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The California Market Center, the 13-story fashion epicenter that houses more than 1,000 showrooms covering almost 3 million square feet in downtown Los Angeles, hopes to up the ante for the contemporary women's market.
CALIFORNIA CONTEMPORARY: The California Market Center, the 13-story fashion epicenter that houses more than 1,000 showrooms covering almost 3 million square feet in downtown Los Angeles, hopes to up the ante for the contemporary women's market. The CMC in March plans to unveil a new 42,000-square-foot section dubbed Area 4, in the B wing on its fourth floor dedicated to emerging designers and contemporary vendors.
Designed by EIS Studio's Eva Sobesky, a protégé of architect Frank Gehry, the section will convey a loft-like vibe with Italian walnut accents, wide corridors and modern decorative motifs of wood, stone and glass. An extension of the building's fifth floor, which encompasses 130,000 square feet, Area 4 will offer slightly larger showrooms that range from 1,000 to 6,000 square feet. Amenities include a dedicated elevator that runs only to the contemporary floors and a concierge service. "It's going to be an extension of our contemporary floor, but with more of a focus on young designers and cutting-edge labels," said Karli Heineman, a spokeswoman for CMC, who declined to disclose the cost of building Area 4. — K.T.L.T.
BEAUTY AND THE EMMYS: Australian company Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics will be the official makeup sponsor of the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 16. There was no similar official sponsor last year, although well-known beauty entities, including Lancôme, have filled the role in the past.
Napoleon Perdis, the firm's namesake and co-owner, will be shown backstage during the Fox telecast giving touch-ups to presenters, nominees and winners. The brand will also be featured in the event itself, although exactly how was not disclosed. Perdis is no stranger to television. He's been a regular on "Australia's Next Top Model," the spin-off of the Tyra Banks-fronted U.S. show. The company has been ramping up its presence in the U.S. since launching in the country in 2005. The brand has opened three stores and a combined beauty school and flagship in less than a year, and this summer started selling products at Sephora and on HSN.
Established in Australia in 1995, Napoleon Perdis products are available in almost 60 stand-alone concept stores and 800 other locations in its home country and neighboring New Zealand. Earlier this year, Perdis estimated the brand would reach about $70 million in global sales for the 2006-2007 fiscal year, with the U.S. accounting for about $6 million.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
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“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
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In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye