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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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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