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.
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The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
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EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)