ACT OF CHARITY: The fashion calendar just got one show longer. Seventh on Sixth plans to reveal today its latest edition to show week: a special charity runway show to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The show will be held Friday night after the Gwen Stefani for L.A.M.B. debut. Spearheaded and organized by Naomi Campbell, the show will feature looks from an array of New York designers, and will be worn by celebrities and some of the biggest models of the past 15 years, (Diddy and Cindy Crawford are said to be participants). Tickets will be sold to benefit the evening, and the space at Bryant Park has been donated by 7th on Sixth.
AFTER THE FALL: No one was badly hurt at Diane von Furstenberg's show on Sunday evening, but an accident in which a track of lights fell on audience members left several people feeling shaken up on Monday, including von Furstenberg herself.
"It was a very unfortunate incident, and my first concern is making sure that nobody was seriously injured," she said in a statement. "From what I understand in speaking to and visiting them is that they are OK. My team is now looking into the series of events that led to this accident to ensure that this will never happen again."
Von Furstenberg herself was not injured in the accident. Those who were included Hilary Alexander, fashion editor of London's Daily Telegraph; Teen Vogue editor in chief Amy Astley; Karl Treacy, a reporter at the Daily, and Karen Larrain, fashion market director at Cosmopolitan.
Astley made an early night of it on Sunday, but was back at the shows on Monday morning.
"I have a big scratch on my shoulder, and my muscles are a little sore," she said. "My Prada sweater was ripped to shreds. It could have been much worse. I was very lucky if you put it in perspective."
She even managed to crack a joke: "I became a fashion victim."COURTENEY'S MOMENT: "I have a cold, so I can't talk well or loud," Courteney Cox whispered as she greeted a host of beauty editors and the requisite screaming photographers in the tents Monday. Dressed in a chocolate brown Alessandro Dell'Acqua dress and Prada pumps, the Kinerase spokeswoman was in town for a hot second to promote the launch of the skin care brand's new antiaging Pro + Therapy line, which contains a new plant-based extract ingredient called Zeatin. And, while Cox said, "I love Marc Jacobs," she admitted the designer's show Monday night was not on her itinerary; she was immediately headed back to Toronto to resume filming her next movie, "Return to Zoom," with Tim Allen and Chevy Chase.
PERFECT MATCH: Up-and-coming New York designers Christopher Crawford and Angela Deane, of Christopher Deane, have signed on to create Frida, the first private label line for Matches, a specialty store in the U.K. The initial collection hit stores this month at Matches' doors in some of London's swankiest neighborhoods, including Notting Hill and Wimbledon. The retailer is known for carrying such designers as Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Prada and Chloé. Today, though, Crawford and Deane are probably more occupied with finishing off their Christopher Deane line for Thursday's show.
WONDER GIRL: "Is Stevie going to play? When is Stevie going to play?" was all one heard from a crowd of normally blasé New Yorkers who crammed Bemelman's Bar at the Carlyle Hotel for a dinner celebrating the second collection from Stevie Wonder's wife, Kai Milla.
Sadly, Wonder was feeling a bit under the weather, so his daughter, Aisha Morris, wowed the crowd with a Nancy Wilson tune instead. "You can sing, girl," the surprised guests whooped.
Donna Karan made an appearance, in a white dress from her new collection that she had cut into and tied a black ribbon around. "Nadine called me and told me to come over, and so I just went snip snip and here I am!" she joked, referring to publicist Nadine Johnson, who was presiding over the evening in a Balenciaga ensemble.Last-minute dressing, it seems, was the order of the day. Milla had made her own patterned shirt earlier, a replica of a look that had gone down the runway a couple hours before. "I was going to come in jeans and a shirt, but then everyone said I had to have something, so we just made this," the exuberant designer said.
While his wife circulated, receiving congratulations, Wonder held court at his table with Denise Rich and Star Jones, who was escorted by husband Al Reynolds.
"All I know is if the clothes feel good, they will sell well," said a proud Wonder about his input. He had made the trek to New York from his L.A. home to support his wife. "I have an album coming out on the 27th, so I've been recording up until this week. Too bad I can only come to New York for one day," he lamented. Milla, on the other hand, had set up shop in the city for three weeks before the show to finesse her collection.
Besides Karan, Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff also showed, along with photographer Jessica Craig-Martin, who amused herself by snapping closeups of the feet of model Jacquetta Wheeler and her friends. Wheeler, who was wearing black Top Shop ("I bought tons when I was in London. I love it," she said) seemed happy this week would be a more relaxed one than usual for her. "Well, it's not slow, really, but slow for me," she laughed.
Around midnight, Ashanti and her mom-ager Tina Douglas joined the festivities. The pair sat at a central table with a security guard. "I'm really tight with Stevie," said Ashanti, "so I was excited to see Kai's clothes." The singer said she was also going to attend Carlos Miele's show, one of her favorite designers. "I have about five of his dresses hanging in my hotel room right now. I also love Elie Saab; he's great." KELLY'S CREDO: Kelly Osbourne and her best friend Ali Barone are making the rounds this week. So far the duo, who co-design the retro-inspired contemporary line Stiletto Killers, said designer Kai Milla had the best show."We absolutely loved it," Barone said. "It was very Forties-inspired and very much like what we're doing." The two are averaging about four fashion shows per day and said they can't wait to launch their collection, which hits stores on Halloween. Osbourne said now that she's coming to the shows as a designer, she's noticing the clothes in a different way. "You've got to make your clothes translate," Osbourne said. "They've got to look good on people other than the six-foot-tall skinny models. I've found that stuff that looks bad on models generally looks great on normal people."
ITSY-BITSY, TEENY-WEENY ... : They weren't polkadot, but female regulars at Bryan Bradley's Tuleh show Sunday night oohed and aahed over the bikinis they found on their front-row seats, part of Bradley's new swimwear collection. The one surprise taker was Vogue's André Leon Talley, who sat with two boxes containing the swimwear perched on his large lap. Were they his size? "No," he laughed. "They're for friends."
CHEERS, MATE: Richard Branson, the British entrepreneur and man behind all things Virgin, went relatively unnoticed by the paparazzi at Oscar de la Renta's front row. In times of fashion acquisitions and mergers, one had to wonder, though: just what was Branson doing at Oscar? "We just had a launch presentation for Virgin Wine inside the tents," Branson said, adding he just felt like popping into a show after the presentation. "I have actually never been to a fashion show. I'll see how it goes...I am not the best clothes person."
A few rows — and many flashbulbs — away were Donald and Melania Trump, making their second appearance in a row at a de la Renta show. Trump is far from a fan of Branson's, having said the British mogul's knockoff of "The Apprentice" was so bad it "drew flies."
ONE TO WATCH: Motown progeny Chudney Ross, daughter of Diana Ross, made her New York fashion debut on Sunday night, sitting front row at Venexiana. When a photographer asked if she even knew what Venexiana was, she coyly responded, "I'm wearing it." Clad in a pale pink lace slip dress and a trio of diamond studded Judith Ripka cuff bracelets, the onetime elementary school teacher, sometime children's book author and now model and actress was clearly in the midst of evaluating career options. "I was just signed to a modeling agency in L.A. to do runway modeling, but then I'm also acting," she said. "But the real actor in my family is my little brother, he's starring in the Will Smith movie called ‘Jelly Bean' which comes out this summer. I think I can act, but my brother can really act."OUT AND ABOUT: So much for Gwen Stefani's vow to only go to Zaldy's show during the week as she prepares to make her own runway debut on Friday. Stefani was a surprise guest Sunday night at the opening of the Talevera showroom, arriving with her co-designer Zaldy to peruse the jewelry, including stylist-cum-jewelry designer Andrea Lieberman's new bamboo collection of earrings, Brazilian Yara Figueiredo's eclectic jewelry, Illeana Makri's colorful diamond and sapphire pieces and Marie-Helene de Taillac's feminine styles. Danilo, hairstylist to celebrities including Stefani, shopped with the L.A.M.B. designers. Chiara Clemente and "Life Aquatic's" Waris Ahuwalia also stopped in for a stint. "I love Aurora," said Lieberman of her good friend Aurora Lopez Mejia, who designs an eponymous jewelry collection and also owns the showroom, which she converted herself from an advertising agency.
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN: With celebrity sightings a practical requisite for any fashion show these days, there are times when the star-designer pairings can seem a bit, well, forced (Roger Federer and Naeem Khan anyone?). Not so at Tracy Reese's Sunday show, where pretty, girly girls like Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Zoe Saldana and Jamie Lynn-DiScala were there to see the looks strutting down the runway. Lynn-DiScala, taking a brief break in the middle of shooting "The Sopranos," was happy to come out. "I'm a big fan of Tracy Reese — I'm so happy she's coming into her own," said the actress, decked out in one of the designer's bright dresses. Lynn-DiScala also planned to check out Monique Lhuillier before returning to work. After three seasons of show-going, however, she's far from jaded. "I'm a girl — I always get excited about the clothes," she said.
RECYCLING DRIVE: More and more good causes are penetrating the runways. An event today at the Dylan Hotel will promote Call2Recycle, a recycling program for old cell phones with donation stations at approximately 40,000 locations nationwide, including Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy. "There are toxic metals in each phone that leak into our waterways [if they aren't properly disposed of], so it's incredibly important to recycle them," a spokesman for the organization said. Of course, the $1,500 goodie bags guests will receive — with Kasil jeans, Kevyn Aucoin beauty products, Alex and Ani jewelry and some Claudette cashmere — is also a fairly enticing incentive. Kerry Washington, Vanessa Carlton and Shalom Harlow are expected to attend.ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Howard Stern's squeeze, Beth Ostrosky, will be making her pinup debut this fall in the North Shore Animal League's annual calender. Ostrosky, who serves as the animal shelter's national spokeswoman, said she will be wearing three seasonal Nicole Miller dresses in candid portraits with cuddly kittens and puppies. Her commitment extends to aiding pets find a home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "North Shore had a caravan of vans bring up abandoned pets," said Ostrosky. "We worked all week long cleaning them up, feeding and grooming them. There was even one adorable puppy that had no food or water for seven days and had been swimming in her cage. She's now fine."
LAST CALL: Helmut Lang fans, dismayed by the designer's departure from the Prada-owned label earlier this year, will get their last chance to stock up on the label during Paris Fashion Week. Prada has said the fall-winter collection will be the last for the Lang brand, which looks destined for a sale or a phaseout. Stores in Milan and New York have shuttered, but the Paris flagship on Rue Saint Honore is staying open for the time being and it's home to all remaining stock. Prada has yet to set a closing date. No word yet on the future of the New York and Milan stores and whether Prada will convert them to other group brands.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty