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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews