HOUSTON -- "I was thinking, 'I don't care what I look like -- just don't let me fall off the stage,"' said Candice Schiller, moments after disembarking from the fashion runway. A friend floated up and told Schiller she'd been stunning. Smiling,...
HOUSTON -- "I was thinking, 'I don't care what I look like -- just don't let me fall off the stage,"' said Candice Schiller, moments after disembarking from the fashion runway. A friend floated up and told Schiller she'd been stunning. Smiling, Schiller replied, "Well, that was my two minutes of fame. So I figure I have 13 left." Schiller, part owner of the Houston restaurant Cafe Annie, was one of 22 "celebrity models" -- a parade of tall Texas blondes, with a few exceptions -- in a show of fall fashions from Tootsies, staged in the Houstonian Hotel's Fitness Center. The show started with breathless gyrations by Fitness Center aerobics instructors -- tiny muscular women in stretchy, skin-tight black gear. Professional models followed, interspersed with the "real people," some of whom were so nervous they tossed back tequila shots backstage to calm themselves.
Patsy Fourticq and Barbara Jones trotted out briskly as if they were freezing, and Gigi Huang didn't quite make it to the end of the runway. "Oh, baloney," she said later to a friend. "I went down the whole thing."
They needn't have worried, though -- the crowd loved them all, cheering wildly and chanting their names -- and most of the models looked like they were having a blast, smiling and strutting proudly. "Don't you just love these Texas girls?" said Gena Sylvester.
The "celebrity models" loved the clothes they showed, too -- more than half of them bought the outfits they wore on the runway.
Though Donna Karan, DKNY, and Moschino were all strongly featured, the spotlight fell on Los Angeles designer Pamela Dennis. "She's kind of our new Donna Karan, as far as eveningwear goes," said Tootsies owner Mickey Rosmarin. "It's luxury dressing at its best."
Not many in the audience cared for the tightly fitting, trendy velvet numbers by such designers as Norma Kamali, DKNY and Donna Karan. "It looks like someone's used the drapes and the tablecloths to make clothes," said Martine Weitz. Shelly Tamborello said, "You can't wear them if you have any curves. It doesn't work."All ticket sales, which amounted to $43,575, went to the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS' program for women and children. There was one sobering moment when a group of artists, gallery owners and museum curators showed up dressed as gay bikers in black leather and spikes to protest the fund designation. "It's comforting to know that only women and children get AIDS," said photographer Rob Ziebell.
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
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion