Celebrities are the new makers and breakers of the market. But are they patrons of the creative classes or just looking for a good investment?
First there were artists. Then there were patrons—rich people with enough good taste that they enabled artists to live and make their art. Eventually, patrons made room for speculators, fake collectors who reap great sums by tinkering with expensive artists’ prices. But in the days of art as an asset (think luxury yachts, but also gold bullion and Apple Inc. stock) few collectors are as prized as a bona fide celebrity. Rare birds with pterodactyl-size tastes, their penchant for opulence, public display, and immediate gratification make them the ideal marks for today’s wheeling-and-dealing art galleries and auction houses. And then, of course, there’s also our 21st-century, celebrity-ravenous, hair-trigger media.
The infamous Bea Arthur portrait just sold for $1.9 million. (John Currin/Christie's Images Ltd. 2013)
Creatures of the Wind, SUNO, and Christian Siriano are among the American fashion design industry's class of 2013.
Call them the most fashionable class of 2013. The CFDA, American fashion design’s presiding council, announced 32 new members on Tuesday. The newbies bring the organization’s total membership up to 454, and include former CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund participants Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind, Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis of SUNO, and Gregory Chait of The Elder Statesman (this year’s fund winner), among others. Project Runway alum Christian Siriano is also on the list.
Each will now stand alongside more tenured career members like Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta. As the CFDA’s CEO Steven Kolb told WWD “Acceptance into the CFDA family is validation of a designer’s talent and it is an opportunity to access the many offerings and programs provided by the organization.” Each of the 32 inductees were officiated at a CFDA board meeting last week. See below for the complete list:
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Isabel Marant Collaborates With H&M: French fashion designer Isabel Marant is collaborating with H&M on a limited-edition collection for fall. Launching online and in 250 stores on November 14, the collaboration will include clothing for women, teenagers, and men—marking Marant’s first-ever menswear outing. “I am flattered by this collaboration. H&M works with the best designers, and this invitation is an exciting honor. I aim at creating something real – something women want to wear in their everyday lives – with a certain carefree style,” Marant said of the venture, in a statement released by H&M. [Fashion Beast Inbox]
Charlie Rose to Interview John Galliano: John Galliano is continuing his mea culpa tour in the American media. Following his profile with Ingrid Sischy in Vanity Fair, Galliano will sit down for a television interview with acclaimed talk show host, Charlie Rose. "It seemed like a good platform for John to get his story across," Galliano’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, told WWD of Rose’s no nonsense, straightforward approach to interviews. The interview will tape on Wednesday, but an air date has not yet been decided. [Telegraph]
Following a five-and-a-half year run, Christine Day will leave the athletic brand as soon as a successor is found.
And the sheer mess continues. Lululemon’s CEO, Christine Day, is stepping down from her post following a five-and-a-half year run at the brand. Lululemon made the announcement (calling it a ‘CEO Transition Plan’) when releasing its quarterly earnings report on Monday. Day will not leave the brand until a successor is found. “Being a part of Lululemon for the past five and a half years has been an incredible journey,” Day said in a company-issued statement. “I am proud of building a world class team that has produced one of the best growth, brand and profit stories in retail. Now is the right time to bring in a CEO who will drive the next phase of Lululemon’s development and growth.”
Day was responsible for overseeing Lululemon’s mass expansion outside of the brand’s native Canada. Founded in 1998, (with its first retail location opening in 2000), Lululemon now boasts 218 locations between the U.S. and Australia.
The ‘Texts From Hillary’ creators talk about the former secretary of State's shout-out on her new Twitter account, and speculate about memes for 2016.
Hillary Clinton unveiled her official Twitter account today and her first tweet wasn’t about NSA or Apple’s keynote, but rather a thank you to none other than the creators of her much-beloved and very viral “Texts From Hillary” Tumblr.
The former secretary of State wrote in her first (and so far, only) tweet, “Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 and @sllambe—I’ll take it from here … #tweetsfromHillary."
And Emma Hill departs from Mulberry.
Jason Wu Hired at Hugo Boss: Jason Wu has been named artistic director of Hugo Boss womenswear, including ready-to-wear and accessories. Boss has traditionally been known for its sleek men’s suits, but the brand desires to expand its reach. Wu will continue to work on his own label, which he founded in 2007, but plans to develop a "strong, feminine womenswear collection that reciprocates the brand's authority in menswear." He adds that he has "long been a fan of Hugo Boss's vast tradition and lineage in extraordinary tailoring." The brand is equally excited to have the 30-year-old designer on board to help them strengthen the female side of its brand. [Vogue UK]
Man Stabbed With Stiletto: A man was allegedly stabbed to death by a woman wielding her pointy stiletto heel early Sunday morning in Houston. The 911 call was placed at 4 a.m. in Houston's Museum District. When police arrived at the scene they found a 59-year-old man's dead body lying on the floor with multiple stab wounds and a stiletto heel lying close by in a high-rise condo. [Houston Chronicle]
The tennis champion debuted a decidedly shorter haircut at the French Open last week. From frosted tips to the samurai pony, Sujay Kumar on what Federer's hair says about his game.
Lauren Weisberger talks about her new book, growing up—and how much she loves Meryl.
You could say that author Lauren Weisberger has “the job a million girls would kill for,” to borrow the oft-repeated phrase from her wildly successful first novel, The Devil Wears Prada.
The just-released sequel, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, follows former fashion assistants Andy and Emily as they navigate work and love 10 years later. And of course, she’s back: Miranda Priestly, the formidable editor in chief of Runway magazine and Weisberger’s embodiment of hell in heels, forces her way once again into Andy’s life—along with the immaculate fashion, panic-inducing demands, and elevator-eye glares.
Tollman, who had worked with A-listers including Scarlett Johansson, Mariah Carey, and the Olsen twins, was found dead in her home on Wednesday, apparently of natural causes.
Celebrity and fashion stylist Annabel Tollman has passed away at the age of 39. Tollman was long considered an institution in the fashion industry, having worked with A-listers such as Scarlett Johansson, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Mariah Carey. She formerly served as Interview magazine’s fashion director and as a spokesperson for eBay Fashion. A representative for the NYPD confirmed to The Daily Beast that on Wednesday afternoon at around 4:30 pm “police responded to a report of a wellness check,” inside of Tollman’s West Village apartment. Upon arrival officers found Tollman “unconscious and unresponsive.” EMS officers were called to the scene and pronounced her dead upon arrival. The NYPD spokesperson noted that it “appears she died of natural causes.”
Aside from her signature old Hollywood style, Tollman (an English national) was best known for her effusive, bubbly personality—one that gained her a large network of close-knit friends. She was often regarded as an industry anomaly—a person of genuine kindness and sincerity. In the hours after the public learned of her untimely death, Tollman’s Facebook page became a digital memorial, with many fashion luminaries including Prabal Gurung and Ariel Foxman posting grieving words of remembrance on to her wall. By press time, however, these messages had been blocked from the public domain.
and eBay to launch digital storefront initiative.
SJP To Launch Shoe Line: Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a line of shoes, the very accessory that helped define her role on Sex and the City. The label, called SJP, is being produced with the help of Manolo Blahnik’s CEO George Malkemus. The shoes, which will average between $200 and $300, will launch exclusively at Nordstrom next year along with a limited offering of handbags and trench coats. [Vogue]
Home Depot Chic: It seems that along with the rise of farmer chic comes a whole new sleeper trend. ‘Home Depot Chic’ as it’s been coined by Paper magazine, is now making rounds in the fashion set. The utilitarian, home improvement retailer’s discontinued orange tote is making waves at fashion parties and on Instagram. It’s iconic stenciled logo has also been reinterpreted by streetwear connosiur Heron Preston, as part of his private label, Been Trill. [Paper]
Now we know the real Ellen DeGeneres. On Monday's episode of 'Ellen,' Madonna showed up wearing something rather, well, Madonna-esque (read 'highly unusual and just a little kinky'). When Ellen was similarly outfitted, the host cheekily said, 'I finally feel like myself.'
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.