NOT SO CREATIVE: The Creative Coalition’s gala in Minneapolis was generally a bust. Though a listing in the National Journal’s Convention Daily promised a host of big celebrities at the bash thrown by the advocacy group for the arts and entertainment worlds — among them Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino and Maggie Gyllenhaal — the best the event got in the end were Kerry Washington, Wendy Malick and Tony Goldwyn, according to a press release handed to journalists when they arrived.
The headline act was Southern rockers The Charlie Daniels Band, which had a number of hits in the Sixties and Seventies and whose lead man now looks like a dead ringer for Santa Claus.
“This place is like an airplane hanger,” said one journalist, scanning the room.
And indeed it was. If Washington, Malick and Goldwyn had been at the event, they’d long since left by then, shortly before midnight. (This may sound late elsewhere, but it was prime time to get to a party in Denver, since the convention itself doesn’t end until 10, and no one can get to their car for at least another 45 minutes, given the heightened security around the arena.)
DAWSON’S CAUSE: A rare celebrity spotting on Wednesday night at the convention was Rosario Dawson, who came to view Sarah Palin’s speech. “I thought it was amazing,” Dawson said as she attempted to exit the Xcel Energy Center and reporters began to swarm. “She was real and fun. We were expecting something big and we got it.”
But don’t take that to mean Dawson is planning on voting for her and John McCain. The actress is actually in Minneapolis to promote a bipartisan organization she’s started called Voto Latino, whose mission is to improve young Hispanic turnout at the polls. “We’re trying to register people,” Dawson said diplomatically. “It’s not fair for us to judge who they’re voting for.”
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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