NEW YORK — DKNY on Thursday night was packed with bikers, chicks and art fans for the kickoff of “Madison Avenue: Where Art Meets Fashion.” But the bikers were a tame bunch, having ridden in on Vespas rather than Harley- Davidsons;...
NEW YORK — DKNY on Thursday night was packed with bikers, chicks and art fans for the kickoff of “Madison Avenue: Where Art Meets Fashion.” But the bikers were a tame bunch, having ridden in on Vespas rather than Harley- Davidsons; DKNY cosponsored the third annual Gotham Scooter Rally that evening.
Art Meets Fashion, which benefits the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Family Programs, is supported by American Express and runs through May 14. It’s organized by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. DKNY displayed photographs by Sebastian Kim, who chronicles the underground scooter scene. “This is a very eclectic crowd,” a spokeswoman said. “It’s people who haven’t been to the store.”
Karan, whose late husband, Stephen Weiss, was a motorcycle enthusiast, wants to learn how to ride herself. “Can you imagine?” said the spokeswoman, “after she broke two knees skiing!”
Across the street at Barneys New York, the ninth floor was jumping with fans of Isabel and Ruben Toledo, whose work decorated the space. Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney, said, “The energy is really great. I love the shift in music from place to place.”
Brendon Cass’ large-scale canvases gave the monochromatic Calvin Klein store a shot of color. Cass, who painted impressionistic scenes of New York in Klein’s Madison Avenue windows, said, “It’s interesting to view paintings as temporary and not always precious. These are meant to be more like poetic suggestions.”
Sophie Matisse’s paintings suggest the work of famous artists. Matisse, who is Henri Matisse’s great-granddaughter, takes well-known paintings and removes one element. Her version of Vermeer’s “Woman With a Pearl Necklace,” sans the necklace, took on a sense of irony amid all the jewels at David Yurman. “This is the biggest turnout we’ve ever had and the friendliest,” Yurman said. “We sold a few big pieces tonight.”
Space was tight at Yurman’s, but not as tight as at Yves Saint Laurent, where Sylvie Fleury’s art and the cachet of an invitation-only party created a frenzy at the door.
At Ralph Lauren, guests drank Grey Goose Coolers made with lemonade and admired the merchandise as if it were fine art. The designer didn’t look far to find an artist. Bruce Weber, who photographs Lauren’s ad campaigns, supplied portraits, which looked like they were part of the Rhinelander Mansion’s permanent decor.Dolce & Gabbana’s artist of choice, Christopher Brooks, attracted a chic set of admirers, including his wife, Amanda, formerly of Tuleh; Ann Dexter Jones; Peter Beard; Frederic Fekkai; Anh Duong; Ann McNally; Boykin Curry; Celery Kemble, and Samantha Boardman.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)