RALLY FOR ROWAN HOUSE: More than 600 people packed the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia Friday night for a party benefiting Rowan House, a transitional shelter for homeless women and their children that was...
RALLY FOR ROWAN HOUSE: More than 600 people packed the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia Friday night for a party benefiting Rowan House, a transitional shelter for homeless women and their children that was started by apparel executive Rena Rowan. Rowan, a founder of Jones Apparel Group, spearheaded the $2.1 million project, partly because she, too, experienced difficult beginnings. Forced to leave their home in Poland during World War II, Rowan, her sister and her mother were exiled to Siberia for three years, while her father was deported elsewhere. Rowan eventually made her way to the U.S., arriving on Oct. 28, 1944. Rowan House, the first project of Hope for Philadelphia Homeless, a new volunteer organization she founded, will have 20 housing units, classrooms and a community room. It's expected to open for fall 1995 and will be operated by the People's Emergency Center. The site, in West Philadelphia, is owned by Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation and is being provided for the nominal fee of $1 a year for 50 years. Rowan already has committed $500,000 of her own money, with the city government committing to $250,000. Friday night's event, which was attended by Leonard and Evelyn Lauder; Marvin and Lee Traub; Howard Gittis, vice chairman of Revlon; ex-heavyweight champ Joe Frazier, and Sydney Kimmel, chairman of Jones Apparel, raised about $125,000.
LIZ CLAIBORNE AT F.I.T.: Liz Claiborne, former chairwoman of Liz Claiborne Inc., and her husband, Arthur Ortenberg, former vice chairman of the sportswear giant, will kick off the Fashion Institute of Technology's "Fashion in Contemporary Living" lecture series on Nov. 7. They will discuss the evolution of their company and its fashion philosophy.
KELLNER TO RUFF HEWN: Howard A. Kellner has joined Ruff Hewn as director of sourcing, a new post. Kellner was a consultant for two years and before that was vice president of corporate sourcing at The Warnaco Group. At Ruff Hewn, he reports to Ray Rogers, executive vice president.
KGR NAMES LONERGAN: Peter Lonergan, former president of the Evan-Picone division of Jones Apparel Group, has been named to the new post of vice president of KGR Inc., a better sportswear private label company. Lonergan, who reports to Chet Sidell, president of KGR, oversees the design, merchandising, sales and general operations of the New York office.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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