NEW YORK — The need to end the plight of impoverished female factory workers overseas was emphasized repeatedly Thursday during Fashion 4 Development’s annual First Ladies Luncheon.
Hosted by F4D’s founder Evie Evangelou and emceed by CBS’ Margaret Brennan, the crowd at The Pierre heard from such honorees as Livia Firth, Franca Sozzani, Tina Brown, Michel Sidibé and The Rose of Sharon Foundation founder Folorunsho Alakija. Upping the fashion quota in the ballroom were Donna Karan (who buzzed by before guests were seated), Katie Lee, Reem Acra, Zang Toi and Elettra Wiedemann. There were also such notables as First Lady of the United Nations Madame Ban Soon-Taek, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Al Taweel and Her Royal Highness Princess Bassma al Saud.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)