BENDEL’S GIRLS: Actresses Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning were clearly channeling Kay Thompson’s “Think Pink” adage at Henri Bendel on Thursday. The uptown girls both turned up in candied pink — although Murphy’s was Moschino and Fanning’s was Oilily — and posed for paparazzi pics while unveiling the Bendel’s “Uptown Girls” window marking Murphy’s and Fanning’s new film. “We didn’t plan it, but this is the fourth time we’ve shown up for something wearing the same color,” the in-sync stars declared in unison.
The chummy actresses chatted about beauty products and fashion (Murphy plays a Bendel’s shopgirl in the movie), and the nine-year-old Fanning even slipped off her fuchsia clogs to show off her pink and white polkadotted pedicure. Goes to show that fashion savviness starts young.
COUTURE COCA-COLA: Matthew Williamson has just created a limited-edition Coca-Cola bottle, in what is a first for the designer and for the bubbly brand. Williamson, who was approached by Coca-Cola, has wrapped the bottle in plastic that’s been printed with a multicolored parrot perched on a mauve palm tree. Williamson used his signature palette of hot pinks and yellows for the background. The designer’s signature is emblazoned across the center of the bottle under the Coca-Cola logo. The bottles will be available at Williamson’s runway show in New York in early September. In the U.K., Selfridges has the exclusive to sell the bottles in its food halls in the London, Manchester and Birmingham stores.
BRIDE NO. 1: The first of the “Sex and the City” girls is getting married off on Sunday night’s episode, and naturally, she’s wearing designer. Charlotte, as played by Kristin Davis, will wear head-to-toe Badgley Mischka: a silk organza off-the-shoulder beaded gown with ruffle details, worth $8,000, a custom-made sheer organza circle veil with crystal and pearl details on the back trim and satin, open-toe platform shoes. And yes, even though it’s her second wedding, Charlotte’s wearing white.
Meanwhile, Davis will have some competition from Sarah Jessica Parker, who will be wearing an Alexander McQueen dress during the episode. It’s a purple version of the silver-and-white stunner he showed during the fall collections, and was made especially for Parker.
TIME FOR A TRADE IN?: It was once General Motors Fashion Week and now it’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but next year, New York’s showcase for runway shows might have another name.
Reports surfaced again this week that Mercedes might not renew its role as title sponsor of 7th on Sixth’s production at Bryant Park after the deal expires at the end of this year. A spokesman for Mercedes said it was too early in the process to comment.
“We are completely focused on celebrating another exciting and successful Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” added a spokeswoman for the event, scheduled Sept. 12-19. “Their sponsorship continues through the end of 2003 and we are currently in discussions about the future.”
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