NEW YORK -- "When I was growing up, this is the only magazine I ever read," said Britney Spears, the 20-year-old pop sensation, referring to Cosmopolitan.
"To be named the Fun, Fearless Female of the Year is amazing," added the singer, who was honored Monday at a Cosmo luncheon at The Four Seasons Restaurant here.
Dressed in a gray pinstripe Dolce & Gabbana pantsuit and sky-blue turtleneck, Spears was accompanied by her mother, Lynn, and her entourage. Having appeared on such covers as Rolling Stone, Elle, Vogue, Jane, Entertainment Weekly and Teen People, Spears said she was excited to be a Cosmo covergirl for the first time. She was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier in true Cosmo style for the February cover, wearing a pleated red silk chiffon dress by RC Danenberg by Rebecca Danenberg, with the requisite plunging neckline.
Historically, Cosmo has awarded a full slate of honorees at its annual Fun, Fearless Female luncheon, but this year, it decided to honor Spears exclusively, although the February issue features nine other honorees, including Niki Taylor, Nelly Furtado, Alicia Silverstone, Beyonce Knowles and Jill Hennessy. According to a Cosmo spokeswoman, the magazine decided a less glitzy, more personal luncheon was more appropriate in light of Sept. 11, and the magazine was able to get Spears and felt it would be more impactful.
Although it was a more subdued event, there was the added attraction of raffle prizes for guests, such as a $3,000 shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue; an opportunity to pose for a mock Cosmo cover photographed by Demarchelier; a Cosmo day of beauty at Frederic Fekkai, and two Prada handbags.
Kate White, editor in chief of Cosmo, gave a list of reasons why Spears qualified as the Fun, Fearless Female of the Year. She pointed to Spears's Pepsi commercial during Sunday night's Super Bowl; the fact that "her stage shows put Cirque du Soleil to shame;" that she's not afraid to take risks and cowrote five songs on her new CD; how within a month her album went quadruple platinum, and that next week, her movie, "Crossroads" premieres. Although Spears sings about no longer being a girl and not quite a woman, White pointed out: "You are all female to us. You make Heidi Klum look like Drew Carey."Cosmo showed a videotape of Spears's contemporaries congratulating her, such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, a former Fun Fearless Female of the Year; boyfriend Justin Timberlake; Chris and J.C. of 'NSync; Celine Dion; Mark McGrath; Lenny Kravitz, and Destiny's Child.
Susan Plagemann, publisher of Cosmo, told the audience how under White, the circulation has grown by over 400,000 copies the past 3 1/2 years, to 2.8 million a month. "Everyone envies Kate's newsstand circulation. Cosmo sells over two million copies on the newsstand and with Britney, you're going to do even more."
Plagemann had asked her seven-year-old son if he wanted to attend the luncheon but he turned her down because he was afraid to talk to a female rock star. He reminded his mother that he's only seven years old.
But after the luncheon, Plagemann asked Spears, "Will you come with me to pick my son up at school?"
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)