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.
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge