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HERE COMES THE BRIDE: First Lady Laura Bush and her bride-to-be daughter, Jenna, were spotted Thursday on Seventh Avenue. A few sources said they paid a visit to Oscar de la Renta. The designer could not be reached for comment.
LACOSTE’S COLD SHOULDER: Expect simplicity, not celebrities, at Lacoste’s show in the tents Saturday. “We don’t really care about personalities,” said Lacoste designer Christophe Lemaire. “We feel it’s a stupid game to play. There are so many famous people wearing Lacoste anyway, we don’t need to pretend or show off.” Unflanked by A-listers (Julianne Moore sat front row two seasons ago when Lacoste sponsored a gala for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance that Moore hosted), the Lacoste runway will be “as pure and simple as possible,” with snow and sheepskin setting the scene for the ski-inspired collection. This is Lemaire’s first ski-focused collection for the iconic tennis brand, and he said he looked to the French resort town Megève for the Thirties-inspired “sportif elegance.” Lacoste is not offering another capsule collection for fall to fete its 75th anniversary, as it did for spring 2008, but the French brand will be hosting an anniversary bash during Paris Fashion Week later this month.
RIGHT SOUND: United Bamboo designers Miho Aoki and Thuy Pham have tapped Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O to do the soundtrack for their Saturday show. “They’ve given me a lot of freedom to come up with material — too much, I’m afraid,” said the singer, who’s been a fan of the label since 2006. But don’t expect to hear her old classics. Karen noted she’ll be mixing tracks from a number of other predominately female acts.
REDHEADS: At his friend Bono’s request, Damien Hirst has rounded up 100 fellow artists to create something inspired by the color red for the Feb. 14 (Red) Auction that will be held at Sotheby’s. Hirst has chipped in seven pieces of work, which goes up at the Gagosian Gallery Monday. Takashi Murakami, Jasper Johns, Matthew Barney, Ed Ruscha and Jeff Koons are among the creative types who are on board with the project. When all is said and done, the sale is expected to drum up more than $20 million to help benefit the United Nations Foundation to support HIV/AIDS relief programs.
BIG APPLE BLITZ: Gucci has a crush on New York City and, next week, even every Gotham coffee junkie will know about it. That’s because the luxury goods house is celebrating the opening of its Fifth Avenue flagship with a novel marketing idea. Gucci created special paper coffee cups emblazoned with the “Gucci [heart] NY” logo that also graces its new limited edition handbag collection. The cups will be distributed to 150 coffee carts between Third and Sixth Avenues from 42nd Street to 59th Street from Monday. Will the cup be worth more than the coffee?