Fashion Scoops: Avedon on Avedon … Let’s Dance … W Dresses Up …
AVEDON ON AVEDON: Most of the Sunday afternoon crowd taking in "Portraits by Richard Avedon" was too busy checking out the portraits on the walls to notice the unassuming man with snowy hair and wide-rimmed glasses. But the man in question was none...
AVEDON ON AVEDON: Most of the Sunday afternoon crowd taking in "Portraits by Richard Avedon" was too busy checking out the portraits on the walls to notice the unassuming man with snowy hair and wide-rimmed glasses. But the man in question was none other than the celebrated photographer.
Avedon said he likes watching people enjoy his work, and wanted to swing by the Metropolitan Museum of Art again before the show closes Jan. 5. What he doesn’t catch, unfortunately, is their comments.
"I try, but I can’t hear them. When I sort of lean in, they seem to stop talking," he laughed.
Knowing droves have been pouring into the Met to check out the likes of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Andy Warhol, and Dorothy Parker,among the 180 portraits, Avedon said, "We’re coming out of a period of abstract expressionism in art and the response to this show — which has been tremendous — is that we’re seeing people again."
Asked if he had any personal favorites, the lensman shook his head, smiling, "Oh, no." But he was overheard telling a couple about the sequence of portraits taken of his father, Jacob Israel Avedon, before his death in 1973. "I wasn’t close to my father and I wanted to be [close to him] for my son."
LET’S DANCE: Paris’ social and fashion set will be winging their way to Monaco next month to check out Karl Lagerfeld’s latest design for Chanel. But it isn’t a dress, a suit or a sweater. The industry’s ultimate multitasker is creating the set for the Nijinsky Awards, the Oscars of dance. The Dec. 14 event is hosted by Jeanne Moreau, with Princess Caroline of Hanover, honorary president of Monaco Dance Forum, as the star guest.
W DRESSES UP: W Hotels wants guests to take home more than a stolen bathrobe. The chain is revving up its W The Store business by opening more boutiques, dressing up its catalog and launching an online shop. A 36-page holiday book showcasing 200 products is being placed in 7,000 W rooms daily and 120,000 more are being mailed. An Isadora Story cashmere sweater, Leigh Bantivoglio lace camisole and thong and yes, the signature robe, are among the hot holiday items."There’s sex appeal for sure," said Theresa Fatino, vice president of design and brand development.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide has tapped Platform LLC, the creative force behind the trendy W store in its Times Square hotel, to revamp its two units in Chicago and to design three new stores. Their work will be seen next month, with the reopenings of the Chicago stores, where merchandise will be tailored for each location. W fans can also now shop online at Whotelsthestore.com. Besides apparel and accessories, hard-to-find items are offered, like a Phillipe Starck swivel chair and Commes des Garçons condom case.
MOM’S THE WORD: TV Guide contributing editor Diane Clehane is editing a collection of essays on the subject of celebrities’ relationships with their mothers, to be published by Hyperion in May, with Kelly Ripa expected to write a forward and appear as a cover model. Among the fashion folk included in "I Love You, Mom!" are designer Dana Buchman and plus-size model Emme, as well as a yet-undisclosed roster of other famous personalities.
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