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BELLES OF THE BALL: Is Presidential niece Lauren Bush now a designer? She plans to accompany Tommy Hilfiger to the CFDA Awards tonight, but she won't be wearing one of his designs. Bush, who appears exclusively in Hilfiger's ad campaigns, came up with...
BELLES OF THE BALL: Is Presidential niece Lauren Bush now a designer? She plans to accompany Tommy Hilfiger to the CFDA Awards tonight, but she won't be wearing one of his designs. Bush, who appears exclusively in Hilfiger's ad campaigns, came up with her own dress, sketched it herself and asked Hilfiger to sew it up for her. The pale green and blue toga features flowy layers of silk chiffon that will wrap tightly around her torso, down to her hips and cascade into a solid skirt with one long slit for the appropriate leg action. Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz will accompany Ralph Lauren, and Nicole Kidman is coming with Karl Lagerfeld. However, the CFDA would like to clarify that Josh Hartnett, who still isn't coming, was never asked to present the Men's Designer of the Year award.PARTY PEOPLE: The awards ceremony might be a lot smaller, but the celebration is lasting much longer. Honorees at this year's CFDA Awards are throwing four days of events to acknowledge their achievements, and also to give some of their friends a chance to get in on the party action, since they can't get into the big event tonight.The festivities were expected to start Sunday night with a kickoff cocktail party and dinner for Bloomingdale's fashion director Kal Ruttenstein at 60 Thompson. Then, after tonight's awards, winners Karl Lagerfeld, Hedi Slimane and Stephen Gan are throwing a more intimate, late-night party on Madison Street in Chinatown billed as "Cafe Society," where the trio are expected to perform bartender duties and Linda Evangelista and Amber Valetta will be DJs. Tips will go to charity. On Tuesday, Lagerfeld will be feted with a luncheon by Interview editor in chief Ingrid Sischy and a dinner by Oscar and Annette de la Renta.For those still standing on Wednesday, Cornelia Guest will wrap things up with a party for her mother, Fashion Icon Award winner C.Z. Guest.WEIGHT-LISTED: Those eager to get that "Lagerfeld-lite" look will have to be patient. Karl Lagerfeld, who spectacularly shed more than 90 pounds in 11 months, said he won't release his eagerly awaited diet book "3D" until fall. The designer had expected the 250-page soft-cover tome to come out this spring in French, English and other languages, but the translations need additional tweaking. Besides, Lagerfeld relishes the fact that he will have maintained his asparagus-thin silhouette for a year by autumn, giving his rigorous regime more credibility. "Often when people write diet books," he said, "by the time it comes out, they're fat again."STYLE DOWNLOAD: Photographer Nick Knight and designer Yohji Yamamoto are putting a new stitch in the Internet. Yamamoto created a garment pattern that, starting June 5, can be downloaded free from Knight's multimedia site Showstudio.com. Yamamoto also offers instructions on how to assemble the long-sleeved top adapted from his diffusion line, Y's Yohji Yamamoto. "The fabric should be some kind of wool," he councils. Knight photographed a finished garment to suggest how it could be assembled. He plans to invite participants to e-mail photos of their creations and post them on the site.NEW IN THE SADDLE AT POLO: Polo wants to dress celebrities and other high-profile clients on the East Coast, so it has tapped Edward O'Sullivan as director of public relations and client services. He was director of client services for Yves Saint Laurent, where he has clothed the likes of Sting, Bono, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman and Christy Turlington (who made a big splash wearing YSL to the Costume Institute gala last year).Crystal Moffett-Lourd continues as a consultant to Polo in Los Angeles.O'Sullivan, based in New York, reports to Michel Botbol, vice president and creative director of global fashion communications, and Jim Hardy, senior vice president of flagships.HUSSEIN MAN: Hussein Chalayan will unveil his first men's wear collection next month in Paris -- and boy does it sound complicated. The 35-piece collection is called "Absence and Presence" and will include formal, casual and sportswear. According to a statement from the company, the collection will apply Chalayan's Airmail concept. "Chalayan proposes that clothing carry the remnants of packaging and the action of its removal." The collection will be produced by the Italian manufacturer Gibo, and be priced around $280 to $400 for a suit. A source close to Chalayan, however, insists that the collection is not as strange as it sounds. "At the end of the day he's selling clothes. This collection is 100 percent Chalayan -- but far simpler than his women's collection."
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