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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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