern dance. "Diane’s studio is like an empty palette and an ideal location for what we do artistically," said Wilkins. It is the third piece the group has performed at Von Furstenberg’s and it includes 19 numbers performed by six dancers. "Forward" opens to the public tonight and runs through Saturday with shows beginning at 8 p.m. at Diane Von Furstenberg The Theater. Tickets are $15 and available at the door.
FERRAGAMO KUDOS: Salvatore Ferragamo was honored as best international brand of the year in China last week. Ferruccio Ferragamo, chief executive officer, received the award during a ceremony at the Opera House in Shanghai, at the gala evening MTV-Lycra Fashion Awards 2002, which was shown live on MTV in China. The Asia/Far East region is one of the company’s main markets, accounting for 46 percent of sales, which last year were $525.9 million (converted from euros at current exchange rates). There are 14 Ferragamo sales points in China, seven of which are company owned.
LESS REDRESS:CIT Group/Commercial Services won a partial victory last month when a Manhattan federal district court judge dismissed individual antitrust claims against it and seven other factors dubbed the Uptown Credit Group. As reported, Donald Weiner, owner of a Plainview, N.Y.-based retail chain called Dresses for Less, filed a lawsuit in May 2001 against CIT and Uptown Credit Group, alleging that the defendants bankrupted firms Weiner co-owned by denying them credit. Claims by several apparel firms owned or co-owned by Weiner were allowed to continue.
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.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion