Fashion Scoops: Crowd Pleasers … Book of the Month … Fendi’s Soft Cell
CROWD PLEASERS: An array of newsmakers was on hand to check out Serena Williams’ abbreviated catsuit at Monday’s opening night match at the U.S. Open. Spike Lee, Caroline Rhea, Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Williams, her husband Rick Fox, Robin...
CROWD PLEASERS: An array of newsmakers was on hand to check out Serena Williams’ abbreviated catsuit at Monday’s opening night match at the U.S. Open. Spike Lee, Caroline Rhea, Liev Schreiber, Vanessa Williams, her husband Rick Fox, Robin Givens, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former mayor David Dinkins, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly were there for the 21-year-old’s showdown with Corina Morariu. Bruce Springsteen nixed a surprise visit at the last minute, leaving Tony Bennett and Queen Latifah to entertain the crowd.
Williams kept things jumping, and warmed up in her bodyhugging number with a black leather jacket and pink sneakers — all compliments of her sponsor Puma. She crowned her braided blonde hair with crystals.
Commentator Tracy Austin called the shots for the USA Network in a decidedly more conservative look. Her tangerine suit was one of 17 designed by George Simonton for the event’s coverage. When they met for the first time Monday night, he told her she could keep three outfits. Her reply? "Armani gave me 10," referring to the Italian designer’s generosity when he outfitted her a few years back.
BOOK OF THE MONTH: First there was Andrew Morton’s Diana tome and now no one in London can resist commenting on Ken Wharfe’s just-released book on the late princess Diana — not even the Queen. Newspapers in London are reporting that Queen Elizabeth is "deeply concerned" and "very perturbed" about the effect the book, "Diana: Closely Guarded Secret," will have on Prince William and Prince Harry. The papers said Prince Charles and the Queen talked about the book’s implications several times over the weekend, and Charles is currently trying to block the book’s serialization in The Sunday Times of London. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman declined to comment. The book, written by one of Diana’s former bodyguards, gives details of the late princess’ love affairs, her mood swings and her late-night, holiday trysts while her young sons lay sleeping. Wharfe is currently on tour in the U.S. promoting the book, which is published by Michael O’Mara Books.
FENDI’S SOFT CELL: Fendi is no stranger to the movie world, having provided wardrobes over the years for such iconic film directors as Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini, as well as a fur donned by Gwyneth Paltrow in "The Royal Tenenbaums." But now he’s moving into modern accessories — at the Venice Film Festival next month, the designer will offer over 1,000 cell phone cases to celebrities attending the international competition. The transparent, plastic case will sport the double-F logo on the strap.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty