Any designer with an iota of branding power knew enough to have some sort of presence at Tuesday night’s inaugural balls. From big-name combos such as Vera Wang-Oprah Winfrey and Carolina Herrera-Faith Hill to more obscure ones like little-known Bostonian Michael De Paulo dressing Bahrain Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo, everyone seemed to have something to shill. While the branding of the American presidency as a means to victory is one debate best left to political pundits, the fashion crowd clearly has no qualms about self-promotion in the name of democracy.
Michelle Obama no doubt gave Isabel Toledo, Narciso Rodriguez, J. Crew and Maria Cornejo some serious marketing might without any heads-up. Ditto for Jill Biden, who went with off-the-rack finds from Milly, Susana Monaco and Reem Acra during the festivities. But in some cases, it was the celebs who did the asking, as was the case with Winfrey. Maggie Norris, on the other hand, was more than happy to dress her pal Grace Hightower. The designer also provided Fran Drescher with an accessory that would be tough to copy — a water bottle carrier that “The Nanny” actress planned to sling over her shoulder with an insignia touting her cancer foundation.
Diane von Furstenberg, Nanette Lepore and Kai Milla were among the designers who trekked to D.C. to relish in all the festivities. Aside from providing Halle Berry and Angela Bassett with dresses, Milla scored some face time with the First Lady, who said she wanted to check out more of the designer’s collection.
Travel kept Oscar de la Renta away from the Beltway, but a few of his designs made the trip. Aside from long-time fan and friend Hillary Clinton, the designer provided a dark blue embroidered dress with a deep V-back for White House party planner Desirée Rogers. But, like most of the designers campaigning for coverage, de la Renta was in the dark until the very last moment about who would wear what.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)