Every so often, a fashion week party manages to overshadow the collections themselves. This year, Madonna and Gucci’s Raising Malawi Event at the United Nations stole the spotlight, and even celebrities turned up with their cameras at the ready. “It’s for my blog,” said Martha Stewart, who had plenty to shoot, from Madonna’s fellow Kabbalists (Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore) to her Scientology rivals (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes) to the divas who would normally be considered competition (J.Lo and Gwen Stefani). Also added into the mix were Donald Trump, Rosie O’Donnell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Drew Barrymore, Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller and Donna Karan.
“It’s the cause,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “Madonna, Gucci and fashion week. You gotta make it.”
A giant tent opposite the main building of the U.N. was Gucci-fied to the point where it was almost a surprise the food itself wasn’t slick and black. Organizing the evening was no small feat, but Madonna was not surprised that she’d managed to pull it off. “I had Gucci and UNICEF on my side, so that helped. It’s pretty chic, isn’t it?”
The dresses were long, the speeches were longer and the humor in them was often unintended. (“People always ask me why I chose Malawi and I say I didn’t,” Madonna said. “It chose me.”) Still, it’s hard to find much fault when $5.5 million is raised and split between UNICEF and an impoverished African nation.
After dinner, comedian Chris Rock cohosted an auction and changed the somewhat serious mood of the evening by announcing: “Under each chair tonight is a Malawian child. Everyone gets one.”
While the audience laughed, bidders turned serious with prices reaching the stratosphere. First up, a trip for two to Milan, which went for $60,000. Then, a package that included tickets to the season finale of American Idol, and lunch with Adam Sandler. As the bids reached $95,000, Rock added: “For $100,000, you can f--k Paula Abdul, too.” It went for $95,000.
A trip to Paris and the Chateau Latour vineyard in France went for $120,000, followed by $320,000 for a sports package that included a meet-and-greet with A-Rod and an hour-long soccer game with David Beckham. The last item on the block was a trip to New York with four VIP tickets to Madonna’s next concert and a dance aerobics class with her and Paltrow. It sold to a Japanese lingerie mogul named Mika Noguchi for $600,000. “I’m just glad I didn’t go for $40,000,” Madonna said.
@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
@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)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)