FEELING UNLOVED: As they leave Denver to head to St. Paul and the Republicans, there’s one group who have felt shut out by the Democrats: the press. And that could be deliberate. On Wednesday, Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, did a post-lunch coffee and questions session with Time magazine and all but said he was unconcerned with the news cycle because grassroots support is more important to him and the campaign.
He brushed off every question about why the polls hadn’t shown a spike for Obama during the convention, saying, “We don’t pay any attention to national polls,” that the race is state-by-state and that there is an “intensity gap” between Sen. John McCain’s supporters and Obama’s.
To which McCain’s adviser Mike Murphy, sitting in the back of the room, said, “Congratulations on a well-run primary, but when campaigns start talking about turnout dynamics, it’s generally to make up for other shortcomings.”
As Rebecca Traister of Salon said, “[Plouffe] seemed to be like a candidate who did that thing politicians do, which is answer the question he wanted to answer as opposed to the one that was asked.” WESTERN STANDARD TIME: Everyone’s been wondering where the celebrities have been this week, but you could catch a few at Kanye West’s show on Wednesday night at the Exdo Center, a club in downtown Denver. A sober-looking Kirsten Dunst was dancing with a few friends near the door. In a roped-off VIP area were Gayle King and Angela Bassett. Maureen Dowd and Jill Abramson of The New York Times were hanging out in the middle of the floor. Tom Freston, who serves on the board of the One Campaign — which cosponsored the event with the Recording Industry Association of America — was on the side of the stage.
Earlier this month, West’s U.S. tour hit New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and he didn’t start until well after 10 p.m. “Surely they’ve told him this isn’t a late-night crowd,” said someone in the audience who arrived after 9 p.m. local time, when Joe Biden concluded his speech at the Pepsi Center.
If they did, West didn’t care. He took to the stage around 11:30, did a terrific set, and the Democrats danced badly until 1 a.m.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)