LAIRD'S NEW LAIR?: Trey Laird, executive vice president of corporate imaging and creative director of Donna Karan International, might be leaving to set up his own creative shop -- and he could get Karan as his first client. Laird was unavailable for...
LAIRD'S NEW LAIR?: Trey Laird, executive vice president of corporate imaging and creative director of Donna Karan International, might be leaving to set up his own creative shop -- and he could get Karan as his first client. Laird was unavailable for comment, and DKI officials weren't talking. Laird established Karan's in-house creative services department in 1994, developing ad campaigns and collateral materials for the Donna Karan Collection, DKNY and licensed products. Among the most notable Collection campaigns were those featuring Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and Jeremy Irons and Milla Jovovich.
COMING SOON?: After a cameo appearance on "Friends" last Thursday night, Alec Baldwin has set his sights on the fashion industry. Baldwin told WWD he'd love to do a movie about Halston. He's also intrigued with Yves Saint Laurent, but thinks Halston's life would make a much better movie. Currently, Baldwin's working on a book about divorce and the intense emotions that are associated with it. He and Kim Basinger filed for divorce last year.
Baldwin was among the guests at a New Yorker luncheon at the '21' Club on Friday, where Sen. Hillary Clinton was the guest speaker. Other guests included Patti Smith, Candace Bergen, Leonard Lauder, Marvin Traub, Beverly Sills, Nora Ephron and Mort Janklow.
David Remnick, editor in chief, posed questions to Clinton about the $20 billion aid package to New York; her opinion on President Bush's performance so far, and Saddam Hussein, to which she gave lengthy answers. But when asked whether she still feels she was under attack by the right-wing conspiracy during her White House years, Clinton stopped dead in her tracks. "I don't know," she said. "I'm a forward-looking person."
SYNERGY spotlight: Teen People's luncheon last week commemorating "20 teens that will change the world," could just have easily been billed as "20 ways in which synergy has changed the world." Of the four performers tapped to sing at the event, three were Warner Bros. and Atlantic recording artists, also the parent company of Teen People. Atlantic, which is owned by AOL Time Warner, also provided a cohost, Val Azzoli, the label's co-ceo. In the corner, a news crew from the WB11 was on hand to interview the teens being honored. "I don't have any issue with holding an event with AOL," said Teen People managing editor Barbara O' Dair. "When it comes to the editorial content of the magazine, however, AOL Time Warner's ownership has no effect."Not quite. Though the magazine's cover girl, Pink, is not part of the AOL Time Warner stable, the subjects of the other two entertainment-related coverlines are both from the Warner family: A piece on "Friends," which is owned by Warner Bros., and one on P.O.D., a band from Atlantic Records.
A section called "Picks Now," which recommends various entertainment-related products, is also full of Warner products: Two out of three CDs suggested are by Warner artists and two of the three DVDs are films financed by Village Roadshow, a co-venture with Warner Bros.' film division.
None of the articles on Warner-related artists and products make mention of their position within the AOL Time Warner empire. The article on P.O.D. does state that the band is signed to Atlantic, but it does not say that Atlantic is owned by AOL Time Warner.
Of the 20 teens profiled in the current issue, 11 of whom are entertainment-related, two have deals with companies within the AOL Time Warner operation. Michelle Branch is a recording artist with Madonna's Maverick label, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Chaille Stovall, a 13-year-old documentary filmmaker, has a deal with HBO, another AOL property. A third, Jena Malone, recently appeared in the film, "Life as a House," which was produced and distributed by New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Pictures. The teens were given $1,000 each by L'Oreal's charity division, which usually gives money to nonprofit causes.
Additionally, the magazine's Web site is peppered with cross-promotional features and links. A link for an article on Brandy, an Atlantic artist, is prominently featured, as is a chat option through AOL. A smaller link on the far right of the page takes users to an article on M2M, a teen pop duo also on Atlantic.
@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