WASHINGTON — Diane von Furstenberg, here for Saks Fifth Avenue’s two-day opening of its newly renovated Chevy Chase, Md., flagship, took a moment to talk about her health, her brand and her favorite presidential candidate — Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As 250 women headed into an 80-foot tent on Saks’ huge parking lot for a DVF fashion show, von Furstenberg chatted about her hopes for Clinton in 2016. Whatever problems Clinton may have had in 2008 are behind her, said von Furstenberg, especially from women who believed Clinton should have left her husband for cheating on her.
“Oh, no. I liked her for that. They love each other, they love each other, they love each other. He’s just a man, that’s all. I thought she behaved incredibly well. She wouldn’t have been senator, she wouldn’t have had the…’’
Broken shoulder notwithstanding, von Furstenberg pauses and clicks the fingers of her good arm to capture the oomph she sees in Hillary Clinton. So what does the click mean? “This big public humiliation just made her stronger,” said the designer.
Grateful to First Lady Michelle Obama for wearing her clothes, von Furstenberg isn’t sure if Clinton ever has. “Very few people haven’t worn a wrap dress at some point,’’ said von Furstenberg, postulating Hillary Clinton must have worn one when she was young.
Campaigning hard for her label and the causes she supports, von Furstenberg admitted her skiing accident at the end of March has taken a little toll. “I broke my shoulder. Then I went to Los Angeles and I rested a little bit. Then I came straight to the Kennedy Center [to introduce Clinton to 2,500 supporters at the 2013 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards].
“It was her first public appearance [since stepping down as Secretary of State] so how could I not be there? It was such an honor. I was supposed to have had surgery,” said von Furstenberg.
From there it was back to New York for the Women of the World Conference and the DVF Swards. “I had to do interviews, and I can’t comb my hair. It was pretty hard. Then, Saturday morning I was supposed to have surgery, but I decided not to do it. It was not obligatory. I hope I did the right thing.’’
One big boost on the DVF campaign trail, she said, is her husband Barry Diller’s plane. “It’s not that democratic,” she said. “But it certainly is helpful when you’re in pain.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)