This season’s most fashionable accessory was a box of candles. Anniversary celebrations were de rigueur, with designers on both sides of the pond marking milestones.
The biggest of the bunch in Paris was Sonia Rykiel’s 40th runway romp. Rykiel, the flame-haired designer, known for her insouciant brand of Paris chic, hosted a sit-down dinner in a tent pitched in the Park of Saint Cloud, just west of the city. With a view that included the sparkling Eiffel Tower, Rykiel’s guests mingled with glitterati such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, former French prime minister Lionel Jospin and actress Anouk Aimée. Dinner was an elegant affair, with Dover sole, king crab and Champagne. But once the lights dimmed and the runway show started, guests were swept up in the feel-good vibe of Rykiel’s clothes. Some guests were moved to stand on chairs and shower the runway with roses. Rykiel’s best gift came when daughter Nathalie Rykiel introduced 30 dresses made by designers from Alber Elbaz to Ann Demeulemeester in homage to her mom’s spunky style—including a furry coat inspired by Rykiel’s wild hair made by another birthday boy: Martin Margiela. Earlier in the week, the secretive Belgian celebrated two decades in the business with a collection full of enough nostalgia to keep his fans entertained for another 20 years. With rumors swirling that he may be ready to step aside, Margiela used recycling, one of his main themes, on his own oeuvre, from plastic bag confections to disco ball dresses. By the time two models hidden under a giant silk birthday cake appeared, the party was in full swing.
Milan had its share of anniversaries and birthdays, as well, from Adidas’ celebration of 60 years of its Originals line and Salvatore Ferragamo’s 80th birthday to Russian Vogue’s 10th anniversary. But the highlight in the Italian fashion capital was Domenico Dolce’s 50th birthday party with a procession of horse-drawn carriages and a surprise serenade by Diana Ross.
In New York, Calvin Klein celebrated its 40th with one of the most anticipated parties of the year. VIPs such as Halle Berry, Eva Mendes, Brooke Shields, Ashley Olsen, Leighton Meester, Natasha Bedingfi eld and Naomi Watts roamed the large minimalist structure John Pawson built for the occasion and checked out the James Turrell light installation, while Estelle’s performance of “American Boy” got the crowd on its feet. The real star of the night, however, was the High Line, New York’s soon-to-open park development to which guests had special access for the night. “It feels like you can walk right into the Hudson River,” said Kevin Bacon.
Donna Karan might not have thrown a big fete for DKNY’s 20th, but her show still had a celebratory mood. The label’s iconic models, Esther Cañadas and Mark Vanderloo, were in the front row, as were Nicole Richie, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci. They took in a cinematic ode to Gotham, and a conga line of kids hit the runway for the finale. Catherine Malandrino, Zero + Maria Cornejo and Baby Phat, meanwhile, each celebrated their 10th anniversary. “I think it says a lot when you can be in business for a decade,” Kimora Lee Simmons said. “To think that we started with just a T-shirt and became a jeans company and then became a whole lifestyle brand—we’ve gone through such an evolution and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved.”
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)