FASHION FIRST: No one was more pleased than Bill Blass chief executive officer Michael Groveman to see images of Laura Bush wearing a Bill Blass gown at President Bush's dinner Monday night for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India and his wife, Gursharan Kaur. While visiting the Bill Blass showroom last month, the First Lady hinted to staffers that she planned to wear the gown for a presidential occasion, but did not specify which one.
For the black-tie affair, The First Lady wore a long-sleeve, yellow and orange floral chiffon dress with cascading ruffles, accenting the State Dining Room's saffron-colored silk tablecloths draped with gold overlays. The 134-guest affair was an "official dinner," because Singh is a head of government, not a head of state. The Bush's limited entertaining is said to have more to do with the president's early-to-bed, early-to-rise schedule than with this year's departure of executive chef Walter Scheib III.
During her African tour last week, the First Lady also broke out her Bill Blass, donning a rust-colored suit for one appearance.
POOL PARTY: The red-hot Roosevelt Hotel was the scene of dueling parties Monday night. At one end of the David Hockney-designed pool, Roosevelt owner Jason Pomeranc and his girlfriend, Christian Dior public relations director Ali Wise, hosted a sit-down dinner for about 20 people, including Nicole Richie, Adam Goldstein and Sara Foster. At the other end, Amanda Demme held court with Amy Sacco and Tracey Ross to celebrate Ross' birthday.
Guests at that soiree included Lisa and Eric Eisner, Jacqui Getty, Roman Coppola, Michelle Hicks, Alexandre von Furstenberg, Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer. As the night wore on, the crowd grew and eventually merged, and temporary resident Lindsay Lohan (who occupied the Marilyn Monroe suite) showed up to clear out her bags — all 30 of them — because she just bought a new place in West Hollywood. She won't get to move in just yet; the starlet is busy penning two movie scripts and more song lyrics, and says she doesn't have time for a boyfriend, though her latest girl crush is Natalie Portman, whom she met in New York last week. "She's just the sweetest thing ever," Lohan said.DRESS-UP GAME: PlayStation addicts soon will be able to fire away more fashionably. The electronic games giant, owned by Sony Computer, has tapped 10 fashion designers to up its console's style quotient. Burberry Prorsum, Chanel, Fendi and Miu Miu, among others, will create limited-edition cases for the handheld PlayStation Portable. The designer accoutrements will go on display at Colette in September for one month before going on sale in time for Paris Fashion Week.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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