April 21 2014

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R.I.P. Nora Ephron, And More Of Today’s Top Stories


Essayist and humorist Nora Ephron (pictured, above), considered one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, passed away last night at 71 years old. Ephron, famous for comedy hits Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, had pneumonia caused by acute myeloid leukemia. [NYT]

Louis Vuitton is not the only one on a high-fashion jewelry kick. Versace has announced the launch of an Atelier jewelry collection this Sunday at the Italian brand’s Couture show in Paris. The range includes 16 hand-sculpted rings made of precious stones from diamonds to sapphires. “As a designer and collector of fine jewelry, I have always wanted to offer the same quality of craftsmanship in jewelry as we offer with the Atelier Versace fashion collection,” said Donatella Versace. [WWD]

It sure pays to have designer friends. Newlywed Margherita Missoni made her first outing as a married woman at the Missoni menswear show in Milan, carrying a transparent, pearlized bag by Paco Rabanne. The bag was a gift from the designer, who crafted the piece just for Missoni. [Vogue U.K.]

To mark the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, the pop icon’s brothers Tito and Jackie Jackson threw a dinner for 25 people on the Upper East Side Monday night before continuing the evening at the Apollo Theatre, where they rehearsed for their sold-out gig tomorrow with brothers Jermaine and Marlon. Downtown, the toast continued with the fourth annual Remember the Time Michael Jackson Tribute Party hosted by Andre Harrell and Richie Akiva. [Page Six]

Ray-Ban is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its classic Aviator sunglasses with a limited-edition collection of the style. Two iconic versions, the Shooter and the Outsdoorsman, have been redesigned with photo-chromatic yellow lenses that get darker as the sun gets brighter. There have only been 18,000 pairs produced worldwide. The specs will be sold at select Ray-Ban stores. [The Hollywood Reporter]




Photo: Warner Brothers, via Everett Collection


Karl And His Body Double, And More of Today’s Top Stories


Karl Lagerfeld got waxed. Germany’s oldest waxwork museum, Panoptikum Hamburg, is paying tribute to their nation’s finest, Lagerfeld included, by turning them into eccentric wax figures. Lagerfeld’s was unveiled to the public last week (pictured), interestingly placed between Pope Benedict XVI and the German prostitute Domenica. [Telegraph]

Jennifer Lopez has a new man: Zuhair Murad. The pop singer has tapped the Beirut-based designer to create looks for her summer concert tour, including a feathered skirt, a body suit, and several short dresses. This is not the first time Lopez and Murad have worked together—the singer wore one of Murad’s gown to the 2011 Met Gala and the Academy Awards. [WWD]

Could Michael Jackson be the subject of the Met’s Costume Institute exhibition in 2014? Sources say maybe. The exhibit has the potential to be a hit, since Jackson was known for his iconic costumes, including Swarovski-encrusted gloves and looks from Balmain, Tom Ford, and Givenchy. []

The collaboration between H&M and Maison Martin Margiela has been confirmed. The Paris-based design house will produce a one-off collection that will go on sale November 15. “This collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion moment,” said H&M creative director Margareta van den Bosch. [WWD]

The wild things are descending upon Soho. The author of the children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak, is the subject of a retrospective on display through September 3. The collection on view includes several of the author’s stories from the Little Bear series to his The Nutcracker drawings. [Art Info]




Photo: Courtesy of Panoptikum


Showstopping Gowns—And Sentiments, Too—At Pratt’s Graduation Show


There were proud parents aplenty at last night’s 2010 Pratt Institute Fashion Show. The evening’s honoree, Catherine Malandrino, gave a heartfelt speech thanking the fashion folk in her adopted New York City, then humbly handed off the baton, telling the young designers backstage that it was their turn to move fashion forward. One suspects they will—the many graduate sportswear collections that strutted down the runway featured everything from a natty take on English home counties gear (Abby Powell) to a camp take on rockabilly (Julie Ann) to Margiela-by-way-of-Beyoncé conceptual curve-skimming clothes (from the design trio twentyten). Then there was Michael Jackson, who arrived courtesy of costumer Rayneese V. Primrose’s award-winning “Thriller: Death to the Homecoming Queen” designs. Along with her Michael manque, who moonwalked down the catwalk in red leather and studs, Primrose had got up a model in a gigantic gothic gown as detailed in its frothy construction as much of what shows up at the couture (pictured above). ( humbly submits that if Primrose does not immediately find employment in Hollywood or on Broadway, she should move to Paris and apprentice with John Galliano.) Even Primrose’s gown wasn’t as gigantic, however, as the showstopping number created by Eveningwear award winner Timothy Kuzmeski, which required two attendants to help move it down the runway. Kuzmeski had another showstopper up his sleeve, too—when all the designers came onstage for their bows, he turned up in a T-shirt hand-embellished with a sentiment that nicely summed up the evening. It said: “Thanks Mom + Dad!”


YSL Sells, Tavi To Tokyo, And More…


The YSL auction numbers are in, and they’re bigger than expected. Items from the beloved designer’s estate went for around $13.4 million, including an umbrella stand ($162,475) and Hermès luggage ($44,420). Maybe you can buy good taste. [WWD]

Tavi, the pint-size fashion blogger, is heading to Tokyo. She’ll be the “guest of honor” at Comme des Garçons’ holiday party on November 27, barring any further gym class injuries. [WWD]

Michael Jackson’s rhinestone-encrusted glove, the “holy grail” of King of Pop memorabilia, went for $350,000 at auction this weekend. In case you’re wondering, that’s 10,000 times its original price. [Times Online]

This year’s National Stiletto Championship race is drawing nigh. The competition, scheduled for this Friday in Paris, boasts close to 100 contestants, who must run in three-inch (or higher) heels. The prize, clearly, is more shoes. [HuffPo]

It’s not just the clothes that are getting an upgrade at Celine, but the selling strategy, as well. Standalone stores are closing, and a “boutique concept” is on tap for next year. We’ll take those leather tops wherever we can get ‘em. [Vogue U.K.]

Abercrombie & Fitch could become part of François-Henri Pinault’s PPR family, which includes luxury labels like Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney. Does this mean Salma Hayek will have to wear lumberjack shirts and corduroy to premieres now? [The Cut]

Are Jude and Sienna back on? Either way, the New York sighting was inevitable. [NY Daily News]

Photo: Greg Kessler

The Cast-Off, Round Two


No one likes to lose. Readers may recall that, a few weeks ago, stylist Lauren Goodman (above right) and I joined in a friendly battle of casts: Having each broken our wrists, we decided to compete to see who could turn her injury into the better fashion accessory. Votes were tallied; I had the lead at the start, but Lauren got some momentum later in the game that she rode all the way to victory. Honestly, I felt ashamed. I had the home-court advantage and everything. But rather than indulge in any Serena Williams-like tantrums, I determined to learn from Lauren’s success as we prepared to face off in Round Two of the Cast-Off: THE BRACE-OFF.

Lesson 1: Buzz counts. Lauren finished her cast early and people got interested, seeing her wear the flash plaster around. So, as soon as I got my brace from the hospital—a kind of Rick Owens-y brace, black with long straps—I delivered it to designer Camilla Stærk. She wrapped up work on it right before fashion week, and over the past few days, I’ve had two name stylists ask me if they can call it in for shoots, and several front-row regulars remark that they’d consider throwing themselves down staircases in order to wear a medical accessory that cool. (I am now thinking about launching a line of fashion medical accessories, called HEAL—Colette? Opening Ceremony? Barneys? Are you listening?) Lauren, meanwhile, had the element of surprise in her favor: Working with designer Peter Som, she only debuted her brace today…

Lesson 2: Bling that sh*t. Last time, designer Dana Lorenz covered Lauren’s cast in multicolored gemstones. Von Kottwitz designer Nina Stotler and I opted for something more industrial. Not this time! Thinking bling-y, I arranged to have my brace sponsored by Crystallized™ Swarovski Elements. I was imagining something totally disco, but Camilla, who has better taste than me, opted to cover my brace in pewter crystal pearls of various sizes. This wound up covering…

Lesson 3: Remind people of Michael Jackson. Lauren’s cast was inspired by the Christian Lacroix top seen on the first Anna Wintour-edited cover of Vogue, but lots of commenters mentioned that it seemed very Michael Jackson. And they appreciated that. Camilla, hand-sewing pewter crystal pearls until her fingers were literally bleeding, really came through on the MJ. I have to say, though, Lauren and Peter Som have maybe, possibly, trumped me on this—Peter’s angle on the people-like-dead-celebs-beacuse-they-are-reminded-of-their-childhood thing was to make Lauren’s brace “a tribute to John Hughes.” Pretty in Pain! Dammit.

Lesson 4: Art-direct. This really should have been obvious—I do work in fashion, after all. Lauren got off a cute little shot of herself posing with her cast. I went for the camera phone. And I wasn’t even in the photo! People vote on personal connection, I see now. And images that pop. Camilla’s husband, the photographer Barnaby Roper, obliged my concept “sci-fi Birth of Venus, with wrist brace,” as you can see (and judge) for yourself. Again, I was positive I had Lauren on this one—I knew she was racing around to shows and that Peter was prepping his collection and that there was no way they’d be able to work a seriously pro photo into their schedules. Laughs on me, folks. Lauren managed to corner Poppy de Villeneuve, mere hours before the photog hopped a flight to London to set up her show STILL, which opens on Thursday, and got a pretty amazing portrait out of her.

Lesson 5: Flatter the audience. Vote for me, and I will love you forever. Lauren and I await your comments…

Photo: Courtesy of Maya Singer and Poppy de Villeneuve