BEHNAZ BY THE BAY: Behnaz Sarafpour hadn’t been to San Francisco in a long time, but Saks Fifth Avenue and Vanessa Getty managed to lure her out West. On Wednesday, the San Francisco socialite teamed up with the retailer to host a trunk show of Sarafpour’s holiday collection. More than 60 women shopped the two-hour event, with the most popular items including a hand-sequined tank top for $1,665 retail, a duchesse satin trumpet skirt for $450 and Sarafpour’s “Lace Heart” silk crepe de chine dress for $1,310. Five percent of sales were donated to Getty’s charity, San Francisco Bay Humane Friends.
Getty returned the favor and threw a dinner in honor of Sarafpour at San Francisco hot spot A16 that night. “She had such an eclectic group, from the district attorney of San Francisco to the best plastic surgeon in town to a polo player,” said Sarafpour, who spent much of the evening talking with Vanessa Carlton and Stephan Jenkins, Carlton’s boyfriend and the lead singer of Third Eye Blind.
“I love San Francisco,” Sarafpour gushed. “I woke up in my hotel with cable cars ringing outside the window — the classic San Francisco sound.”
CLASS REUNION: The legendary, London-based Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts is celebrating its centenary with a coffee-table book and an accompanying portrait show at the Getty Images Gallery, which opened this week. The show, called “Off Stage,” runs until Aug. 20 and features portraits of 100 famous former students, including Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Joan Collins, Roger Moore, Imelda Staunton and Alan Rickman. Photographer Cambridge Jones shot the photos, which will become part of a permanent show at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank later this month. The book, also called “Off Stage,” is published by Dewi Lewis Publishing.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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