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.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye