Reality TV stars had to vacate their front-row seats to make room for the new celebrities of the season: athletes. Enjoying a post-Olympics popularity spike, athletes—from dainty gymnasts to burly hockey stars— presided over a different kind of court in September.
Gymnast Nastia Liukin, who won a gold medal for all-around gymnastics in Beijing, fittingly wore a gold Peter Som dress to the designer’s New York show. She also attended Badgley Mischka, along with fellow gold medalist, retired swimmer Amanda Beard, who modeled during the week. Swimmer Dara Torres, who, at 41, came out of retirement to win a silver medal in Beijing, walked the runway at Charles Nolan.
LeBron James made his fashion week debut at Ralph Lauren’s show, with the two men cohosting an event later that week. And hockey players also made the rounds, particularly Sean Avery, who skipped training with the Dallas Stars for the Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Vera Wang shows. Meanwhile, Avery’s former New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist was spotted at Tommy Hilfiger.
The U.S. Open sent its own flock of athletes from Arthur Ashe to Bryant Park. Maria Sharapova, who had to sit out the Olympics and U.S. Open due to a shoulder injury, made the rounds. Andy Roddick made Lacoste’s show, while women’s champion Serena Williams did a front-row victory lap at Calvin Klein and Luca Luca, as sister Venus visited Diane von Furstenberg.
Boris Becker attended the Talbot Runhof show in Paris, and a number of medalists made front-row appearances in Milan. South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, also known as the girlfriend of Monaco’s Prince Albert II, trilled that she was “so excited” to be at the Giorgio Armani show for the first time. Also at the show was goldmedal swimmer Federica Pellegrini.
Fencer Valentina Vezzali was flanked by two of her peers, Diego Occhiuzzi and Aldo Montano, who believes there’s more of a connection between fencing and fashion than meets the eye. “Fencing is synonymous with elegance, from the attire to the cavalry and the posture,” said the bronze medalist.
Vezzali and Italian Olympic silver medalist in fencing, Margherita Granbassi, were also invited by Laura Biagiotti, whose front row is regularly graced by athletes.
Alex Schwarzer, who took home a gold medal in the marathon walking category, was at Emporio Armani, while Olympic swimmer Paolo Bossini was at D&G and is rumored to be involved with the designers in a sports-related event or ad campaign.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)