Fashion Scoops: Grad Advice … Chambers Made … Fancy Feet
GRAD ADVICE: "Do the work in front of you -- you don't want to be the one focused on sample sales and parties." That was Atoosa Rubenstein's commencement advice to 75 graduates from the fashion business college Laboratory Institute of Merchandising...
GRAD ADVICE: "Do the work in front of you--you don't want to be the one focused on sample sales and parties." That was Atoosa Rubenstein's commencement advice to 75 graduates from the fashion business college Laboratory Institute of Merchandising last week. TheCosmoGIRL! magazine editor in chief said avoiding the cliched "you-can-do-it" speech was a priority while addressing the students, who earned either a bachelor's degree in business administration or professional studies or an associate's degree in applied science. The ceremony was held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York."A lot of commencement speakers come out with quotes that make them sound profound," Rubenstein said. "But for me, it was, `Listen, I was in your shoes only nine years ago,' though I should have said `Manolo Blahniks' for that crowd."CHAMBERS MADE: As a way to court the fashion crowd, the Chambers Hotel footed the bill for all those blood orange cosmopolitans and new potato and caviar hors d'oeuvres at Wednesday night's party for the RJM Group, a troupe of 10 designers. About 150 people poured into RJM's suite and onto the patio, and by Thursday morning, "the phones were ringing off the wall" with prospective clients, said Suzanne Corbo, director of sales and marketing for the Chambers. Founded in February, RJM is using the West 56th Street boutique hotel as its base camp this month and will be back in August.FANCY FEET: How comfortable are France's Arche ergonomic shoes? Apparently, so much so that the brand has drawn a sizable following for its nubuck and hevea rubber-soled styles among the ballet set. So to unveil its spring collection on Sunday at City Center Studios, the company has replaced pedestrian feet with professional models--those of New York City Ballet stars Damian Woetzel, Jock Soto and Jenifer Ringer.
@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