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Tommy Hilfiger: Legendary


The Pratt Institute has brought good things to Tommy Hilfiger: his creative director for many years, Stephen Cirona, is an alumnus, as is George Lois, the art director who put Hilfiger on the map in 1985 with an audacious ad campaign. “I thought that they must have really done something right,” Hilfiger said of the Brooklyn school last night at its annual scholarship fundraiser, where he accepted a Legends award. En route to the stage, the designer shared a few of his favorite icons: the Kennedys, Grace Kelly, James Dean. (No surprises there.) He’s thinking big with the brand’s next major benchmark: a Paris store opening in November. “It’s going to be the largest Tommy Hilfiger store in Europe,” he said. Naturally, only the most legendary street in the City of Light will do: the Champs-Élysées.

Photo: Clint Spaulding / Patrick McMullan

Behind-The-Scenesters: Gayle Dizon


Designers design. Photographers photograph. Models model. That much—in broad strokes, at least—is clear. But what about the artists, technicians, and industry insiders, often unpublicized and underappreciated, who help to get clothes and accessories made and shown? Call them Behind-the-Scenesters: people who shape our experience of fashion but never take a bow on the catwalk or strike a pose for the camera. Without them—from patternmakers to production designers—the show wouldn’t go on. And, in a new series, sits down with a few of these pros to find out, basically, what they do.

First up: Gayle Dizon (left), founder of event production company Dizon Inc. Dizon produces runway shows for Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, and Isaac Mizrahi, among others, and in so doing, she has a hand in everything from picking out venues and setting up lighting rigs to casting models and hiring the hair and makeup teams. Here, she talks to about the business of creating fashion shows, their trickle-down influence, and the most unsung staffers in the game.

So, Gayle: Broad strokes, what do you do?
Well, I produce fashion shows. My company does full-scale production, from the early stages of development of a collection to bringing in the talent that works on the shows to developing the creative inspiration for the look and feel of the show itself.

This must be downtime for you then, between seasons.
Ha. Not quite. I actually started my own company with the expectation that I’d be able to dip in and out and spend time with my family, but it hasn’t exactly worked out that way. We’re constantly working. I mean, we just wrapped up Resort, which has really turned into a third big season, and we’re way into the September shows and starting on next season, too. And my company works on things like store events and parties, too.

Hold on. You’re already starting work on the February 2011 shows? Have the designers even begun thinking about those collections?
Only just. But the way I like to work, I’m involved from the get-go. Like, Proenza—what we do is get together with Jack and Lazaro very early on so they can show us their research. They are very intensive researchers; I’ve always got a lot to bounce off of. So we’ll talk about palette and inspiration and look at all these varied sources they’re pulling from, and I bring back ideas. And then we go back and forth until showtime, pretty much. Continue Reading “Behind-The-Scenesters: Gayle Dizon” »

Madonna Plays Mamma, Tommy To The Champs, And More…


Madonna will star in Dolce & Gabbana’s ad campaign again this season, inspired by the classic Italian film Mamma Roma. Stefano Gabbana says it showcases “a more human and approachable side” of the star. Like, uh, the one above? [WWD]

Meanwhile, Moschino is the latest brand to go to the blog well for its campaign: The label has hired Garance Doré to shoot its Fall ’10 ads for Love Moschino. [Vogue U.K.]

Having taken Fifth Avenue with a multi-story flagship in NYC last year, Tommy Hilfiger is ready to hit Paris’ retail drag—the Champs-Élysées. The designer’s new, 9,000-square-foot boutique will bow there this fall. [WWD]

And Jersey Shore star Jenni “J-Woww” Farley debuted her clothing line, Filthy Couture, in Vegas this weekend. No comment from the Chambre Syndicale in Paris, which currently has its hands full with actual couture. [Styleite]

Photo: Steven Klein/Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Givenchy Steps Off The Catwalk, Stella Steps Onto The Court, Designers Dress Up The Garment Center, And More…


Don’t look for Givenchy on the couture calendar this July—Riccardo Tisci will show his Couture collection for the house (shaved down to ten looks to accommodate customization) by private appointment. Apparently, the most devoted couture clients, royals that they are, couldn’t attend the shows for security reasons, anyway. Yeah, we know how that story goes. (For good measure, here’s one more glimpse at Spring 2010 couture, left.) [WWD]

Rumor has it that Scott Campbell, tattoo artist to the stars, has designed bags for next week’s Louis Vuitton menswear show. Since “to the stars” includes “to Marc Jacobs,” we’ve heard stranger allegations. [Elle]

We’re still curious to see Venus Williams’ new outfit at Wimbledon (she promises it’ll be divisive), but the tourney’s shaping up to be quite the fashion event: Stella McCartney will dress Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki in her Adidas duds. [Vogue U.K.]

New Yorkers, swing by the Garment District today for a glimpse of designers installing their Ralph Pucci-created mannequins for the Fashion Center Sidewalk Catwalk. Jason Wu, Rebecca Taylor, Betsey Johnson, and Tommy Hilfiger are among the designers who are pitching in. [WWD]

Anna Dello Russo—fashion peacock extraordinaire—collaborated with Yoox on a line of T-shirts of (what else) her own classic outfits. They sold out in less than 2 days. [Thread NY]

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Sex With Calvin, Tommy, Jenna, And (Of Course) Courtney Love


After Monday’s star-studded festivities, last night’s screening of Sex and the City 2, sponsored by the Cinema Society, Swarovski, and HP (stringer Bradshaw types away on a mini HP, not the Mac of the HBO series), felt like a relaxed evening at the movies with friends—friends like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons. Gawking fans outside the theater were warned that the stars weren’t coming, but plenty of fashion’s ruling class did. So did a full half-row of models (Karlie Kloss towering over the rest), a real housewife (Kelly Killoren Bensimon), a real newlywed (Ivanka Trump), a smattering of other reality-ites (Tinsley, Olivia Palermo), and a cadre of young and youngish designers (Prabal Gurung, Charlotte Ronson, Brian Atwood). And Courtney Love, because these days, there’s always Courtney Love. “This is better than the movie,” said a spectator, craning around to survey the audience.

As it turned out, it was. At two and a half hours long, Sex makes you long for the days of half-hour episodes, which seem delicate bonbons compared to this brick. If you want a comprehensive rundown of all of the fashions, well, there’s a book for that. (No app, yet, but presumably some savvy entrepreneur will correct this oversight shortly.) Will fans mind? The die-hards shouldn’t. (And I guess they can argue that Avatar—and, for that matter, Lawrence of Arabia—are longer.) “Heavy hitting” has never been the Sex way, after all, and with a shovelful of salt, the movie’s ultimate message of global female empowerment through fashion is one that’s generally worth approving. But as for me, I’m going to focus on the specific. It was fun to see the classic Dior newsprint dress from the series make a comeback. And the clear-plastic Calvin Klein shades that Carrie rocks in Abu Dhabi are seriously desirable—even I wanted a pair. Girl power, schmirl power. Isn’t conspicuous consumption what this whole scene is really about?

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan