YSL SAYS NO: Yves Saint Laurent has refused Robert Altman's request to let Kim Basinger interview the designer for "Pret-a-Porter" backstage after today's YSL show. "We didn't think it was a good idea. It's not the kind of thing that...
YSL SAYS NO: Yves Saint Laurent has refused Robert Altman's request to let Kim Basinger interview the designer for "Pret-a-Porter" backstage after today's YSL show. "We didn't think it was a good idea. It's not the kind of thing that can be faked," said Saint Laurent's partner Pierre Berge. Some of the actors in the film will attend the show, but they will not be filmed there. "We know that this will draw attention away from the clothes," Berge said. "But that's true anytime you invite a celebrity. Can you imagine what it would be like if you had Mrs. Clinton?"
ISSEY MIYAKE: By Monday evening, only the end of the second day of the Altman shooting, the whole thing was definitely wearing thin. Miyake did his best to counter the ill will with an upbeat presentation. The fact that no one's going to be wearing pleated pyramids with precision-cut staircases up each side goes without saying. But then, there's also a limited market for brimmed chapeaux shaped out of bread and colorful, sticky candy, but they were a hoot and gave new meaning to the expression "eat my hat."
Miyake's clothes are incredibly inventive, sometimes too much so for real life. But the more delicate, subtly layered pleats -- dresses tied up with strings to vary the silhouettes, dotted combinations in brown and white -- could go anywhere. And who can't use a colorful down jacket or coat, worn over cotton jersey pieces and rough-weather rubber shoes with spats?
THE GOODS ON GALLIANO: Despite the fact that Saks Fifth Avenue had an appointment with John Galliano this week, the store will not be carrying his clothes for fall. There had been rumors of a little turf tussle between Saks and Bergdorf Goodman. "To the best of my knowledge, Bergdorf Goodman has the collection exclusively in New York, as we did for this season," said Ellin Saltzman, Bergdorf's senior vice president. She added that the only exception is Bagutta, which she described as "a longtime client" of Galliano.
MARTINE SITBON: With all the red sequined and patent leather slippers she sent out, Martine seemed to be on a long journey to Oz. But the trip would have been better if she'd stayed with her terrific daywear instead. After the show, Sitbon explained that the collection was inspired by her childhood, and her short, sexy A-line skirts, worn with knee socks and high-heeled boots or sparkling blue anklets and mary janes, proved it. Yet the designer can still cut a mean pinstriped pantsuit. This season her long, split-cuffed jackets were shown over straight pants that hung low on the hips. They picked up on one of Paris's big trends -- droopy, slouchy pants. Martine's were some of the best.TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE: For Karl Lagerfeld's show, Julien d'Ys did coifs with masses of added-on curls for all the girls. All but two. Tattooed Eve hit the runway bald once again, and Karl even rounded up another clean cranium, this one belonging to the very pretty Marinda, who's with the Viva agency in Paris.
CHANTAL THOMASS: Claudia Schiffer marched out in a black stretch bodysuit, fake leather mini and a frilly white vest, looking like someone's fantasy of a sexy French maid. With her black lace stockings, thigh-high boots and baby doll dresses, the Chantal Thomass girl seems to divide her time between boudoir and bordello. At one point in the show, three models in transparent black bodysuits, bras and bustiers were posed on circular platforms that slowly spun around. Cher, who was front-row center, clearly loved it.
PACO RABANNE: Metal Master Paco began with understated fake fur coats and bizarrely proportioned velvet suits. He hit his stride with a string of racy silver leather dresses that had the photographers screaming and a slew of metal mesh cocktail dresses. The loudspeakers blasted disco throughout the show -- but, given the materials on display, it should have been Metallica.
“I think what’s so interesting about the #MeToo movement and this whole new wave of feminism in general, is that women are finally seeing, ’Oh I can start my own company, oh I can lear to code, oh I can leave my nine-to-five job and do the thing I want to do,” said @brooklyndecker ahead of her @sxsw talk for @createcultivate. The former model took the stage to share wisdom about networking and female-driven entrepreneurship. #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.