Monthly Archives: March 2009

WWD Chats Up a Baby Tyra Banks

Before Tyra Banks was the authority on smiling with your eyes or the host of her own Oprah-style gabfest, she was a 21-year-old model slash aspiring actress.

Resort Season Becoming Scaled-Back Affair

Christian Dior, which last May staged a splashy, celebrity-studded megashow for its cruise collection in New York, is skipping the runway this season.

Damon Dash’s Ride… Pinault in a Jam… Tahari’s TV Blitz…

Tiret, the over-the-top luxury diamond watch firm cofounded by Damon Dash and Daniel Lazar, has a new “Coupe.”

Super Power: Ciara’s Strong Side

Ciara Princess Harris — Ciara to her fans — brings three publicists, a personal assistant, a bodyguard and two rodent-sized dogs to her WWD photo shoot.

Flora and Fauna

It’s no surprise that Gucci would choose L.A.’s Chateau Marmont as the site of a Tuesday night fête for its latest scent, Flora. For years, the company has had a lock on the giant billboard outside the famous Sunset Boulevard hotel, and that space is currently plastered with the fragrance’s new ad campaign starring model Abbey Lee. “I drive by that sign all the time, thinking, ‘I could be a Gucci girl,’ ” sighed Amanda Seyfried, who co-hosted along with Vanessa Hudgens and Vogue’s Lisa Love. With other Hollywood starlets and visiting models (Rumer Willis, Dakota Johnson, Chanel Iman), not to mention boy toy Zac Efron, in attendance, the paparazzi were out in full force. When dinner wrapped and everyone filed past the gauntlet of flashbulbs to Bar Marmont next door, Megan Fox feigned distress. “They’re merciless!” pouted the actress. “If this is what it’s like to be famous, I’m not going to make another movie!” Right.

—Derek Blasberg

The Kate Questionnaire

Best Swimsuits: Bathing Beauty

Out of Africa

The sculpted, geometric shapes of Africa and its rich, spicy colors are the strongest forms of identity this season.

We Got Inside Topshop and Found Marc Ronson

We’re Twittering the festivities and madness leading up to this Thursday’s grand opening of Topshop, so don’t forget to check our feed. This just in: “Just finished Topshop walkthrough … a lot of action. Spotted Mark Ronson on escalator, overheard he was filming for MTV.” [Cutblog/Twitter]

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Filed Under: topshop, topshop watch, twitter

Bill Blass to Return in September, Possibly Designed by Richard Chai

Richard Chai is reportedly interviewing to take the top design position at Bill Blass, Fashion Week Daily reports. A spokesperson for Chai wouldn’t comment, and neither would a representative of Peacock Holdings LLC, which bought Bill Blass from NexCen at the end of last year. However, Peacock said a new creative director would be announced in about a month. Whether or not Chai is appointed, Bill Blass should return to the runways in September. After the months-long drama with Peter Som leaving and NexCen laying off the Blass staff, we can scarcely believe that the label is back on its feet so quickly.

Chai would be a good fit for Blass, aesthetically. Known for his classic American sportswear, Chai’s career took off when he launched the Marc by Marc Jacobs line. After that he designed for TSE, then launched his namesake collection in 2004. His awards include the Ecco Domani prize in 2005. He was also a top-ten finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last year. He’s also a favorite of retailers, like Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart, and the be all end all of editors, Anna Wintour. We wonder if she had anything to do with helping get him in the door.

A New Man at Bill Blass [FWD]

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Filed Under: bill blass, Blass Is Back, designers, new york fashion week, peacock holdings, richard chai, spring 2010