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KORS’ FRONT ROW: From Gordon Gecko to Liberace. Michael Douglas, who can next be seen reprising his role as the greedy Gecko in “Wall Street 2,” is currently preparing to play the flamboyant entertainer in a biopic directed by Steven Soderbergh. “It’s a nice, fun stretch,” the actor said, shortly after arriving to the Michael Kors show Wednesday morning. “A little period picture.” Douglas, who will appear opposite Matt Damon starring as Liberace’s lover, has been preparing for the part, he said: “I’m just, you know, looking at a lot of the old Michael Douglas stuff and looking at some of the in Canali. things he’s done.” Douglas was at the show with friend and Kors co-owner Lawrence Stroll. Being Canadian, Stroll was doing his best to keep up with the Olympics in Vancouver, but doesn’t have plans to witness the Games first hand. “The kids have a break so we’re going to sunny Mustique,” he said. “For me it’s just as good to watch [the Olympics] on TV.” Perched in the second From Donna row was Richard Thomas Karan’s — aka John-Boy Walton, runway… who’s currently on Broadway in David Mamet’s “Race” — took in the show with his 13-year-old son Montana, who is aspiring to be a fashion designer. “I love how you can take an item of clothing, and can make someone feel really good about themselves,” said the teenager, adding that while some people may consider fashion a superficial sport, “It is an art.” FATHER KNOWS BEST: Tory Burch and Tommy Hilfiger are some of Reed Krakoff’s boldfaced former colleagues who came to show their support for the designer’s fist ready-to-wear show on Wednesday. Pre-show, Coach chairman and chief executive officer Lew Frankfort manned the front row, greeting guests. “Reed’s very calm, he’s Zen-like,” said Frankfort of his Coach colleague. (Krakoff is president and executive creative director of the American accessories giant). Frankfort, on the other hand, said he felt “like a father, a little nervous.” After the show, Hilfiger lauded Krakoff, calling the leather, fur and cashmere-rife collection: “Luxe, luxe, luxe.”
...to Demi Moore’s screening.
ONE MOORE TIME: If the sleek black ensemble Demi Moore sported at the Tuesday night screening of her latest flick, “Happy Tears” gave any fashion followers déjà vu, that’s because it made its first appearance just one day earlier on the runway of Donna Karan’s show. Indeed, Moore, who stars in the film alongside Parker Posey and Rip Torn, requested the outfit from Karan after spotting it from the front row of the designer’s show on Monday. For Karan, who cohosted the screening at MoMA and subsequent after party at Mr. Chow with the Cinema Society, it was the least she could do. “I’ve known Demi for years,” explained the designer. “She’s been an extraordinary friend. We both have houses in Parrot Cay together.” PLAYING A TRUMP: Melania Trump wouldn’t divulge any details on her new jewelry line, set to bow in the next few months, at the Michael Kors show. “It’s too soon to say anything,” said Trump, as she exited the show alongside her husband, real estate magnate Donald Trump. If she needs tips on design, marketing or distribution, Trump need only call her stepdaughter Ivanka Trump. The Ivanka Trump diamond jewelry collection recently announced plans to expand into Asia and wholesale for the first trim, tripling sales to $15 million by yearend. Meanwhile, her husband threw his support behind Simon Property Group’s $10 billion bid to acquire General Growth Properties. “David [Simon] is a friend of mine, and I hope he gets it,” said Trump. “He always does a good job. He’ll improve it. He’ll take what they’ve got and make it better.” MUSICAL TRIBUTE: “This is for Alexander McQueen,” said Lady Gaga, as she began a moving rendition of her single “Telephone” at London’s BRIT music awards Tuesday night. And the singer also wore her heart on her sleeve — Gaga wore a variety of
McQueen designs during the event, including a white embroidered lace jumpsuit, paired with an elaborate lace head-dress created by Philip Treacy. Gaga walked away with three awards that evening, including Best International Breakthrough Act, Best International Female Solo Artist and Best International Album for “The Fame.” Meanwhile, her stage show premiered a giant white statue of the singer wearing the armadillo shoes from McQueen’s spring 2010 collection, which had been created by Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio team. The statue is a preview of the interactive sculptures that Knight is working on with filmmaker Ruth Hogben for Lady Gaga’s forthcoming U.K. tour, which opens in Manchester this week. Each sculpture, which is created using 3-D photographs, which are translated into full-scale models using laser cutting machinery, will then be projected with film. Knight also plans to mount an exhibition of similar models based on the likenesses of Kate Moss, Gemma Ward and Naomi Campbell at his Mayfair store and studio space this fall. “Fashion sculpture is an area I’m really fascinated by at the moment,” said Knight. “Sculpture by nature is very permanent, and yet fashion is really transitory. I find that dynamic really interesting.”
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WWD, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 15 WWD.COM Halston-executive is said to store her vast designer wardrobe, old and new, in the basement of her town house. Maggie Gyllenhaal also recently sported a Frock find — an Yves Saint Laurent floral chiffon gown — to Tuesday’s Oscar nominees luncheon in Los Angeles. Her stylist, Leslie Fremar, plunked down about $1,350, according to Frock’s owner, Evan Ross, who has benefited from a spate of celebrity sightings in recent weeks. Last month, Julia Roberts popped up at the Golden Globes Awards in a YSL dress. Designer-happy as he is, Ross is not hitting this week’s runway shows. “I work with so many designers on a regular basis that I sort of feel I already know what’s coming,” he said, but declined to identify any of the regulars.
Maggie Gyllenhaal in an Yves Saint Laurent dress from Frock.
A NEW GIG: Men’s wear veteran Paul Rosengard was walking around the MAGIC Man trade show floor with a new badge. The executive, who had worked most recently for Perry Ellis and had also spent a long career with Randa, is now consulting for Li & Fung. Rick Darling, U.S. president for the Hong Kong-based manufacturer, revealed: “Paul has joined us on a consulting basis. He’ll be working with us on new projects. Paul is a highly regarded executive and we’re happy to have him on board.”
ARAD IN LONDON: Artist and designer Ron Arad FASHION MAD: John Slattery and Talia Balsam of “Mad Men” took made an appearance in London Wednesday to open his in Nanette Lepore’s show Wednesday. The couple, who play the exhibition “Ron Arad: Restless,” at the Barbican Art Gallery. divorced Roger and Mona Sterling on the show, were happily The exhibition spotlights some of Arad’s best-known pieces, dressed down compared with their on-screen characters from such as his Rover Chair through to the Bodyguard series of the Sixties. “After being on that show, I appreciate any chance tactile, bubble-like aluminum sculptures. But there are also to dress down,” said Slattery. “I’m more of a T-shirt and jeans newer works, such as “Oh the Farmer and the Cowman Should Be Friends,” a stainless steel shelving unit shaped kind of guy.” like a map of America, its states split into separate ACNE TREATMENT: Edgy Swedish fashion brand Acne has found boxlike compartments, along with some pieces that are a hot spot for its first Acne Studio outpost in London. The label, still in progress. which boasts prime locations such as Paris’ Palais Royal and Curator Lydia Yee said Arad was clear the New York’s Greene Street, said its first London unit would show shouldn’t be a “conventional bow on Dover Street. The tony Mayfair street is also home overview.” “Ron would turn up to Comme des Garçons’ Dover Street Market. Acne [to the gallery] wearing a T-shirt Studio’s stand-alone space, which will house the label’s printed with the title of Ed Collection, Pop, Denim and Miniature lines, is slated Ruscha’s [exhibition] ‘I Don’t to open this summer. Bolstering its presence in the Want No Retro Spective,’” said English Capital, the brand will also open its first Yee, who added the gallery concession in Harrods department store in March. instead gave Arad “free rein to try things out.” Arad, FIRST PRIZE: Hermès International is celebrating meanwhile, said the name its upcoming equestrian extravaganza in Paris of the show had influenced with a limited edition watch that pays homage some of the works included to its saddle-making roots. The release of the in it. “It’s called Restless, so Arceau Equestre Grand Palais will coincide with we thought, let’s make stuff Saut Hermès, an international show-jumping event move,” he said. Indeed, the to be held at the Grand Palais on April 3 and 4. exhibition includes springing chairs The automatic timepiece features a bridle-leather — which visitors can sit on — a book strap and a second hand shaped like a riding crop. case set in a wheel called Reinventing Hermès noted it was 109 years since the first the Wheel and a piece called Inverted equestrian event was staged at the Grand Palais. Pin Hole Camera, which slowly rotates, The Arceau Accordingly, it will produce only 109 examples of dappling specks of white light continually Equestre Grand the watch, priced at 2,900 euros, or $3,945 at around a dark room. The exhibition, which Palais watch current exchange rates. is supported by Dolce & Gabbana — the from Hermès. designers have worked with Arad since 2006 LOOKING AHEAD: A late start wasn’t good news for when they hosted an exhibition for the artist Diesel. Five minutes before the show’s scheduled start, people in Milan — runs through to May 16. were still being kept outside and the lone small tent meant to give cover from a driving sleet was quickly filled. More than a THIS OLE FROCK: Curiously, Sarah Jessica Parker few guests made attempts to get past the guards and inside, opted to wear vintage Bill Blass, not Halston, for to no avail. Inside, the Misshapes quickly seated themselves in her coming-out party Monday night. Her stylist, the front row. While they have several more shows to attend and Tracy Cox, bought the $900 printed metallic even more after parties to DJ, the trio already have their sights evening coat last fall at the NoLita boutique set on London and Paris. Frock. “The Sex and the City” actress-turnedFROM LAURA’S LIPS: On Wednesday morning, actress Laura Linney, currently on Broadway as a war-injured photographer in the play “Time Stands Still,” managed to squeeze in time to take in the Michael Kors show. This spring, she also will be seen in the new James Ivory film “City of Your Final Destination” alongside Anthony Hopkins and Charlotte Gainsbourg, in which she plays Carolina, the icy, isolated widow of a famous author who spends her days painting and drinking on a Uruguay estate while sporting impeccable white shirts and slicked back buns. But the actress was as warm and friendly as they come from her front row perch. Skin glowing, dressed in a pale blue Kors dress, she chatted about the importance of clothing in her acting, the transformative power of fashion and keeping things simple.
clothes. I love wearing them. They’re comfortable, they’re chic.
WWD: What brings you to Michael Kors today? Laura Linney: Well, Michael has always been extremely generous and I love his
WWD: And is that why you gravitate toward Michael’s aesthetic? L.L.: I tend to lean towards the clean, slightly modern, hopefully chic way to go.
WWD: And as an actress how does clothing play into your roles in films and plays? I know especially in your upcoming film “City of Your Final Destination,” clothing is so imperative to your character in expressing who she is. L.L.: Oh, certainly. It certainly says a lot about who you are and who you want to be and who you aspire to be. WWD: And in your personal life do you find you take a more spare approach because you have to put on those costumes for your characters? L.L.: Yes I do actually. You’re right, you’re absolutely right.