Beautiful women wearing tattered clothing and worn shoes. It's no wonder New York retailers love fairy tales. After all, it's their chance to be at the ready and provide party dresses and fancy footwear for real princesses — especially satisfying at holiday time.
Cinderella? You can bet your Manolos she'd be the first on line at Bloomingdale's shoe department, and no glass slippers for her, please. She'll take the Christian Louboutin metallic platform sandals. Funny how these innocent stories about longing and wish fulfillment revolve around appearances and luxury goods — ever see a gilded pumpkin carriage? Of course, this Cinderella would never take a yellow cab to the ball. She looks like she walked out of a Fragonard painting with her pale skin and delicate features.
The Brothers Grimm couldn't have known how their story about a frog prince would ring true to all the single women in the city who've kissed many a toad. In the Bloomingdale's window, "The Frog Prince" becomes an urban legend with the princess lounging on moss that could be in Central Park rather than by the proverbial water hole.
The folks at Lord & Taylor also had fairy tales on their minds. The store's windows portray the "Princess and the Pea," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Cinderella." One window tells the story of 12 princesses who wake up every day exhausted with their shoes in ruins. Their father, the king, does what any father would do, he offers the hand of one of the princesses to whomever can solve the mystery.
The story of "Rumpelstiltskin" gives Lord & Taylor the opportunity to feature every woman's fantasy — long, flowing hair, healthy enough to support a strapping young man — and the "Princess and the Pea" points out what every discerning consumer knows: Don't settle.
Saks Fifth Avenue's windows tell the story of universal love and the birth of beauty. Each of six windows contains an intricate vignette built inside Christmas ornaments shaped like stars and teardrops. There's a young woman gliding peacefully on a swing surrounded by branches as if in an enchanted forest. Tim Wisgerhof, window director, described the sensibility as Maxfield Parrish meets "Mad Max." The theme "speaks to the bigger message of the holidays," he said.At Macy's, the windows of the Herald Square flagship celebrate Christmas in the city with scenes popping out of books. One illustrates the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the official kickoff of the holiday season. The first parade took place in 1924. Another window shows a vista of Rockefeller Center with the traditional Christmas tree and ice skaters. In a third window, the Radio City Rockettes pop out of the pages. A scene from "The Nutcracker" fills the pages of a fourth book. There's a chaotic — and profitable — shopping scene with the facade of Macy's in a fifth window. The sixth is devoted to New Year's Eve revelry.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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