On Tuesday evening, close to a hundred brides-to-be and bride hopefuls filed into Isaac Mizrahi’s West Side showroom for a meet-and-greet with the designer. The occasion? A trunk show celebrating his dress and accessory collection for online wedding retailer The Aisle New York.
The girls drank pink champagne, nibbled tiny caviar hors d’oeuvres in the shape of engagement rings (courtesy of Peter Callahan Catering) and slipped into a slew of Mizrahi’s exclusive designs for the site — peplumed, ruffled and embroidered gowns, not to mention the beribboned minaudières and baubles.
“Most brides don’t actually ever get to meet the person who designs their wedding dress like this,” said co-host Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, who had a display of candy-inspired decor — done for Dylan Lauren’s bridal shower — in the back. In addition to The Aisle co-founders Mark Ingram, David Yassky, Deborah Moses and Shara Levy, cake doyenne Sylvia Weinstock was in the house, signing copies of her book “Sensational Cakes.”
“Isaac and I are old friends. We’ve known each other for years,” said Weinstock, recalling how they met more than 20 years ago at the designer’s downtown shop. Mizrahi, for his part, recalled his bridal debut: the 1987 wedding of Melissa Lee Huffine and Nuno Brandolini d’Adda.
“I designed the whole wedding — the bridesmaids, the kids’ clothes. It was a big job,” he said. “I remember Oscar de la Renta was there and all these social ladies. It was terrifying.” Although his gown for Huffine was “huge, like a Sargent painting,” Mizrahi notes that this new collection, priced from $2,200 to $4,500, “strikes the balance between grandeur and modernity. I think that’s everybody’s thing, but we’re good at it.” He had even higher praise reserved for Weinstock’s designs. “I can say that, if you have the Sylvia Weinstock wedding cake,” he remarked, “you’re likely to be more fertile and stay together longer. You’ll have kids, lots of kids.”
There was one guest present, however, who wasn’t doing any nuptial scouting: Prabal Gurung, who was there to support close friend (and former WWD editor) Yassky. Still, the recent CFDA winner didn’t cross out the possibility of doing his own bridal line one day.
“I’m in no rush, but it’s an idea that’s definitely interesting,” said Gurung, who has already designed three wedding gowns for his own friends. “There are so many categories I want to get into, and bridal is one of them.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion