It wouldn’t be Fashion Week in Los Angeles without plenty of extracurricular activities.
On Tuesday night, for example, parties for Hugo Boss and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios went head to head. The German house invaded the Beverly Hills Hotel with 700 guests, who included graffiti artists, break dancers and DJ AM, also known as Adam Goldberg and Nicole Richie’s fiancé. A few hours before the Ibiza-themed party got under way, Hugo Boss designer Volker Kaechele chatted about the brand’s new retail concept that will debut in the Berlin store in late July. “Each store is independent of the others in its look,” Kaechele said, noting that the new designs will feature environments specific to each location, with furniture created by local artists and merchandise selected for each store. After Berlin, Tokyo is next up for redesign.
Across town in Culver City, a totally different scene was taking place at fashion week’s Rock the Runway party, held at the new HD Buttercup megastore in the historic Helms Bakery Building. The event, which raised over $100,000 for the City of Hope, attracted 1,200 guests. Host Cindy Crawford tried, to no avail, to quiet the crowd for her introductions, and the din ensued throughout the too-short acoustic show by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. After their performance, singer Karen O patiently took photographs with fan after fan while guitarist Nick Zinner explained that the indie darlings are about to record a new album in Los Angeles. O’s commute to the studio should be a cinch, now that she’s moved from New York to the Eastside L.A. hood Silver Lake.
On Wednesday night, Vogue threw a party at Fred Segal Flair for Anna Sui and the new phone she designed for Samsung, which features the designer’s purple-and-black motif and mini-Anna screen savers. “They only asked me and Diane von Furstenberg to design a phone, so how could I say no?” asked the maroon-clad Sui. Her clothes sell at the Santa Monica boutique, which stayed open late to host a gaggle of Sui-lovers, including Michelle Hicks, Monet Mazur (who’s eight months pregnant with Alex de Rakoff’s baby), Reese Witherspoon and Marc Jacobs. The designers claimed it was coincidence that brought their events on back-to-back nights. “I’d go anywhere for Anna,” said Jacobs. “In fact, the last time I was in L.A. was for her store opening.” (Sui’s Sunset Plaza boutique has since closed.) “I can’t believe how over budget we are with the store opening,” Jacobs later added. “We’re like the Francis Ford Coppola of LVMH.”Meanwhile, Selma Blair and Karen Zambos, manager of Tracey Ross, had other things to celebrate at their Elegantly Waisted party, held poolside at the Chateau Marmont in honor of their new belt brand. Friends Christina Ricci, Kerry Washington, Evan Rachel Wood and Richie were overheard exchanging remedies for their recent colds while they sipped tequila-spiked cocktails. Eventually, Blair, dressed in a watermelon-colored Marc Jacobs sheath with her own white belt wrapped twice around her waist, steered the talk back to fashion. “Now that I have all [the belts] I need,” she said, “I don’t know whether to expand [my collection] with bags and other accessories or keep it simple.”
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