FASHION SHOW: Should Karen Elson decide to quit the catwalk, she's got a fallback career: cabaret. The redheaded model wowed the crowd with her vocal performance Sunday night at Harper Bazaar's party for CFDA...
FASHION SHOW: Should Karen Elson decide to quit the catwalk, she's got a fallback career: cabaret. The redheaded model wowed the crowd with her vocal performance Sunday night at Harper Bazaar's party for CFDA International Award winner Alber Elbaz at Show near Times Square. "She's amazing," Francisco Costa said. "I had no idea." Mid-performance, Elson and the other female members of the Citizens Band took their show offstage to flirt with Elbaz, who was sitting with Glenda Bailey. Elbaz delightfully humored the girls and the audience with a quick boogie, much to the amusement of Linda Evangelista, Jacqui Getty, Missy Rayder, Tara Subkoff, Julie Gilhart and Robert Burke. But it was the evening's second act, Mother Inc., whom Burke's boss Jim Gold got a real kick out of.
After the shows were over, Elson confirmed she did recently wed Jack White of The White Stripes, but that he didn't give her any tips for the stage. "Nope, it was all on my own," she said.
To prepare for his role in the affair, emcee Alan Cumming brushed up on his Elbaz trivia by Googling him. He found out that the designer "loves chocolate but he doesn't like buttons," he said. Who knew?
ROBINSON, NEE RABANNE: Patrick Robinson sure knows how to pull in a crowd. Wednesday night's Bergdorf Goodman party in honor of the designer and his first collection for Paco Rabanne attracted the likes of Helen and Tim Schifter, Marina Rust, Aerin Lauder, Renee Rockefeller and Jennifer Creel.
"It speaks to Patrick's talent that so many have come out," said Robert Burke, senior vice president of fashion office and public relations at Bergdorf's.
Robinson, who had just flown in for the party with Paco Rabanne managing director Frederick Lukoff, seemed tired, but was clearly elated at being back in New York. "I woke up in Paris this morning. We launched a perfume there last night, and I was at a party until 3 a.m."The party was hosted by Anne Grauso, Sophie Dahl and Lauren du Pont. Grauso and Helen Schifter were busy trying to guess the songs the DJ was putting on. "I think it's Terence Trent D'Arby, but I am just going to ask the DJ," Grauso quipped. Two minutes later, she was back, looking somewhat abashed. "It's Mario. God, I am so uncool."
HOUSEBOUND: For a designer who supposedly retired from fashion four years ago, Kenzo Takada is busier than ever with his new Gokan Kobo label. Hot on the heels of designing an affordable collection for mail-order giant 3 Suisses, Takada has been selected as a guest of honor for the September edition of the Maison & Objet design show, where he plans to showcase his latest designs for the home.
LITTLE NUMBER: It's no secret the fashion faithful have converted to a jeans-and-T-shirt way of life in recent years, but the ladylike frock is born again in the form of the Little Black Dress event, returning to Los Angeles this year. Its premise? Enlist the help of 36 California designers, a diverse list including Billabong, Eduardo Lucero, Grass, Kevan Hall, Single and Sue Wong, and ask them to contribute their version of the classic number to the silent auction fund-raiser. Models will parade the looks in a choreographed moving exhibit. Taking place today at the W Hotel in Westwood, the event, which began two years ago in Los Angeles, is expected to draw 600 attendees, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Heidi Klum, said founder Emmy Cortes. Last year, she held it at Diane von Furstenberg's studio in New York's Meatpacking District. "We wanted to make a leap internationally with the event and plan to expand it to Manchester, England, on Sept. 10," she said. To date, Little Black Dress has raised $100,000 for charities, Cortes said. Proceeds for the Los Angeles event will benefit Stop Cancer, a nonprofit organization committed to funding cancer research and chaired by Sherry Lansing, who recently stepped down as chairman of Paramount Pictures.
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye