MILAN -- Believe it or not, the same designers who battle bitterly over a show calendar have managed to stick together for a decade to support Convivio, an AIDS fund-raiser held here every two years. More than 140 brands, including 50 fashion...
MILAN--Believe it or not, the same designers who battle bitterly over a show calendar have managed to stick together for a decade to support Convivio, an AIDS fund-raiser held here every two years.More than 140 brands, including 50 fashion houses like Versace, Giorgio Armani, Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana, supported the five-day Convivio extravaganza June 6-10. It kicked off with a flea market, a dinner and a disco party for 3,000.More than 60,000 people, hungry for designer items at half the retail price, flocked to the market where some 800 volunteers acted like traffic cops to maintain order and the flow of the crowd as well as avoid congestion at the cashiers.Prada sold 1,660 items--including bowling bags, sunglasses and nylon wallets--for a total of $88,000. Gucci, meanwhile, sold 500 bags, including the Jackie style. On opening night, Donatella Versace worked at her stand in a black pantsuit with fluorescent green piping. Pastel-colored shades, Versace sport apparel and jeans were snapped up, bringing in $192,000.Armani sold all 5,000 pieces that it brought, including apparel, accessories, fragrance, linens and home goods. Bestsellers were canvas and leather totes made exclusively for Armani by prisoners at the San Vittore Prison.For the first time, furniture, interior design, home goods and technology firms also lent their support."The goal is to beat the $1.8 million mark of the last edition," said Versace, who showed up with her children, Allegra and Daniel, on opening night. Her late brother Gianni initiated the event. "With this project, Gianni pushed the designers to work together--not an easy task--and if he were here, he would say thank-you to everyone."With a total of about $2.3 million raised, it was mission accomplished.Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Italian Vogue and Convivio's chief organizer, said: "When Gianni first called me with this idea, I thought he was crazy. Now, after 10 years, I can say it was a fantastic idea and it shows that fashion can be extremely supportive of serious problems."
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye