Some kids are shy, and then there are those who are pathologically self-conscious.
“At home, she was a chatterbox,” said Debbie Perelman, speaking about her daughter, Maia. But outside the house, “Maia was frozen. She couldn’t interact with anybody. She wouldn’t speak at school. Worst of all, she couldn’t interact with other children in the park or at birthday parties. It was painfully hard for her.”
Perelman discussed her daughter’s disorder, known as “selective mutism,” and how the Brave Buddies program at the Child Mind Institute helped Maia open up, at a Bloomingdale’s luncheon on the designer selling floor Tuesdaybenefitting CMI. Perelman, vice chairman of CMI, said Maia improved so much so that she played Jack in “Jack and the Beanstalk” in her school play.
CMI’s mission is to transform mental health for children, enable them to reach their full potential and enlighten families about child psychiatric disorders. “There are 15 million kids in the U.S. who have a psychiatric disorder, and less than half get help,” said Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president of CMI. While CMI treats a range of mental disorders in children, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity, selective mutism became the afternoon’s focus. “Left untreated, in teens it’s likely to lead to alcoholism,” said Koplewicz.
Among those at the luncheon were Kate Spade, Nicole Miller, Fe Fendi, Shoshanna Gruss, Gail Pisano, Bloomingdale’s executives Michael Gould, Frank Doroff, Jack Hruska and Anne Keating, and Brooke Garber Neidich, chairman of the CMI board, whose sons, Jon and Stephen, both have ADD. “Bloomingdale’s support gives us a lot more credibility,” Neidich noted. The event drew a crowd of 155 andraised almost $100,000 for CMI through ticket sales, raffles and by donating 10 percent of certain purchases from Oct. 8-12.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)