Categories
Accessories

Dior Celebrates Lily of the Valley With New Homewares Line

PARIS — Tradition has it that on May 1, Dior gifts its employees a sprig of lily of the valley — a French custom said to date back to the 16th century, symbolizing good luck and happiness.
This year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the May Day custom has been put on hold as most of Dior’s staff continues to work from home. Instead, the French fashion house is celebrating the bloom, which founder Christian Dior turned into a brand signature, with a new homewares collection designed by Cordelia de Castellane.
Currently holed up in her country house some 45 minutes from Paris, the artistic director of Dior Maison has revisited the emblematic house motif with a selection of porcelain plates, hand-painted or engraved glasses, and blown-glass decorative baubles and decanters.
“It was one of Mr. Dior’s favorite flowers,” de Castellane said. “He was extremely superstitious, so lily of the valley was his good-luck charm.”
In addition to gifting the flower to his seamstresses and clients on May 1, the public holiday that is France’s equivalent of Labor Day, Dior insisted that his florist grow it for him year-round in a greenhouse. That way, he could always wear a sprig in his buttonhole, or

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Categories
Accessories Clothing

Mario Tennis Aces Tournament, ‘Stay at Home Slam,’ Will Be Broadcast Sunday

Eight of IMG’s top tennis clients, including Serena and Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori and Maria Sharapova will enter the world of the Mario Tennis Aces game exclusively for Nintendo Switch to participate alongside other celebrities in a live virtual tennis tournament titled the “Stay at Home Slam.” It will be broadcasted May 3 at 4 p.m. ET.
The primary broadcast will be streamed exclusively on Facebook via Facebook Gaming and IMG’s tennis Facebook page.
The participants will play the video game from their homes across the country, and each will receive $25,000 donated to the charity of their choice, with the winner of the tournament receiving an additional $1 million donation.
“I am proud our IMG tennis clients came together so quickly to support a multitude of great causes,” said Max Eisenbud, senior vice president of tennis clients at IMG. “It is a testament to the people we work with across all our divisions that we were able to bring this to life in such a short amount of time.
Tennis stars participating and their corresponding celebrity doubles partners are Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid; Osaka and Hailey Bieber; Venus Williams and DeAndre Hopkins; Sharapova (who retired from professional tennis in February) and

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Categories
Accessories

The Chateau Marmont Set to Return — Eventually

There isn’t a hotel as closely identified with Hollywood as the Chateau Marmont, which is probably why people have been talking a lot about its future amid the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus.
Rumors abound lately that the 90-year-old hotel and restaurant, still a favorite haunt of celebrities and industry types the world over, has been so pummeled by the coronavirus that it won’t be able to reopen, and its owner, Andre Balazs, might be forced to sell. The hotel laid off nearly its entire staff (242 people) the same day California and Los Angeles went into lockdown and closed all nonessential business. Employees received no severance and the layoffs are listed as “permanent” in a required disclosure filed with the state. Other hotels that enacted layoffs listed them as “temporary,” like the newer but very popular San Vicente Bungalows in L.A., which has laid off all of its 144 staffers, and The Peninsula in New York, which has laid off 460 people. 
But, the Chateau’s quick move to layoff staff without pay is thought to have saved the company a considerable amount of money, leaving it able to wait out the pandemic for a time, and eventually to start moving

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Categories
Clothing

Vanna White, Bob Mackie Team Up for ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Collection

Viewers of beloved game show “Wheel of Fortune” may have noticed cohost Vanna White is looking particularly glam this week.
The letter spinner has been modeling Bob Mackie archival gowns to help promote a new “Wheel of Fortune” collection by the designer available at shopwheeloffortune.com.
“I have been watching ‘Wheel’ and ‘Jeopardy’ since the Eighties. They are part of American life. Some nights I get all the answers and some nights I think I lost my brain,” Mackie told WWD. “Also, Vanna wore some of my dresses way back when and amazingly she is exactly the same size today.”
During the week, White also wears a new design Mackie custom-made for her, as well as a more casual piece, a $99 rainbow wheel pattern kimono from the “Wheel of Fortune” collection, which includes glitter T-shirts, denim jackets, scarves and neckties.
“I have been a huge fan of his my whole life,” said White, who has been on “Wheel” for 38 years. She made headlines at the end of last year after stepping in to host the show for three weeks while Pat Sajak was out for emergency surgery.
With more than 25 million weekly viewers, the Sony Pictures Television show on CBS reaches more people

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Categories
Accessories Clothing

Susanne Bartsch Welcomes All to Thursday Night Virtual Parties

PARTY OF ONE: The “Queen of the Night” Susanne Bartsch is working to support the nightlife community by hosting “On Top” Thursday night Zoom parties.
”Who would have thought that I’d be taking the nightclub to the couch?” Bartsch said of her On Top live parties, which are in its 10th year.
Knowing many DJs, hosts and others in the nightclub sector are out of work, she wanted to create something that would allow her to pay people. “At the same time, I wanted to let people know that we are united, we can see each other on the screens since we are not allowed to meet, and to give the community hope and joy,” she said.
After the first one, so many people wrote and DM’d Bartsch that she decided to make the virtual party a regular thing. “People were telling me, ‘Thank you so much for doing this. I feel so much better. I felt so isolated and hopeless. It’s giving me hope, fun and reason to dress up,’” she said.
Through ticket sales, each week’s performers are paid for their efforts and others from around the world have reached out about getting involved. The Paris-based Allanah Starr will be part of Thursday’s

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Categories
Uncategorized

Brooklinen Is Having a Rare Sale on Its Best-Selling Sheets

These popular sheets almost never go on sale.

Categories
Uncategorized

Kendall Jenner Had the Perfect Response to a Sexist Joke About Her NBA Player Dating History

Categories
Uncategorized

Beyoncé Joins Megan Thee Stallion on the “Savage Remix”

Categories
Uncategorized

The Biggest, Boldest (and Brightest) Hair Trends Right Now

Get inspired by Dua Lipa’s tangerine orange ‘do.

Categories
Uncategorized

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Reportedly Expecting a Baby Girl