NEW YORK — Never let it be said that the beauty crowd isn’t a competitive bunch.
When model Naomi Campbell —?also the namesake of a Cosmopolitan Cosmetics scent — learned that the figures for the 28th annual Beauty Ball might fall slightly short of last year’s haul, she wrote a check for $18,000 on the spot, which pushed the evening’s total to just over $1.2 million. Over the course of its history, the ball has raised more than $19 million for the March of Dimes.
The event, held Wednesday night at the Waldorf-Astoria, honored Donald J. Loftus, president and chief executive officer of Cosmopolitan Cosmetics USA, and Gail Gordon, vice president of cosmetics at Macy’s East. About 610 people attended.
Hal Kahn, chairman and ceo of Macy’s East, who presented Gordon with Retailer of the Year honors, noted that Gordon "typifies what makes a top Macy’s exec," calling her "fair, competitive and smart," among other notable qualities. For her part, Gordon thanked Kahn, her buyers and her family — including her parents and two of her sisters, who were in attendance.
"Don is an inspirational leader," said Werner Hofmann, chairman of Cosmopolitan Cosmetics USA and senior vice president of its parent, Cosmopolitan Cosmetics S.A., who presented Loftus with the Beautiful Apple award. "He’s smart, witty and unflappable." Not to mention humorous — after Hofmann’s introduction, Loftus gave a quick-paced thank you speech, peppered with a humorous spoof of product placements from Cosmopolitan beauty brands, including Escada and Montblanc.
"I should probably mention that I had to promise to include some product placements in my acceptance speech to secure some of the ads for tonight’s journal," he cracked.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast