HERRERA RISES TO THE TOP: Carolina Herrera tops the list of Modern Bride's 25 leading trendsetters this year. Renowned chef Daniel Boulud and high-flying British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson will also be toasted at the magazine's May 9 awards ceremony at the New York Palace Hotel. Branson's Virgin Galactic is testing flights just out of the Earth's atmosphere — new territory for more adventuresome brides-to-be. J. Crew's senior vice president of women's design, Jenna Lyons, also made the cut on this year's list by spearheading the brand's bridal launch. Designers Lela Rose and Nicole Miller will be among those doling out the awards. Wedding scene setter Antony Todd, celebrity cinematographer Paul Korver, wedding planner Mary Micucci, DJ Donna D'Cruz, culinary queen Abigail Kirsch and makeup artist Kimara Ahnert will also be honored. Chris Madden, who designs a home collection for J.C. Penney, one of the event sponsors, will present Modern Bride's first Loving Spirit Award to the I Do Foundation, an organization that encourages engaged couples to line up wedding-related charitable giving. The Bacon Brothers, aka Kevin and Michael Bacon, will play.
J&J IN CHINA: Johnson & Johnson has acquired the Chinese skin care firm Dabao for 2.3 billion yuan, or almost $300 million at current exchange rates, according to news reports in China. The deal was said to have been made on March 27. Dabao, which makes value to midpriced items, will maintain its proprietary brand, a published report said. Johnson & Johnson spokesman Jeffrey Leebaw said the company "does not comment on speculative reports."
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion