Style Notes: Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Makes Paris Debut; Stella McCartney to Receive Innovator Award
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Reese Witherspoon's Daughter, Ava Philippe Made Her Debut In Paris [People]
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe's 18-year-old daughter, Ava Phillippe, made her debut Saturday at the 25th annual Bal des Debutantes at the Peninsula Paris hotel. Ava, clad in a Giambattista Valli couture gown, was escorted by her date, Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh, and the pair danced to a number from La La Land in front of the 19 other young debutantes. Several Hollywood offspring have attended the event over the years, including Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughters Scout and Tallulah Willis, and Sylvester Stallone's daughter Sophia. Ava has accompanied her mom on many red carpets recently, including the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards and the Wall Street Journal Innovator Awards.
Stella McCartney to Receive Innovator Award [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Stella McCartney will be honored as the inaugural recipient of a Special Recognition for Innovation at the 2017 Fashion Awards taking place Dec. 4 in London. Specifically, the designer's innovative use of materials and commitment to raising awareness for environmental issues will be celebrated. Said McCartney in a release, "What I am most proud of is that it is a new award that is introduced into the Fashion Awards, a special recognition on innovation. I am hoping that as being the first recipient, I can inspire other design houses to follow suit and to make this the most prestigious award, not just a one-off.”
Giambattista Valli Is Launching Activewear [WWD]
Fashion designer Giambattista Valli, known for his voluminous couture creations beloved by Rihanna, is stepping into the activewear arena. The move is part of his new retail-focused partnership with the Pinault family, which owns Kering. Valli's first activewear capsule collection — about 50-60 pieces including tracksuits, puffer jackets and sweatshirts — will be presented to buyers in January. The designer emphasized that the collection is "not a secondary line" and will not encompass performance gear. Rather, he will focus on apres-ski looks to start, and eventually expand to swimwear and beach separates. "We really want to develop the brand in every direction," Valli told the trade. "This is just the start.”
Prabal Gurung Designed the Formula One Grand Prix Grid Girl Uniform [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
New York-based Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung designed the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Grid Girls uniform in collaboration with Etihad Airways. The all-black jumpsuit was inspired by women's workwear from the 1940s. “We wanted to challenge the conceived notion of how Grid Girls are typically dressed," said Gurung in a release. "Together, we are proud to create a jumpsuit with a strong shoulder and our signature architectural approach — something a bit unexpected, yet still feminine and empowering.”
Victoria Beckham Raises $40 Million in Private Equity Investment [New York Times]
Victoria Beckham has raised approximately $40 million from London-based private equity firm Neo Investment Partners in exchange for an undisclosed stake in her business. The former Spice Girl has grown her business slowly but surely since launching in 2008, earning high praise from fashion critics and consumers alike for her work. With the new investment, Beckham plans to expand her retail operations; earlier this fall, she also announced a forthcoming partnership with Reebok.
Mansur Gavriel to Open Los Angeles Store [WWD]
Mansur Gavriel is opening up shop in Los Angeles next month with an experiential retail concept featuring a courtyard and an adjoining cafe. The brand, which launched with a cult-favorite collection of accessories and expanded into ready-to-wear this season, will open its doors on Melrose Place and carry their full product offering as well as a "marketplace" of hand-selected items including tableware, furniture and linen. "We met in L.A. and developed the early concept of the brand back in 2010 between L.A. — where I lived — and Berlin, where Floriana [Gavriel] lived,” said co-founder Rachel Mansur. “L.A. was definitely an early inspiration: the nature, architecture, food, texture, colors.”