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John Galliano, whose passion for bias-cut glamour is influencing many couture collections, is still searching for backing to mount an rtw collection in March - and to insure delivery of the present collection....
John Galliano, whose passion for bias-cut glamour is influencing many couture collections, is still searching for backing to mount an rtw collection in March - and to insure delivery of the present collection. Now he faces a more pressing problem, however: finding a roof to put over his own head. Galliano was reportedly booted out of his Marais apartment after neighbors complained about his wild partying.
Rupert Everett, fresh from spending three months in a Rome cemetery while acting in an Italian horror flick, has signed to appear in Robert Altman's "Pret-a-Porter." Everett will play the part of studio assistant to designer Robert De Niro. That's right, Robert De Niro as a Paris designer.
Though you would never have guessed it from the scores of autograph hunters outside Gianni Versace's Ritz show Saturday, this season's couture has conspicuously failed to draw many grandes dames or big guns form cinema or rock 'n' roll. Among the most obvious social no-shows are Americans, with the exception of Lynn Wyatt. "I'm feelin' mighty lonely," said Lynn, who's actually having the time of her life. The best rocker Gianni Versace could produce for his Ritz show was Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, several notches down from Madonna or Elton John.
Kyle MacLachlan is also here, but he doesn't care about fashion shows; he only has eyes for Linda Evangelista. On Sunday, the pair could be seen having an intimate drink at the Ritz bar and sharing a silver dish of french fries - with ketchup, of course. And late Saturday night, Tatiana Patitz, who is making a kind of runway comeback, was seen having a late-night tete-a-tete with her new beau, Johnny Depp.
There's a new frost covering Paris. Linda, Amber and Tatjana are showing off soft but sunny streaks and highlights. On the runways, hair is also getting longer: Linda is growing hers out again now that her face is known all over the world, and Amber is sporting a rather unflattering Karen Carpenter do. Off the catwalks, however, the more mature beauties, like Isabella Rosellini, are going short. Carole Bouquet, who was sitting in Chanel's front row, has also chopped off her long locks - perhaps after hearing the rumor that young Uma Thurman may become a new Chanel face. "I decided to cut it on my own," she said.CARROUSEL
It may not be the perfect setting for haute couture, but the new Carrousel du Louvre is functioning quite nicely as the new home of French fashion. The entrance reminds many of an upscale mall, but once inside the fashion theaters, it's just like the old Louvre tents - without the wind and the leaky canvas. Even Karl Lagerfeld, who inaugurated the Carrousel Saturday morning, liked it, despite the fact that he and Pierre Berge are leading a two-man crusade to oust Jacques Mouclier, who was one of the men responsible for building the underground complex. Mouclier, head of the Chambre Syndicle, was nonetheless on hand at the Chanel collection, greeting arrivals and receiving compliments about the place with a simple "I know."
KARL AND GIANNI'S DINNER
It had been billed as an intimate dinner for a few of Lagerfeld and Versace's friends, but it turned out to be the big event of the Paris weekend, complete with 140 guests. At the center table in the ballroom/photo studio of Lagerfeld's Rue de l'Universite hotel particulier, Karl and Gianni held court with Lynn Wyatt, Ira von Furstenberg, Veronica Hearst, a sprinkling of fashion editors and Susan Guttfreund, who had assumed the role of maitresse de maison, seating people and ordering waiters around. Unlike Karl's last couture dinner, when Richard Gere got in a fight with Brian McNally, everything was friendly - except for a petite tiff between Gilles Dufour and Claudia Schiffer, when Schiffer arrived two hours late. Even from a supermodel, Count Dufour found this behavior "pas comme il faut."
The fashion express, otherwise known as the Concorde, is fuller than ever these days. It helps, of course, that the Crown Prince of Kuwait recently used it to go from New York to Paris. And the Crown Prince does not fly alone: According to the airplane attendants, he booked 47 seats, 25 of them for wives and other female relatives, and the rest for security. And to insure prompt service, the Prince did what every high-roller does: he started passing out tips to the stewardesses.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion