FIRST GLIMPSE: Reed Krakoff is a man with a vision — and connections. Tonight the Coach president and executive creative director, along with his wife, Delphine Krakoff, will serve as the 75th anniversary chairs of the Whitney Museum's American Art Award, honoring Federated's chairman and chief executive officer Terry Lundgren. Before the black tie dinner — for which Krakoff designed the decor with a montage of images of the iconic Whitney building on giant stretch canvases displayed throughout the room — guests including Martha Stewart and Donald Trump will get a first glimpse at the yet-to-be-opened Le Cirque for cocktails.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES: The lion statues outside the New York Public Library are named Patience and Fortitude, and several guests at Dennis Basso's fashion show Monday proved they have a healthy dollop of both. Liza Minnelli, for one, said she has three major projects at hand — next week she jets off for Berlin and then it's on to Amsterdam for her concert tour. The "Cabaret" star, who tapped her patent leather penny loafers through much of Basso's show, is also writing a yet-to-be-named film with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Minnelli is at work on an album recording the songs and arrangements of her godmother, Kay Thompson. Thompson's "Eloise" children's books were partially inspired by Minnelli's antics while living at the Plaza Hotel. That tribute will be released this fall. Minnelli scoffed at a question asking if she ever gets tired. "Never. I'm very healthy."
Actress Lorraine Bracco said she is heading back to "The Sopranos" in a few weeks, but next month's release of her book "On the Couch" is not an offshoot of her Dr. Melfi shrink character on the hit HBO program. "It's a little bit of everything," she said.
Another newcomer to the book club will be columnist Bob Morris, who is trying to figure out what ever happened to fine etiquette. The scribesman plans to spell out some of his own faux pas in this post-Emily Post era — whether that be screwing up his brother's wedding by wheeling out the cake too soon or his inability to get along with his three-year-old niece. Morris is still toying with a title, but "Mister Rogers Is Dead" is in the running.While Denise Rich showed off her mammoth Jacob the Jeweler diamond watch, others in the crowd like Cece Chord, Marjorie Raien, Janice Combs and Star Jones Reynolds caught up with friends. Reynolds' niceties only went so far. Asked about the state of affairs on "The View" in light of the recent shuffle of co-hosts, Reynolds said, "I'm not interested in talking about the show." End of story.
MOVES AT PUIG: Puig is rearranging its public relations. Kimberly Flaster has stepped down as vice president of communications for Puig North America. Next month Marta Sanz relocates to New York from Paris in her new role as vice president of global communications for Puig's fashion division, overseeing the Carolina Herrera, CH, Nina Ricci and Paco Rabanne businesses. Most recently, she was director of international communications for the fashion division. Phoebe Gubelmann, who worked for Herrera six years ago, has rejoined the company as director of communications for Carolina Herrera and CH.
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