SILVER CHEFS: Three-star chef Alain Passard, from Paris' renowned Arpège restaurant, has stepped into the world of design with unusual flatware realized by Christofle, the French silversmith. Known for his passion for vegetables, Passard came up with a design inspired by his garden utensils: the pruning knife and the garden fork. Though made of silver, they are light and fun to use. The two-piece set retails for 145 euros, or $175 at current exchange, at Christofle stores worldwide. The collaboration will continue with a dish and a saucer. Meanwhile, another chef is running away with a spoon, so to speak. The new Forge de Laguiole store on Rue Boissy d'Anglas in the 8th arrondissement is selling the silverware set that Christian Poumeyrol designed for Michel Bras' three-star restaurant in the Aubrac. — Chantal Goupil
PAWSON UNDERFOOT: Most people don't pay much attention to rugs until they spill something on one. But the British architect John Pawson has given a great deal of thought to his series of flat-weave designs for the London-based rug company Christopher Farr. His seven rugs are based on wire-frame drawings of curved timber lattice screens. These three-dimensional images are then compressed into two-dimensional patterns that prompt observers to scan the rugs for a pattern or code, in the way that one might look at a word-search puzzle. One pattern, for example, was inspired partly by a John Cage musical score.
A glimpse of Pawson's portfolio lists Calvin Klein's Madison Avenue flagship; art dealer Hans Neuendorf's Majorca house; a Cistercian Order monastery in Bohemia, Czech Republic, and Cathay Pacific's airport lounge in Hong Kong. While designing his contribution to the Silken Puerta America Hotel, a Madrid hot spot that showcases the work of 18 world-class architects and designers, Pawson commissioned several rugs from Christopher Farr. Mutual admiration led to this latest endeavor. The rugs, which retail for $5,600, are at Farr's galleries in London and Los Angeles. Some are on display at Ralph Pucci International's Manhattan showroom, along with new work from photographer Christopher Makor and artist Pat Steir.
Pucci has another new undertaking. The company is providing abstract mannequins for "The New China Chic: Eastern Designers, Global Fashions," an exhibition that opens Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington. In keeping with the featured designers' minimal spirit, the mannequins, which the company refers to as "Manikin," are made of gray, unfinished fiberglass. — R.F.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye