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.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia