Scoops: Shock Talk … Temper, Temper, Part Two … Tough Sell
SHOCK TALK: As far as Alexander McQueen is concerned, the New York fashion industry consists of "200 Anna Suis and that guy Todd Oldham." So McQueen is going to do his best to give New York what he thinks is a much-needed wakeup call...
SHOCK TALK: As far as Alexander McQueen is concerned, the New York fashion industry consists of "200 Anna Suis and that guy Todd Oldham." So McQueen is going to do his best to give New York what he thinks is a much-needed wakeup call on Tuesday night with a film about his collection. The screening is part of a party being held by In the Mix to celebrate the opening of its new West Broadway offices. The 25-year-old London designer, who has worked for Koji Tatsuno and Romeo Gigli, caught the attention of editors at his second show this February. He calls his look "classic tailoring with a hint of perversity," and says, "I want to give New York a kick up the ass, really. I'm trying to break down the boundaries of tailoring and fabric, and the film is going to show people things that aren't what they like to see."Such as? "Transvestites, just as they are -- not all dressed up. And things that inspire me, like old Man Ray or Mary Ellen Mark photos. It's done in a way that will shock people."TEMPER, TEMPER, PART TWO: "Poor little Laura Whitcomb -- give me a break! I feel like poor little Oribe!" If Oribe didn't have a temper tantrum backstage Saturday night at Laura Whitcomb's fashion show, which started nearly an hour late, he sure blew his stack when he heard that Whitcomb blamed him for the fiasco (Tuesday's WWD)."I was doing this for nothing," says the hairstylist. "I told her, 'You should keep the little amount of money you're paying me and go to a finishing school, because you have to learn how to talk to people."'The argument between the stylist and the designer erupted, says Oribe, when Whitcomb ordered him to brush out one of his elaborate coifs."Who does she think she is, Calvin Klein? He pays me $20,000 -- he says brush it out, I brush it out. "Karl Lagerfeld tells me, 'The girls don't go out until you say they go out.' And here's this little girl who designs in an Adidas tennis shoe ordering me around. I'm 38 years old -- I could be her father!"TOUGH SELL: Russell Simmons is determined to get his Phat Farm into Bloomingdale's. At Anna Sui's show, he yelled over people's heads to Kal Ruttenstein, asking him if he'd seen the fall line yet. Ruttenstein shook his head no. Simmons response? "Oh come on. It is so fresh. You got all that Double RL and all that stuff."
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
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“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim
“I genuinely fell in love with water, I fell in love with Fiji, I fell in love with the whole life that we lived for those few months,” says @mrsamclaflin of filming for his new movie “Adrift” with @shailenewoodley. The 31-year-old actor spoke with WWD about his upcoming projects, meeting Jamie Dornan and working with co-star Woodley. #wwdeye (📷: @jamstoker)
3 years ago, fans of the late singer Aaliyah started calling for a collaboration with @maccosmetics. With the strength of social media — including mock ups of products — 25,000 people signed a Change.org petition for a limited-edition collection, and MAC couldn’t ignore the buzz. Tomorrow, MAC will unveil MAC x Aaliyah, a tribute to the singer who passed away nearly 17 years ago. Head to our stories to preview the new collection, which was worked on by Aaliyah’s family and inspired directly by her makeup bag. #wwdbeauty
Artistic director @clarewaightkeller will be dedicating @givenchyofficial’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris on July 1 to house founder Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away in March at age 91. Givenchy said the collection would be “an homage to his iconic creations, technique, and personal lexicon” and a “celebration of his timeless elegance and grace.” Head to WWD.com to read more. #wwdfashion (📷: Delphine Achard)