BUSH'S 21 AT 21: Elite model Lauren Bush and all her lovely friends will celebrate her 21st birthday Friday at the 21 Club. Her beau David Lauren and pals Amanda and Gillian Hearst are expected to help Bush toast her legal drinking age status. Things shouldn't get too out of hand, though — Bush's mother, Sharon, and her alleged companion Gerald Tsai are also expected to share in the festivities.
EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Speculation has it that the restaurant at the Four Seasons hotel in Manhattan is poised to welcome France's most celebrated chef, Joel Robuchon, later this year. While the restaurant declined to confirm any deal, Robuchon's latest move is widely considered a fait accompli in Paris. American expansion is certainly on his menu. In September, a Robuchon outpost is slated to bow at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Robuchon, who collaborated with Pierre Yves Rochon on all his eateries, is said to have entrusted the French designer again for the Four Season's makeover, with a rumored assist from I.M. Pei.
SURF SHACK: Designer Tracy Feith has closed his tony East Hampton shop in favor of a tiny beachside bungalow cottage on the quieter stretch of Montauk Highway. "Girls can come in and shop straight from the beach in their bikinis and flip-flops," said Feith of the casual environ. Of course, it also might be a matter of convenience for the avid surfer, who now can just pop across the street to survey the waves. There are even surfboards on hand in case a big one rolls in.
MI CASA SU CASA: A toast is never complete without a trace of a roast, as was proved by Jonathan Tisch when he raised a glass to his parents Bob and Joan at Armani Casa. The couple was honored for their longtime support of the Gay Men's Health Crisis Partner. Their son recalled his mother's generosity while volunteering at the group's office decades back. Well aware of the distress caused by a broken copy machine, Tisch, who was only known as "Joan," wrote a $275 check on the spot for a new one.Darren Star, another guest, didn't have to worry about checks when dining in the Big Apple with Anthony Bourdain. Chalk it up to research. Star is producing the Food network program based on Bourdain's tell-all book "Kitchen Confidential," which debuts in September. Star is counting on Jaime King, who plays a hostess, to ratchet up the fashion quota. "In New York, people go to restaurants to be seen as much as to eat," Star said.
Phil Donahue, host of the Giorgio Armani and GQ event, didn't mind throwing his weight around. Asked what he would change on tv today, the former talk show host said, "I would hope that we could get away from this food fight ... and stop calling dissent anti-America. We can't have democracy if we don't have dissent."
CHOO IN: Seems as though supermodels still rule in Hollywood fashion circles. Even the promise of a smooch from Paris Hilton couldn't entice bidders at Wednesday night's Four Inches auction, sponsored by Jimmy Choo and Cartier, to empty their pocketbooks for the Elton John AIDS foundation. A pair of Elle Macpherson photographs by Ellen Von Unwerth went for $76,000, and a shot of Kate Moss by Sam Taylor Wood went for $57,000. Neither model was present, though Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter and Minnie Driver were on hand to shill their nude portraits. Jimmy Choo president Tamara Mellon admitted she conceived the idea because she was bored with black-tie benefits and because she's an avid collector of coffee table books. "I thought I might like to have my own book to add to my collection," she said.
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye