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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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