Opening Ceremony stages a fashionable fete for Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday

How do you mark the end of Paris Fashion Week? By going to Disneyland of course. With that slate of shows in the rear view mirror, Opening Ceremony’s founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (who presented their latest Kenzo collection in Paris on Feb. 28) lured a cadre of fashion editors and tastemakers to the House of Mouse in Anaheim on Wednesday night for what they dubbed the “Happiest Show on Earth,” showcasing Opening Ceremony’s see-now, buy-now spring 2018 collection along with a Disney collaboration.Taking place in the Mickey’s Toontown area after regular park hours (the show was scheduled for 9 p.m. but kicked off closer to 9:30), the event served as a kickoff to Disney’s yearlong celebration of the famous animated rodent, who made his on-screen debut in “Steamboat Willie” on Nov. 18, 1928. (Yes, that’s right — it was Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday party.)For SoCal natives Leon and Lim, hosting a runway show at the popular theme park was a dream come true. “The opportunity to do a show in Disneyland has been something that we’ve joked about and talked about in every way possible,” said an elated Leon post-show, noting that he once made a Mickey Mouse bow tie and cummerbund for his senior high-school prom. “We’ve said that if we could ever do a show at Disneyland, that would be the ultimate [dream].” (Fans of Disney, Leon and Lim also collaborated with Disney's 2016 “The Jungle Book” for the Kenzo label, where they’ve served as creative directors since 2011.)Added Leon: “When we talked about the 90th birthday, and what seemed like a collaboration, we were like, ‘We’re going to give you something that’s mind-blowing.’” Hence, the setup of an epic runway show at Disneyland — the first in 40 years. (The last one, called “The Evolution of an American Woman,” was in 1978.)Of course, putting Continue Reading

How Much Money Does New York Fashion Week Make?

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) has become a major business venture — a chance for designers to demonstrate their creative visions and a vital money-making opportunity, too. NYFW emerged in 1943 as Press Week by way of legendary fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert, creator of the International Best-Dressed List. International Management Group (IMG) now serves as NYFW's official organizer. IMG operates the showcase: securing venues, acquiring sponsors and providing full production services to brands, among other duties. However, every intricate detail from preparation, model castings and the runway shows themselves are executed by the brands. "It is the perfect combination of art and commerce," James LaForce, CEO of LaForce PR, told International Business Times. "Some things make perfect sense and follow a playbook. Other things are a complete surprise and come out of nowhere. It's what makes it so fun." Any designer that wants to partake in NYFW can do so. The challenge is to secure CFDA recognition on the official NYFW calendar. Brands typically apply at least two months in advance to secure a featured calendar listing. "The various NYFW organizing bodies try to accommodate every designer's request. That said, there are only so many hours in the day," LaForce said. "If every designer had their choice, they would show late morning or in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday. That means everyone is competing for the same time slot." "The major brands that have been showing for many seasons and years tend to get priority on the calendar," Jane Lerman, the CEO and Founder of L.E.R. Public Relations, told IBT. "Newer brands are usually slotted in around these established brands to ensure there are no conflicts for the top tier buyers and press who attend the majority of the shows." Putting on a successful show can be costly for brands, especially those that are working with a smaller budget. The most basic show Continue Reading

From Calvin Klein to Tom Ford, New York Fashion Week ready for kickoff

By Alicia Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Fashion Week, the first in a series of global style weeks during September, is gearing up with designers ready to present their visions for Spring 2018. This season, more than 100 designers will showcase their latest creations in venues across New York from Thursday, although some flagship brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarra have opted to move their shows overseas. The six-day schedule, which previously ran for a full week, has been streamlined to give buyers and editors more time to fly out to London Fashion Week, which follows directly after New York's. "When you look at fashion weeks globally - starting in New York, then London, then Milan, then Paris - it's basically a month. You have editors and buyers traveling to all those fashion weeks," said Steven Kolb, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA), describing the "sheer exhaustion" of such a jam-packed schedule. High-profile fashion houses Calvin Klein and Tom Ford are kicking off the New York shows to "put it on the same playing field" as its European counterparts, Kolb said. In keeping with the political messaging that often underlies the program, many fashionistas on and off the runway are expected to wear blue ribbons, created in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "The ACLU is an important group that really stands up for people's rights - the right for people to live their lives as they choose," Kolb said.Celebrities have been sporting the ribbon on red carpets already this year, but for fashion week, the ribbon is branded with the NYFW initials.Last season the CFDA paired up with the Planned Parenthood health group to create pink pins that ended up on the garments of models on the runway, designers such as Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. (Reporting by Alicia Powell in New York; Writing by Elly Park; Continue Reading

Four suspects charged in Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery

Paris prosecutors filed charges against four men Thursday in the harrowing heist that left Kim Kardashian bound and gagged in a hotel bathtub last October, French media reported. The youngest slapped with the preliminary charges was Gary Madar, 27, the brother of the limo driver who shuttled Kardashian back to her posh hotel without a bodyguard during Paris Fashion Week, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). Madar was charged with complicity in robbery and kidnapping and associating with criminals, the outlet said. A 63-year-old man identified only as Yunice A. was charged with robbery, kidnapping and conspiracy. Authorities claim he was one of the gun-toting men who stormed Kardashian’s hotel room the morning of Oct. 3 and made off with an estimated $10 million in jewelry. A 64-year-old man identified as Marceau B. was indicted for allegedly working with the gang to unload the spoils. Investigators had tracked him to Antwerp, the capital of Europe’s jewelry trade, and said he had a long rap sheet, Le Point reported. A 44-year-old man identified as Florus H. reportedly was charged with complicity. More charges were expected to follow as other suspects still in police custody were scheduled to go before a judge starting Friday. News of the indictments came after a source told the UK’s Mirror that some of the suspects rounded up Monday in a surprise sting were “beginning to admit their involvement,” largely due to DNA and video evidence. “The CCTV is of very poor quality, but body shapes can still be matched up. The telephone evidence is strong, as is the DNA,” the source told the newspaper. “When faced with this kind of evidence, it is very hard for suspects to say they were not present,” the source said. Paris police took a total of 17 people into custody Monday after months of investigation. Cops later released seven in the group, Continue Reading

H&M throws debut Paris Fashion Week show

The Swedish fast-fashion brand threw a fashion show and party at the historic Musée Rodin in Paris to show off the in-house design team's latest collection. It was a star-studded affair in Paris Wednesday night as Swedish fashion brand H&M returned to the catwalk with a show at the Musée Rodin in the French capital. An international crowd of fashionistas assembled in the specially created location in the grounds of the museum, and H&M also live-streamed the show, which presented the brand's Autumn 2013 collection. Set to go on sale around the world on September 5, the collection contains plenty of fall tailoring, and some strong outerwear shapes. An open backed sequin dress added some autumnal glamour. Styled by George Cortina (who usually provides his services to Armani and Calvin Klein, among others), the show featured appearances from top international models Cara Delevingne, Isabeli Fontana and Arizona Muse. "It was such a good show. I felt like I was in the H&M house, and it was also my house. I had so much fun," said Delevingne. Guests, including celebrities Ashley Olsen, Chloe Moretz and Emma Roberts were then treated to performances by French singer Owlle and Belgian DJ duo 2 Many DJs. The stars partied the night away afterwards. "I loved the fashion show, and I love H&M. I wear it all the time, it's so wearable and easy to mix. The show was so cool," said Emma Roberts. The Swedish brand has joined other high-street retaillers like Topshop (which presents a 'Design' collection for men and 'Unique' womenswear at London Fashion Week) and J Crew, with a high-profile fashion week show. While the H&M event was not listed on the official Paris show schedule, there is a developing trend for so-called 'fast-fashion' brands to cash in on the celebrity cachet, and cool, of the traditional shows. Continue Reading

Lady Gaga puts Fashion Week to bed as she invites famous friends to watch her sleep, then gets tattoo on back of her head in front of partygoers

Lady Gaga knows how to throw a party. To mark the end of New York Fashion Week and fete “Fame,” her first fragrance, Gaga invited her famous friends to watch her sleep. intothegloss via Instagram Lady Gaga sleeping and being touched by people at the Guggenheim Museum. She arrived to the black-tie masquerade around 6:30 p.m.,  bypassing the red carpet where reporters weren’t expecting her for another hour. According to  a source Gaga was fashionably early because she wanted to prepare for her performance art piece, “Sleeping with Gaga.” Kevin Mazur/WireImage Lady Gaga arrives. Around 9 p.m. she climbed into some sort of  egg/claw combo that allowed partygoers, including Paris Hilton and Marc Jacobs, to stick their fingers through a hole in the installation and touch her as she “slept.”  Gaga emerged from the egg at 9:45 p.m. when assistants stripped her down to lingerie and thigh highs. Kevin Mazur/WireImage She crawled back inside with a tattoo artist who inked a cherub looking suspiciously like Honey Boo Boo on her neck for all to see on a big-screen TV. @hausofjay via Twitter Lady Gaga's new tattoo. via Lady Gaga getting her new tattoo on the back of her head, September 14, 2012 Mother Monster has said she wants her perfume to smell “like an expensive hooker,” and said that blood and semen “is in the perfume, but it doesn’t smell like it.” Diane L. Cohen for New York Daily News A covered Lady Gaga and photographer Steven Klein leave the event. [email protected] has learned exclusively that Gaga was very strict when it came to invites for her Thursday night party at the Guggenheim celebrating her foray into fragrance with “Fame.” Diane L. Cohen for New York Daily News Lady Gaga's poster for her perfume launch. “She personally decided who got the nod for invitations and who couldn’t Continue Reading

Fashion Week 2012 gets (baby) bump from Molly Sims at Diane von Furstenberg

The best accessory at fashion week? A baby bump! At least according to Molly Sims, who flaunted hers at the Diane von Furstenberg show on Sunday. “I’ve always wanted a family,” she tells the Daily News. As for the gender of the child, she and hubby Scott Stuber still don’t know, and don’t really care. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a girl or a boy,” she says. “I just want 10 fingers and 10 toes!” The couple will be spending their last baby-less Valentine’s Day watching “The Vow,” which Stuber directed. “Have you seen it?” asked his proud wife. “It is fantastic.” ------------ Joseph Altuzarra celebrated his successful runway show at his official after-party at new hotspot Red Egg on Friday night. But it didn’t end there, he tells us he’s continuing the party by taking a long vacation with his boyfriend, real estate developer Seth Weissman, including stops in London and Paris. “I’m going to get wasted,” he told us. -------------- MEOW! We hear that certain designers are disgruntled with Fashion Week favorite Marc Jacobs for holding models longer than scheduled. One designer — who will remain anonymous — complains that there is panic brewing at Lincoln Center because Jacobs is throwing off other designers’ schedules. “He’s holding all the models for his own show,” the source sighs. “Everyone uses the same models. He’s either backed up in fittings or just being greedy.” Jacobs’ rep didn’t get back to us by deadline. We have a feeling they are pretty busy. --------------- What a sweetheart. While most designers are likely frazzled this week, nothing can rattle veteran fashion icon Oscar de la Renta. His head publicist, better known as @OscarPRgirl, tweeted yesterday that Oscar was singing Nat King Cole’s Continue Reading

Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week: Rapper puts prejudices about celeb designers to bed

PARIS - Kanye West may have more than a dozen Grammy awards to his name, but fear of the fashion world turned the rapper, singer and music producer extraordinaire into a nervous wreck on Saturday, as he debuted his new luxury clothing line. He was right to worry: The fashion industry is notoriously catty and, even though West had been a front-row regular at fashion shows for years, it had greeted the news that he was planning to launch his own line with raised eyebrows, preemptively consigning him to the same category of celebrity designers as the likes of Lindsay Lohan and her leggings. But West proved nay-sayers wrong with his slick collection of sexy, hard-edged looks that were hands-down better - in terms of design and construction - than much of what's been shown during the first five days of Paris' spring-summer 2012 ready-to-wear collections. Attended by the creme de la creme of the fashion world and a sprinkling of celebrities, including Lohan herself, West's debut was THE event of Paris fashion week, and it stole the thunder from Saturday's other shows. Jean Paul Gaultier can usually be counted on to deliver a real fashion spectacle, but Saturday's show was strangely plodding and staid. With Paris in the grips of a freak heat wave, the venue became an sort of inferno and the show's hour-late start turned the whole thing into a sort of Chinese torture, redeemed only by the beauty of the clothes. Usually Viktor & Rolf collections are exercises in an almost ostentatious creativity, but Saturday's display was less about over-the-top experimentation than detail. But outrageousness had not completely deserted the building: The models took to the catwalk from beneath a giant pleated skirt the size of a giant teepee. France's reigning queen of knitwear, Sonia Rykiel, was also more subdued than usual, though her pleated culottes and relaxed pant suits in creamy whites and yellows were as still sporty and fun as usual. WireImage; Pascal Le Continue Reading

Amar’e Stoudemire sees Knicks’ trip to Milan, Danilo Gallinari’s hometown, and Paris as bonding shot

Amar'e Stoudemire stood at the foot of the Roman Colosseum and felt empowered in a very Russell Crowe kind of way. "Oh, I immediately thought of the movie 'Gladiator,'" Stoudemire says. "It was awesome." It called to mind the story about Shaquille O'Neal traveling to Greece and being asked if he visited the Parthenon. To which Shaq replied, "I don't know. I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to." Stoudemire, however, understood the history of the famous Colosseum and was overwhelmed by its beauty and history. That was four years ago, when Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns traveled to Italy and Germany during the preseason for a cultural and basketball experience that brought an already tight-knit group closer together. He believes that the Knicks' anticipated European adventure will be a similar bonding experience for a team that features 10 new faces, including Stoudemire. "It's great timing," Stoudemire said. "Our camaraderie is already pretty good. I was having guys over to watch 'Monday Night Football.' But Italy is going to make us do things together because we're in a foreign land. We're not familiar with the area so we've got to do things together." The Knicks depart Wednesday afternoon for Milan, the hometown of third-year forward Danilo Gallinari. They are scheduled to play Gallinari's former club, Armani Jeans Milano on Sunday before heading to Paris, where they will play the Minnesota Timberwolves in an exhibition game next Wednesday. It is a business trip for a team preparing for the start of a grueling 82-game schedule. The Knicks are tentatively scheduled to practice every day in Europe. But the players are also being encouraged to make the most of the trip, especially those who are making their maiden voyage to Italy and France. "We want everybody out in Italy and Paris," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We want them to go out and explore, develop that bond. We don't want them just sitting in a hotel watching Continue Reading

Fashion’s foreign affair

The hottest designer brand in Russia has made its debut stateside. Kira Plastinina opened in So-Ho in a stealthy setup for the designer, whose pieces have been Muscovite must-buys ever since she opened her first shop in her home town in February last year. The chain expanded quickly - there are now almost 40 stores across Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan - thanks to both Plastinina's design savvy and a handy loan (estimated at around $65 million) from her oligarch father, fruit and dairy czar Sergei Plastinin. The fashion pasha juggles designing retail collections with a gig as the official costumer for "Star Factory" (Russia's "American Idol"), participating in Rome's first Fashion Week, picking up Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year - oh, and a pesky thing called school. That's because the international fashion plate will celebrate her 16th birthday in June. And with an average price point of $48, her girly pieces are accessible to women of any age. Plastinina is not the only foreigner invading Manhattan's retail turf: French sleepwear company Arthur opened on the upper East Side in March, Spain's uber-popular Mango has set up shop in SoHo, and Britain's TopShop will finally arrive here in October. Even American companies are turning to overseas names for inspiration, such as Express, which just launched a hippie-chic line from Celia Birtwell, a London designer who helped define the 1970s. For Kira Plastinina - whose clothes are Heatherette-sassy with a healthy dash of Disney princess - arriving in New York is a debutante designer's dream come true. "I always loved to design," she told the Daily News by phone from Moscow. "I'd tell my parents I was doing my homework, but instead I was creating stuff for my Barbie dolls. When people asked what did I want to do when I grew up, I said I wanted to be a designer - there was nothing else." Today, Plastinina has a schedule that would tire Miley Cyrus. "I wake up in the morning and go to school, Continue Reading