SIZING UP: Evidently having one of the best bodies in Hollywood doesn’t guarantee getting into any dress a girl’s heart desires. When Jill Hennessy couldn’t squeeze into the sample-sized couture Elie Saab she’d planned on...
SIZING UP: Evidently having one of the best bodies in Hollywood doesn’t guarantee getting into any dress a girl’s heart desires. When Jill Hennessy couldn’t squeeze into the sample-sized couture Elie Saab she’d planned on wearing to the Emmys, the "Crossing Jordan" star had to act quickly. To the rescue: Dolce & Gabbana. Guess it takes a figure more in the line of Halle Berry (who wore him to the Oscars) to handle a Saab.
WHAT A MENACE: Which former red-carpet queen left Jane Kaczmarek and her stylist scrambling late last week by not delivering the goods? Luckily, seven months-pregnant Kaczmarek had a backup — though just barely: a nightgown from her "Malcolm in the Middle" wardrobe to which she had costume designer Heidi Kaczenski add sleeves.
GIVING THE DRESS OFF HER BACK: Kaczmarek and hubbie Bradley Whitford (of "West Wing" fame) are hoping to raise some big bucks for four charities by auctioning off awards-show looks worn by Jennifer Garner, Susan Sarandon, Wendy Malik, Allison Janney and many other fellow TV stars. "You get this beautiful stuff and you really can’t wear it again for another function," said Kaczmarek, who decided to form the fund-raiser just two weeks before the Emmys. "The response has been amazing. It just makes you feel good about doing the red-carpet walk." Fans can bid now through Oct. 7 at Ubid.com. All proceeds benefit Cure Autism Now, Heifer International, UNICEF and the Union of Concerned Scientists. One of Primetime’s most conscientious couples (they drive a hybrid car) hopes to keep it going through the coming awards season.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: It was about changing their red-carpet images — or at least shaking them up a bit. Several actors eschewed their long-standing stylists in hopes of a fresh eye and, perhaps, fresh press exposure. Rachel Griffiths collaborated with stylist Deborah Waknin, as did Anjelica Huston and "CSI’s" Marg Helgenberger. Lisa Kudrow teamed up with Isaac Joseph; Heather Locklear turned to Daniel Caudill; and "West Wing" star Janel Maloney stuck with Jessica Paster, who also copped Kim Cattrall.
As for Jennifer Garner, the "Alias" star worked with Ralph Lauren directly. Could this be the start of something big now that Penélope Cruz’s contract is up?
DUKE-ING IT OUT: Randolph Duke, who had stopped designing collections in favor of private clients and HSN projects, returned to the red carpet by way of Joan Allen, whom he had dressed for the Golden Globes and Tony Awards. "When the designer and the actress have a relationship, it’s the best," said Duke by mobile phone from Santa Monica. He’s bi-coastal these days. "And Joan’s so tall and elegant." TV viewers might be seeing more of Duke in the future: he’s been pitching a fashion-based reality show. "Someone’s optioned it for a pilot," he confided.
SEASON PASS: With Sunday’s temperatures in Los Angeles hitting the low 90s, the ongoing dilemma over whether to wear a fall look or not got even more heated. After all, it didn’t help that New York’s spring collections shared calendar space with the Emmys. The solution? Original looks created for the Emmys in fall colors with hints of spring. The two options Badgley Mischka made for Kristin Davis were based on fall looks. But John Galliano, Carolina Herrera and Richard Tyler sent several stylists looks from spring 2003 remade in fall colors. Let’s hope organizers on both coasts keep these two fashion-heavy events at least a week apart next year.
TROPHY GIRLS: Apparently, it’s not enough for the actresses and TV talking heads to boast a designer. The costumers behind the Emmys tapped Kevan Hall to glam up the two trophy presenters. Besides plenty of lace, paillettes and bronze bullion threadwork, Hall gave them both a fishtail train.
HOTEL HOPPERS: Has the Beverly Hills Hotel, which come awards season sees more foot traffic than Grand Central Station, lost its cool? Although the parties and promos leading up to the Emmys have never reached the proportions of those linked to the Oscars or Golden Globes, those who do set up suites chose sites anywhere but L’Ermitage (long known as the "Oscar-Mart.")
While many brands returned this year to servicing celebs in their stores with the help of newly created VIP areas, others went for a fresh pitch. Judith Leiber moved to the Regent Beverly Wilshire, the Cabana supersuite took up residence at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, The Johnny Walker men’s suite with Fred Segal Beauty moved into the Four Seasons, Lancôme set up shop at the Peninsula, and the Ted Inc. multibrand suite booked the Avalon Hotel.
FACE IT: It may only take a week to make a single TV episode, but evidently it takes six times that long to get a TV star ready for her close-up. Debra Messing and Emmy winner Allison Janney are among the incredibly loyal — and patient — clients of Hollywood skin care guru Sonya Dakar, who frowns upon quick fixes. She demands six weekly visits for exfoliation, cleansing and green tea/lactic acid peels. During the last two weeks, clients come in every other day for protein masks and a skin-tightening treatment from a supersonic wave-emitting machine. Finally, on the day of the show, they get a diamond peel. Oh, is that all?
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews