FLOOR SHOW: Madonna and Guy Ritchie have them in their London home, while Elton John has bought some for his apartment in Venice. Upscale Hong Kong retailer Joyce Ma collects them, and top Hollywood producer Joel Silver is also a big fan.
Handwoven pure Dandong silk carpets designed by New York artists Brad Davis and Janis Provisor of Fort Street Studio have become some of the hottest collectibles around. Davis and Provisor oversaw the opening of their first Los Angeles exhibit Wednesday night at the Christopher Farr Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard. The exhibit runs until Oct. 25.
“We’ve been thinking about how color is coming back in fashion in a strong way and would like to see it come back in carpets,” said Davis.
Among the brightly hued rugs is one that features 18 shades of pink and another made from jewel tones like dark ruby red. There are also sunshine yellow carpets and pastels with contrasting plum hues. The rugs are priced at around $150 a square foot, so a 9-by-12-foot version would sell for around $15,000.
BOO WHO: There are ghosts in Karl Lagerfeld’s house. Well, sort of.
The designer just bought himself several sets of otherworldly JBL “Creature” speakers for his house in Paris that resemble friendly ghosts of the Casper variety. It turns out the designer, who is cataloging his massive book collection in an underground library in Biarritz, also is organizing his sprawling music collection, which spans more than 60,000 CDs. The speaker sets host iPods, which Lagerfeld is using to store his music collection, rediscovering some favorite, long-lost songs along the way.
“The sound is quite good, non?” he asked, pumping up the volume with a miniature remote control.
Lagerfeld also recently designed a drinking glass with a base that can hold canapés or other cocktail-party items. It will form the basis of a complete collection of signature tableware slated to debut at the Maison et Objets design fair in January.
TOP SHOPPER: Store designers should probably like to shop the way Japanese interior designer Masamichi Katayama does. It’s evident in every page of his new book, “Wonderwall,” which showcases such temples of consumerism as A Bathing Ape in Tokyo, which catapulted his career in 1998.“I set all my knowledge and experience aside when I worked with Nigo [designer of Bathing Ape],” said Katayama at a recent book signing at Colette in Paris. “Twenty articles of clothing in a 1,615-square-foot shop — no ordinary brand would ever do anything like that.”
Multiples and movement are recurring themes in Katayama’s work. At the Beams T store, T-shirts are suspended from a revolving carousel encased in glass. At A Foot Soldier, sneakers rotate on a conveyor belt like raw fish at a sushi bar. Katayama says he needs to keep moving, too.
“Consumers are much faster then trends,” he said. “It’s important to understand the trend and then distance yourself from it.”
100% FASHION: Tucked in amongst the furniture at London’s 100% Design fair last week was a handful of exhibitors who dabble in fashion on the side. The London-based Ting, founded by designer Inghua Ting, presented a new selection of the company’s signature handbags made from seat belt-strap material and introduced a new line of bags made from recycled leather belts.
At the other end of the technology spectrum was designer Ken Yokomizo, who demonstrated “Weairever,” the latest in his series of “wearable lights.” In reality, his design looks like a combination of a headband and earflaps sewn together with glow sticks, but, Yokomizo explained, the hat generates enough light to read a book in the dark. Considering the consequences on one’s style quotient, wearing it in darkness might be for the best.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty