NEW YORK — One-hundred-twenty-five hot young male and female models last week carried trays of vodka tonics, beer and shots of scotch. No, it wasn't a frat party; it was the opening fete for the 27,000-square-foot Abercrombie & Fitch flagship at 720 Fifth Avenue, the chain's largest store yet.
Besides the 1,000 guests — who included photographer Bruce Weber and TV personality Robert Verdi — the party featured a shirtless male model, Matt Ratliff, the face of the retailer's holiday marketing campaign. Guests looking for a souvenir from the event had their photo taken with Ratliff for $10.
Abercrombie's exclusive book by Weber titled "Rookie" also was sold at the party for $50, or $100 signed by Weber. From now until New Year's Eve, Ratliff will be in the store daily to greet customers. The proceeds of the photos and book sales will go to the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families.
Sources said the store, which sits on four levels of selling space, should generate about $40 million in annual sales in the former Fendi site. That's roughly twice the volume of A&F's only other Manhattan site, a 16,800-square-foot store in the South Street Seaport.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)