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August 21 2014

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25 posts tagged "Tod’s"

Schiaparelli Reborn

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Farida Khelfa, the newly installed ambassador at the house of Schiaparelli, held 58 appointments at the company’s freshly renovated Place Vendôme atelier yesterday. There’s no new designer at the brand that Schiap built—Diego Della Valle of Tod’s is reportedly taking meetings with candidates and an announcement is expected to be made in September—but there’s plenty of curiosity around the label’s rebirth. “All the great couturiers know about Schiap,” Khelfa said. “Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Azzedine Alaïa, they’ve all come to see the place.”

In fact, Alaïa was still lounging in the atelier’s white salon (pictured) when this reporter arrived, sharing a story about a letter given to him by one of Schiap’s former lovers. Alaïa, who was friends with Schiaparelli, was supposed to deliver it to her, but he never did out of shyness and fear. Asked if he still has the letter, nearly 40 years after her death, he nodded yes. It would make a smart addition to the refurbished space, which already includes Giacometti pieces found in the Schiaparelli archives, eyeglasses by Man Ray, and a Dalí sculpture, as well as furniture designed by Vincent Darré.

Come the Couture shows next January, the brand will show its first new collection here. For now, though, the hunt is still on for a designer. “Schiaparelli was not about good taste, she was about having an opinion,” Khelfa said. “It doesn’t have to be jolie, it has be strong. It has to be forte.”

Photo: Courtesy of Schiaparelli

Milan When It Sizzles

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The hottest Milan men’s fashion week in memory coincided with a hotter than usual party calendar. It didn’t seem to matter that many attendees were pink-cheeked; the Milanese shows, which ended earlier this week, were reason enough to beat the heat and dare another glass of Prosecco.

With whom? “Friends and family” is how Calvin Klein Collection’s Italo Zucchelli (pictured, left) described the guests at the dinner he hosted for his Spring collection at Giacomo Arengario. If that’s the case, Zucchelli’s got some of the best in the business. The restaurant was full to bursting. Amar’e Stoudemire and fiancée Alexis Welch made an appearance, despite the fact that Stoudemire barely fit into the restaurant’s elevator. Even the mighty were dwarfed by the scenery, though. New York Ranger Henrik Lundqvist admitted that in the presence of the magnificent Duomo—of which Giacomo has what must be one of the the best views in town—even a giant can feel small.

If Calvin played host to Milan’s guests, the Tod’s cocktail party welcomed Milanese natives. Designer Luisa Beccaria and blogger-about-town Micol Sabbadini were among Diego and Andrea Della Valle’s cocktail party for the new book dedicated to their countrymen, Italian Portraits. Domenico Dolce took the same theme from a different angle with Campioni, his new book of portraits of Italian footballers, the realization of his long-held dream of taking photographs. Fittingly, given the subject matter, at the late-raging party for the book’s release at the Metropol, Dolce & Gabbana’s show venue, the night’s Euro Cup match was projected on enormous screens about the fray. The party may not necessarily have helped Italy secure a victory over England, but it can’t have hurt.

While smaller parties flickered throughout the week—like Hercules magazine’s event for its project with accessory label Corto Moltedo, the line’s first collab men’s bag, and Hogan’s for its new ad campaign with Stephen Dorff—the editor-favorite Principe Hotel remained a constant source of slightly soused illumination. It was the place to see the week’s celebrity guests, like The Hunger Games‘ Alexander Ludwig, in town to take in Versace, or Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey‘s Lady Mary, who’d sat front-row at Burberry. One elevator was even closed to plebeian traffic, in the service of an unnamed big kahuna. (Sightings of Madonna filming a new video in Florence during Pitti Uomo sparked rumors that the Material One would be the surprise guest at Dolce & Gabbana, but alas, no.) Even Dorff put in a night or two. He filled in interested parties about the new Hogan campaign, the pictures of which are still a closely guarded secret. It was shot at Cinecittà studios in Rome, famously the stomping grounds of none other than Federico Fellini.

Photo: Courtesy of Calvin Klein; Courtesy Photo

Lam Leaves Tod’s, A First Look At Madonna’s New Shoes, And More…

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Derek Lam has reportedly left Tod’s. WWD reports this morning that Lam, who has served as the brand’s creative director since 2006, has departed the brand but could not be reached for comment. [WWD]

The staff at Kensington Palace got their new Jaeger-designed uniforms yesterday. The red blazers, trimmed with gold buttons and black lapels, are the first new uniform for palace staff in two decades. [Telegraph]

Footwear News unveiled a first glimpse of Madonna’s new footwear collection under the Truth or Dare label today. The pop star received a little help from her friend and stylist Arianne Phillips, who serves as the creative consultant for the collection of over 60 styles ($89 to $349), launching for Fall ’12. [WWD]

Who are the most important people in fashion? The Telegraph released its annual 25 Most Important People in Fashion list this weekend, and included are Karl Lagerfeld, Lulu Kennedy, Samantha Cameron, and Sarah Burton. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com

Pregnant Ambrosio On the Runway (Again), Versace Back At Couture, Tod’s New Capsule Collection, And More…

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Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway for Colcci in São Paulo over the weekend and showed off her baby bump. Ashton Kutcher, who is also a face of the brand, was in the audience. [Huff Po]

After an almost eight-year hiatus, Versace made its return to the Couture runways in Paris today. Donatella Versace called the beaded and embroidered looks “glamorous warriors.” [Telegraph]

Karl Lagerfeld has a new muse of sorts. While working on his Chanel Couture collection, the designer showed off his new kitten Choupette to WWD‘s Miles Socha. The fluffy white cat with blue eyes also shares his adoration for books and paper: “She eats paper,” says Lagerfeld. [WWD]

In celebration of Tod’s new capsule collection No_Code, designed for men and women, filmmaker Marcus Gaab created a short film featuring the loafers and boots. The collection is “designed for the cosmopolitan nomad in mind” and made to “transition easily from casual daytime use to more formal nocturnal scenarios,” according to Gaab. Watch the full film on Nowness. [Nowness]

Photo: Huff Po

Freckleface, The Stocking Stuffer

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It was an adult sort of party that Julianne Moore hit last night, for the debut of the all-nude Pirelli calendar, but her afternoon, at least, was child’s play. Moore was the guest of honor at a lunch thrown by Tod’s at its Madison Avenue boutique in celebration of her latest kids’ book, Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever. Freckleface, the diminutive redhead star of the series, has undergone quite a development arc over her three adventures. “First we introduced her. Then we had a whole thing about dodgeball,” Moore explained. “This one she becomes best friends with the kid she used to be afraid of, but then they break up. I’m not going to tell you the end!” Although, she admitted with a laugh, “The title might give it away.”

Social moms like Lucy Sykes, Jamie Tisch, Allison Aston, and the event’s hostesses, Lauren Santo Domingo, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, and Celerie Kemble lined up to get copies signed for Christmas gifting—many buying two or three at once. Moore’s own kids, alas, are too old for Freckleface gifts. “They want iPods and clothes,” she said. And Tod’s accessories? “Well, they’re not that old.”

For the kids (or kids at heart) who do want Tod’s in the stocking, creative director Derek Lam had a suggestion. “I think everybody can appreciate a driving loafer,” he said. “It’s obviously not only for driving—it crosses all generations. It’s a must-have shoe. And it’s a luxurious item that won’t break the bank.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com