Is Karl Lagerfeld ready to take his act to the airwaves? He had lunch with Diane Von Furstenberg, the godmother of QVC, in Paris on Friday.
"It's still too early to give details, but I like the idea [of going on QVC]," said Lagerfeld. "There's a great future in it and everything Diane touches works. I think she's an amazing person and businesswoman."
He added that Von Furstenberg would be his reason for getting involved.
REFLECTIONS ON TV MACY'S
Federated Department Stores' move to purchase a large chunk of R.H. Macy & Co.'s debt may not lead to a takeover of Macy's, but if it does, industry observers wonder how TV Macy's -- the home shopping network due to be launched -- this fall, would fare.
According to analysts, Federated appears somewhat cool to the idea of home shopping.
A source close to Macy's said, "TV Macy's is part of the five-year reorganization plan. Upon emergence from bankruptcy, they feel they'll have a strong independent company."
According to Macy executive vice president Tom Shull, TV Macy's has up to $150 million to play with through an agreement it reached with creditors.
"We don't have plans at this stage to make a capital investment in TV Macy's," he said. "We're continuing to develop the concept and are working with our vendor partners to explore ways of working with them in this new venue.
"The situation with Federated doesn't threaten us in any way," he added.
Retail analysts aren't so sure.
"I think that deal is in jeopardy while [Macy's] is in bankruptcy court," said James M. Meyer, director of research for Janney, Montgomery, Scott in Philadelphia. "I don't think you can justify making a $75 million investment [the price Meyer puts on starting a cable channel] while you're in bankruptcy. It's one of the things Federated has to look at."
Roseanne Arnold has never been known for her sartorial style, but with a tawdry Vanity Fair cover under her garter belt, Arnold is ready to take on the fashion pundits.In April, the brassy star will launch a line of plus-size clothing to be sold on Via TV, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based home shopping network. It will consist of outerwear, knitwear, lingerie and sportswear.
While several TV shopping networks reportedly had been interested in signing Arnold to a licensing agreement, CelebSales, a New York-based manufacturer, met her in Iowa, where she has a home, and sealed the deal.
There is also a Tom Arnold collection, named after Roseanne's husband, in the works.
"He's not a great dresser," said a CelebSales spokeswoman. "We'll have to take a very basic approach."
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)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)