SCAASI TRIBUTE: Beginning Oct. 15, the Museum at FIT will spotlight the work of Arnold Scassi in an exhibit entitled Scaasi: Exuberant Fashion — A Celebration of an American Couturier. It will feature more than 80 evening gowns and cocktail dresses Scaasi designed for such figures as Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, and Laura Bush. “Scaasi’s clothes are designed to make an entrance. You can see why some of his clients have stayed with him for decades,” said exhibit curator Ellen Shanley.
THE AFTERPARTY: The Fader’s afterparty for the MTV Music Awards at Milk Studios was a smorgasbord of downtown denizens, fashion creatures, and rock stars. Moby, Damian Loeb, guitarist Melissa Auf Der Maur, Rufus Wainright, Kelly Osbourne, David Lee Roth, the crews of Outkast and The Vines, Deborah Harry, and Heath Ledger, all mingled with the crowds, apparently oblivious to the fact that there was a small VIP area upstairs from the main floor. But one person who wasn’t so thrilled by the intermingling of stars and everyday citizens was Kid Rock. He took one look at the bathroom line (about 50 people long) and decided to use his star wattage to get preferential treatment. So he sauntered up to the front of the line and attempted to walk right past the security guard standing by the bathroom door. The unimpressed security guard took one look at the star and motioned for him to get to the back of the line. When Kid Rock turned around to walk away, the entire line was divided by people either laughing at him or shooting him dirty looks. Talk about walking away with your tail between your legs.
WALLPAPER USURPS SPRUCE: Wallpaper is racing with turbo engines after those fashion ad dollars. IPC, Wallpaper’s parent, said that the magazine would produce its first-ever Global Fashion Directory in the March 2003 issue. The 60-page directory will be a “survey” of the international fashion world, with lists of designers, styles and shopping venues.
The directory, however, will knock Spruce — Wallpaper Group’s biannual fashion title — right off the shelf, at least for now. IPC said the spring 2003 issue of Spruce has been “suspended” so that the Wallpaper fashion team — many of whom also work on Spruce — can dedicate their time to the new project. But Spruce staffers are already in a panic, and say this is the beginning of the end for Spruce — which just published its third issue. “We’re probably not going to see issue number four,” one staffer predicted. “Spruce is more or less over.” An IPC spokeswoman denied there were any plans to shut down the magazine, however. “We’re suspending it for one issue so that we can produce the fashion directory,” she said.
STYLE ON THE RUNWAYS: Style, the fashion network and official broadcast TV network of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, will offer two hours of daily programming Wednesday, Sept. 18 to Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Two fashion series will debut during show week — “Style Star” and “Fashion Trance.”
The debut episode of “Style Star” on Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. highlights the personal style of Jennifer Lopez. “Fashion Trance” will feature back-to-back fashion shows set to dance trance beats. Using edgy pop-ups about models, designers and creative collections, the debut episode on Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. will highlight collections by Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Donna Karan and Catherine Malandrino.
CUSTO’S COLORSCAPE: The new slate of fall ads pack some serious visual punch: there’s the Donna Karan campaign shot by Peter Lindbergh, that Roitfeldian Gucci ad, and the new Louis Vuitton ‘train tracks’ spread, among others. A striking, unexpected addition to the pack is the fall-winter 2002 ad campaign for Custo Barcelona. Intent on establishing himself as a true fashion player, designer Custo Dalmau hired Columbian photographer Ruven Afanador to shoot the futuristic, neo-punk, sensual/demonic photos. Custo also spent a record $2.5 million on the international campaign, which is running in V, Harper’s Bazaar, and Interview in the U.S.
MARKET WATCH: Nicole Garrett, senior market editor at Harper’s Bazaar, has resigned. She will join trendy jeans company Habituals, where she will design the line with her fiancé, Michael Colovos.
NEW HIRES: Louise Chunn, editor of British In Style, named two additions to her editorial team on Friday. Tammy Butt, a former editor of More and features editor of both Loaded and Heat, joins as the new deputy editor on Sept. 16. She succeeds Chun, who moved up to editor two months ago.
Tamasin Doe, who is currently editing the quarterly Harvey Nichols magazine for Redwood Publishing, joins on Sept. 23 as fashion director. She succeeds Paula Reed, who had been with In Style since its launch in the U.K. 18 months ago but has now left. Doe previously worked for the Evening Standard and The Guardian and is the author of “Phaidon Fashion Book.”
BRITISH GQ’S RECORD: The October issue of British GQ will be the biggest since its launch 14 years ago. With 226 pages of advertising, including a 36-page fashion supplement, it’s up 45 percent in ad pages versus last October. “After a tough year in the men’s magazine market place, it really does look as if business is taking a significant turn for the better,” said Peter Stuart, publishing director of British GQ. October marks British GQ’s fifth annual Men of the Year issue.
IVY’S PROMOTION: Rogers & Cowan Public Relations has named Ivy Mollenkamp as vice president of its Lifestyles & Entertainment division, replacing Jill Urban, who left the firm. Mollenkamp, a six-year veteran of Rogers & Cowan, had most recently been director of that division. Mollenkamp’s clients include Elizabeth Arden, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics, Vertu — a subsidiary of Nokia, Luxottica, Target Corp. and House & Garden.