NEW YORK — Friendly as he has been with Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton over the years, Oscar de la Renta will be making his first trip to Little Rock, Ark., Monday for what should be an eventful night.
Two private planes are lined up to fly in the designer with his family and friends to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center for the opening night party of the retrospective exhibit “Oscar de la Renta: American Icon.” The exhibition will detail his life, career and impact on the fashion world with 30 of his designs as well as photographs and video interviews. From his boyhood days in the Dominican Republic to his years spent working in Spain, Paris and eventually the U.S., visitors will get a play-by-play look at how de la Renta’s career has evolved over more than five decades.
Former Secretary of State Rodham Clinton (who honored de la Renta at last month’s Council of Fashion Designers of America awards) had the idea for his Arkansas retrospective some time ago. “I was very honored. Originally, I thought the library had some of the other clothes that I had done for Mrs. Clinton. I was told, ‘No, this is not at all about Mrs. Clinton. It’s about you.’”
Their mutual admiration is a long time running. In a 1998 Vogue cover story, Rodham Clinton praised de la Renta as “the ultimate statesman of American fashion” and “a true American original.” Although her husband left office more than 12 years ago, de la Renta would like to see her return to the Oval Office as president. “I do hope that Hillary will be our next president. They are really extraordinary people,” he said Tuesday.
For the event, Rodham Clinton will no doubt wear something designed by de la Renta, but she did not make any special requests. “I don’t even know what she is wearing. It will probably be a white jacket of mine and black pants. That’s her uniform now,” he said.
The Clintons will be joined at Monday’s party by their daughter Chelsea. Barbara Walters and Anna Wintour will also be among the well-wishers. The aforementioned are also featured in a video, which de la Renta has heard about but has yet to see. The fashion-focused exhibition is a first for the Clinton library.
Jennifer Park and Molly Sorkin, who helped de la Renta with exhibits at the Spanish Institute, worked closely with the designer to curate the “American Icon” show and to oversee its installation. Having sent pieces from his archives dating “all the way back to the Sixties,” de la Renta was reluctant to single out any favorites. “All of them [are] especially the ones that people don’t like because I feel sorry for them,” he said.
The Little Rock show will be on view through Dec. 1. In light of his recent CFDA award and a rousing Q&A at 92Y, the Clinton Library exhibition has helped make this year a memorable one. And de la Renta is ready for more fun. “Hopefully, every year is going to be like this,” he said.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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