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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.
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