DESIGN CONFIDENTIAL: Shoe transmitters, "through-the-wall" cameras, the "enigma" cipher machine from World War II and George Washington's handwritten letter about hiring spies are sure to make aspiring agents take pause at the new International Spy...
DESIGN CONFIDENTIAL: Shoe transmitters, "through-the-wall" cameras, the "enigma" cipher machine from World War II and George Washington's handwritten letter about hiring spies are sure to make aspiring agents take pause at the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., but the building's design is also something to investigate. The $35 million project involved linking five historic buildings, including one that once housed the American Communist Party. It opens July 19.To allude to the nature of the display, there are dagger-shaped lights, a bomb-shelter staircase, glass discs with lights drilled in a cement floor for shots of illumination and two-way glass panels that are only transparent at certain angles. Designed to be an "immersive" experience, the museum traces the history and craft of spying from biblical times to today, with well-appointed rooms true to their respective time periods. A library, for example, depicts the early days of espionage in the late 1800s, and another space recreates the Berlin Tunnel, where East and West Germans intercepted one another's messages.Many of the 30 consultants who worked on the project quizzed former spies to assure their designs were accurate, said Patrick Gallagher, principal of Gallagher & Associates, the firm behind the museum's concept and interior design."When you talk to these retired CIA and KGB agents, what was fascinating was their real stories are so much better than the movies," he said.The 70,000-square-foot structure also has the Spy City Cafe, Zola restaurant and a store for disguise kits and such. The aim is to keep crowds coming back after museum hours for book signings, lectures and film screenings.BLACK LIGHT: Alexandre Morgando and Matthieu Bureau, the fashion design duo behind the Alexandre Matthieu label, are now lighting up the interior design domain. The Parisian designers recently completed a light fixture, the result of a year-long collaboration with Austrian crystal manufacturer Swarovski and French lighting manufacturer Lucien Gau. To create the chandelier, the designers used only black-faceted crystals that dangle from a star-shaped aluminum centerpiece. The "Black Burst" retails for about $4,400 and is available at the Lucien Gau studio in the Bastille district of Paris."
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
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)