Ralph Lauren led the fashion industry to the Clinton White House Monday and, in less than half an hour, looked all set to move in.Ralph, who joined Hillary Clinton in a receiving line to kick off the "Fashion Targets Breast Cancer" drive, got that old Potomac fever around 4 p.m., when the First Lady -- who was wearing a black Donna Karan suit with white collar and cuffs -- invited Lauren and a select group of designers up to the family quarters for tea before the evening's cocktail party."Ralph, this look becomes you," Donna Karan told him, as the two stood on the Truman Balcony, with its view of the Washington Monument.Ralph agreed. "This is very, very good," he said.Lauren wasn't the only one bitten by the White House bug. Oscar de la Renta huddled with Clinton adviser Lloyd Cutler, discussing the Dominican Republic. "I do other things [besides designing]," confided Oscar.Jeffrey Banks created his own dramatic moment when he set off the metal detectors on his way into the reception. "The guard turned to me and said, 'Have you had a stress test lately? Because if you have you're filled with radio isotopes' Actually, I did have a stress test a week ago," Banks said.But it was Betsey Johnson who made the most dramatic entrance, with her red, white and blue stars-and-stripes platform shoes, blue spandex leotard, white tulle tutu and black tights.Shoe designer Kenneth Cole was more interested in the spit-shine on the military guards' shoes: "You get than using Windex?" he inquired of one guard.But it was Hillary who got the last word on fashion: "I've never seen the women in the White House get more dressed up," she said. As for her own fashion image, Hillary took a tip from the late fashion reporter Nina Hyde, whose death inspired the industry's fund-raising effort. "Nina Hyde said she felt well-dressed if she had a Swatch watch. I went to my dresser and looked for one. After you've been on the worst dressed list of People magazine, you'll look for anything."
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Tap the link in bio for the full report. #wwdnews
“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)
"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
“Shudu is a digital supermodel, a very glamour and amazing woman. But she’s 3-D,” says Cameron-James Wilson, a fashion photographer and the creature of @shudu.gram. Here, Shudu wears @cushnieetochs for her debut fashion editorial. #wwdfashion (📷: @cjw.photo)
“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)