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."
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
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)