Now that Demi Moore is set to play the scorned adulteress, Hester Prynne, in "The Scarlet Letter," the film remake of the famous Nathaniel Hawthorne classic, an offer is out to Richard Gere to co-star with Demi. (The thought occurs that maybe it comes...
Now that Demi Moore is set to play the scorned adulteress, Hester Prynne, in "The Scarlet Letter," the film remake of the famous Nathaniel Hawthorne classic, an offer is out to Richard Gere to co-star with Demi. (The thought occurs that maybe it comes as news to you that Demi was set for the picture in the first place -- if so, be my guest). The story goes that Mel Gibson was first offered the male lead but that he passed. Maybe he'll hate himself in the morning for that decision. On the other hand, maybe he won't. Whatever, the film will be directed by Roland Joffe, who made the great movie "The Killing Fields." Oh, and as anyone up on his ancient Hollywood history knows, "The Scarlet Letter" was made into a movie decades and decades ago with the famous stage actress Jeanne Eagels playing Hester to the hilt.
Changing agents in Hollywood is just another form of Musical Chairs. "What have you done for me lately?" is the credo movieland lives by. The latest star to convince herself that the grass is always greener elsewhere is Kim Basinger, who left her agent at ICM and signed with CAA's Ron Meyer, often described as "the second most powerful man in Hollywood," where they toss hyperbole to the winds on a regular basis. Not that Meyer doesn't have a stable of high-strung mares and fillies, including Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, Madonna, Whoopi Goldberg and Cher, plus such stallions as Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas and Alec Baldwin, Kim's handsome husband, who has just about completed filming in Los Angeles on "The Shadow" for producer Martin Bregman.
The author, A.E. Hotchner and Ursula, his wife of many years, have decided the marriage has run its course and there's no use prolonging the inevitable. Actually, it was Ursula who decided.
Catty chatter under the catwalks has it that supermodel Naomi Campbell changes her hairdo frequently to please her loved one, U2 bassist Adam Clayton. The cats say she needn't bother, that Adam really prefers her au naturel -- or at least topless.
Speaking of that sort of thing, Claudia Schiffer has been photographed without anything on at all from the waist up in the French Antilles on the beach in Saint Barthelmey. Her love, the magician David Copperfield -- you first read about their romance here -- was nowhere to be seen. Unless he made himself disappear. Oh, hahahahaha.A regal romance predicted NOT to end in matrimony is the thing going between Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia (a possible future king of Italy if you believe in miracles) and the alluring Alejandra di Andia. Alejandra's seven years Fili's senior and considered by the family not only too aged but too sophisticated for their little boy. Furthermore, she's a divorcee and a mother, of all shocking things. To cap it all, she recently appeared at a pompous Parisian gala, where her potential in-laws were present, undressed to the teeth. Said a guest, "You could see right through her." In more ways than one.
Valentino, accompanied by his right-hand woman, the glamorous Countess Georgina Brandolini, will be in Washington Friday night for the Washington Opera's opening night of "Dream of Valentino," for which the famous Italian fashion designer has designed all the costumes. Of course, the opera's not about Val the couturier but Rudolph Valentino, the silent screen star, whose sloe eyes and heavy breathing drove women mad in the Twenties. Women worshipped him, shamelessly throwing themselves at his head -- and any other part they could reach.
The opera, written by composer Dominick Argento, depicts Hollywood as Babylon, the "dream factory" of the New World. American tenor Robert Brubaker, playing Valentino, will be costumed in a lot of pleated trousers, double-breasted jackets, classic dinner jackets and fur-collared overcoats. The women in the legendary lover's life will wear cascading lace, ostrich plumes, clouds of chiffon and tons of beading. It was an era when females lived fast, played hard and dressed to kill. And men were glad of it.
That beautiful Paris couple, Maryll and Bernard Lanvin, whose name has been synonymous for years with haute couture and French perfume that rocks the room, stopped off in New York after a holiday in Nassau and Palm Beach, and Nan Kempner got them. In their honor, Nan gave one of her Sunday Night Specials, a groaning board buffet in her beautiful dining room preceded by cocktails in her even-more-beautiful living room with its Coromandel screen stretching from wall to wall. It's the only way, really.
Maryll, who used to design for the House of Lanvin, designed the double crepe black pleated-at-the-bottom pants she wore with a little black jersey top. Saint Laurent designed the black velvet shirt and pants Nan wore with a black belt sporting a big diamante clip. And this is who was there: Hannah and Alan Pakula, (director of the hit movie "The Pelican Brief"), Blaine Trump, Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Catie and Don Marron, Kenneth Jay Lane, Jerry Zipkin, Antoinette and Mitia Guerrini-Maraldi, Duane and Mark Hampton, Glenn Bernbaum, Peter Bucanovic, Susan and John Gutfreund, Paul Wilmot, Lucy and Francois Boutin, Barbara de Kwiatkowski, Princess Firyal of Jordan with Texas tycoon Tom Taylor, Lane Montgomery, Khalil Rizk, Georgette Mosbacher, Gale and Bill Haseltine, like that. The Lanvins left the next day for Paris and their chateau in the countryside, one of the most beautiful in all France. It's the only way, really, or did I already say that?Two famous Canadians capering at the National Hockey League's All-Star game at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 22 will be Mike Myers, the simply adorable star of "Saturday Night Live" and "Wayne's World," who simply adores the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Linda Evangelista, the gorgeous supermodel and hockey fan, who simply adores actor Kyle McLachlan. Linda's admirers from all over are breathlessly waiting to see if she turns up with Kyle at the Garden. If not, they'd be thrilled out of their minds to warm the seat beside her.
Seen at the new Arcimboldo restaurant: Patrick Dupond, the premier danseur of France and the director of the Paris Opera Ballet, spent the holidays at Miami's South Beach before meeting in New York with Twyla Tharp, rehearsing and preparing to perform at the Paris Opera this week. Then, on Jan. 28, he's off to Monte Carlo for Prince Rainier's big circus festival. You know about that, don't you? Rainier invites all the circuses from all over the world to try out their new acts at the five-day festival, which he personally presides over. Rainier just loves a circus. Except the one his offspring seem to provide from time to time -- with Princess Stephanie performing in the center ring.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty