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CROSS-COUTURE: Crise or no crise, many couture houses say business is booming. And at least one of them has found a whole new customer base. According to the house's designer, a crop of jet-setting transvestites and...
CROSS-COUTURE: Crise or no crise, many couture houses say business is booming. And at least one of them has found a whole new customer base. According to the house's designer, a crop of jet-setting transvestites and transsexuals has started to buy couture. "One of them comes by private jet and buys ten dresses at once," said the designer. "He goes into the fitting room, just like everybody else." Was this a transsexual or a transvestite? "I don't know if he came with or without an accessory," responded the designer.
FRANCO-ITALIAN PACT: Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace can't seem to get enough of each other. Saturday night, the pair jointly hosted a party chez Karl, and on Monday night they appeared on French television, complimenting each other's collections. Now Karl promises that something "commercial" is in the works, but won't say what. Maybe they'll do QVC together, since Karl is in love with the idea of the new channel. "Diane Von Furstenberg told me all about it, and I'm dying to be on," he said. Karl will certainly have something to pitch later in the year. He and Elizabeth Arden are launching a new perfume named Sun, Moon and Stars. Karl is also planning to do the costumes for Francis Ford Coppola's new movie, "Pinocchio."
LIFE AFTER: Christian Lacroix is getting a new fragrance, too, but not until 1995. No name has been chosen yet for the perfume, which will be produced and distributed by Parfums Givenchy. As for C'est La Vie, Lacroix's current fragrance, there are rumors it may be pulled from the stores. Parfums Dior, which produces that fragrance and is, like Givenchy and Lacroix, controlled by Bernard Arnault, refused to comment.
HAUTE HOSPITAL: The chicest place in Paris around Christmastime was the American Hospital in Neuilly. Among the patients: Marie-Helene de Rothschild, Jacqueline de Ribes and Yves Saint Laurent.
HIGH-DEFINITION COUTURE: Event Media's plan to broadcast the couture collections in the U.S. may have collapsed, but their former French partners have been busy shooting the shows in high-definition TV anyway. Paris-based HD Mode has already shot over a dozen collections and closed a deal to broadcast them on a French cable and satellite chanel. "The U.S. deal didn't fail because it was a bad idea. It failed because we had bad partners," said HD Mode's president Jacques Scandelari, who added that his group is talking with two U.S. groups interested in broadcasting couture footage. Both HD Mode and the Chambre Syndicale are suing Event Media for breach of contract.
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)