The landscape of fashion may continue to change, but one thing will always stay the same — cocktail parties are bound to remain a great opportunity to put a chief executive or an elusive designer on the spot with a tricky subject. Such was the...
The landscape of fashion may continue to change, but one thing will always stay the same — cocktail parties are bound to remain a great opportunity to put a chief executive or an elusive designer on the spot with a tricky subject. Such was the case at several events surrounding the more serious matter of ceo discourse during the annual WWD/DNR CEO Summit, where guests were as likely to bump into Burt Tansky, ceo of Neiman Marcus Group, as they were a designer like Dries Van Noten, Carolina Herrera or Zac Posen.
Conversation at these things tends to stick to rating the speakers on hand, but on the heels of the election, there were broader issues facing the fashion industry, such as who the assembled guests would nominate to become the next great celebrity designer. Hal Upbin, chairman and ceo of Kellwood Co., came up with what was probably the most clever answer among the lot. After briefly considering the possibility of the late Frank Sinatra, he settled on talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
“Just think, it could be very unisex looking,” he said. “It would appeal to everyone.”
Gilbert Harrison, chairman of the investment banking firm Financo Inc., considered the possibility of today’s pop star talent and responded with a thought many others were thinking: “Your ability to sing is converse to your ability to design.”
Looking into fashion’s crystal ball has always been an amusing parlor game for industry executives, but pulling the next Jennifer Lopez or P. Diddy out of their hats proved a difficult feat. As Chet Hazzard, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Vera Wang Ltd., noted, “I think the future will become even more democratic as the years pass.”
“It’s not going to be about being a couture designer or being a celebrity designer,” Hazzard said. “It’s going to be about great product and how you put it together.”
“The future of fashion is something that is supposed to be mysterious,” added Herrera with a wink. “Fashion is mystery. You never know where you are going. It changes so quickly. It is so ephemeral. We just have to stick together and keep doing it.”— Eric Wilson
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion