NEW YORK — Along with their diplomas, Fashion Institute of Technology graduates were greeted as equals by none other than Carolina Herrera at Tuesday’s commencement ceremony.
“It is such a pleasure to be among all of you talented designers, or students and graduates,” Herrera said before the soon-to-be alumni of the School of Art and Design and the School of Graduate Studies. After receiving a doctorate of fine arts, Herrera said, “It is such an honor for me to receive this doctorate, which I was not expecting at all. For me, it is a dream.”
With more than 300 stores worldwide, the designer offered some sound advice. “I have to say to you all that I have been a designer for 30 years and I have a passion for fashion,” she said. “I hope all of you do the same, because it is not always very glamorous. It is a lot of work and you will love it. You will never give up because the moment you have a bit of success you want much more.” RELATED STORY: Carolina Herrera Sees Global Growth >>
In his keynote address, Davin Stowell, founder and chief executive officer of Smart Design, a multidisciplinary design firm, recalled interning at CorningWare where he suggested the company make a saucepan that could also be used as a bowl to eat from. Even though market research indicated consumers would balk at the idea, the company liked the design and went ahead with production. Stowell said the creation wound up being the brand’s bestseller for many years. He told the 600 graduates at the Javits Center North, “I’m sure all of you have ideas. They’re probably terrible ideas. But if you believe in them, stick with them. See them through. You just never know.”
Stowell, who introduced the OXO Good Grips collection in 1989, noted that only 6 percent of all college graduates earn their diplomas in creative fields. “The world is starving for your creativity,” he said.
“Aim high, but remember how many small steps may get you further than waiting for the big one,” Stowell said.
Earlier in the day Leslie Blodgett, creator of bareMinerals and executive chairman of Bare Escentuals, addressed graduates of FIT’s Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology.
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye