These days, Donatella Versace would rather throw a party than simply attend one, and that's exactly what she did on a zip through Manhattan late last week. On Thursday, the ultimate vixen threw an intimate affair for Allure editor in chief Linda Wells at the Gramercy Park Hotel to celebrate Wells' new book, "Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor."
"I love Donatella, she is so dominatrix tonight," a more demurely dressed Lucy Liu said of Versace's sultry black ensemble. She was among a crowd that included Aerin Lauder, Alek Wek, Anna Sui, Gina Gershon, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Margherita Missoni, Narciso Rodriguez and Niki Taylor. Though the starting bell rang for Tom Ford's party for his new Black Orchid fragrance uptown, many guests were too busy double-fisting the many desserts to rush off immediately.
Even Ford couldn't resist checking out his blurb on the back jacket of Wells' tome, arriving fashionably late at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. As revelers rode up in the nearly pitch-black elevator, they were awed by the slick, sexy decor.
"It's very Space Mountain," boomed one attendee. "I was thinking more ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' but thanks anyway," replied Ford dryly. The style arbiter had labored over every last detail of the party — even down to the black hand soap in the ladies' room. The lively crowd included Sophie Dahl, Becca CasonThrash, Elizabeth Saltzman-Walker, Carmen Kass, Victoria Traina, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld (who's featured in the ad campaign for the fragrance) and her mother, Carine.
That same night in London, a different crop of designers were being honored at the British Fashion Awards at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. Winners included Giles Deacon for designer of the year, Kate Moss, who scooped model of the year — in absentia — and Vivienne Westwood, who won the red carpet designer award. "So…I'm not Kate," deadpanned Westwood, who picked up Moss' award for her. "But I love her — she is a lovely, loyal, fantastic person."Many guests at Carolyne Roehm's cocktail party in Manhattan last Wednesday would have said the same of their willowy hostess, who was marking her latest publication, "A Passion for Parties." But despite her reputation for entertaining, Roehm claims to be a neophyte. "I've only ever given two cocktail parties," she confided, though a glance at Anne Bass, Nina Griscom, CeCe Cord and her new husband, John Baldwin, happily nibbling smoked salmon canapes and sipping Champagne contradicted any inexperience. Meanwhile, Sandy Hill is planning her own entertaining book for next spring, inspired by parties at her Santa Barbara, Calif., ranch — where she bottles her own vintage, Oak Savanna. "It's more of a recipe book than Carolyne's," she explained.
Cross country, another high-profile social whirler and author, Liz Goldwyn, signed copies of her much publicized book on burlesque, "Pretty Things," Monday night at Tower Bar. Goldwyn took a cue from party sponsor Dior Beauty, who outfitted her in a pair of heels modeled after Mr. Dior's first perfume bottle.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)