I’M A BARBIE GIRL: Cynthia Rowley brought her daughters Kit and six-week old Gigi to FAO Schwarz Wednesday night for the signing of her new Barbie doll. “My life has come full circle,” Rowley said. “I’ve loved Barbie since I was a little girl.” To the little girls who were seemingly everywhere at the event, Rowley couldn’t hold a candle to Barbie, candy and a fancy party. One kept tugging on Rowley’s skirt saying, “Hey, Kit’s mom, when’s the party?” To which a bubbly Rowley answered, “You’re at it!” Before making her entrance to FAO’s doll menagerie, Rowley and her posse (including boyfriend, nanny, a real-life Barbie, and Alan Cumming) posed her children on the store’s enormous stuffed animals for a private photo-op. Clingers to youth and fashion fear not, Barbie’s white leather tote is being made in an adult version by Cynthia Rowley’s handbag licensor Franchi.
PLUS-SIZE PARADE: It’s not unusual to find celebrities dotting fashion shows, but it is extraordinary to find them lighting up a presentation of plus-size fashion, as they will today when designer Abby Zeichner presents the spring collection of her eight-month-old Abby Z brand at Lord & Taylor. Model Khalia Ali, daughter of Muhammed Ali; author-comedienne Wendy Shanker, and Emme, among others, are slated to appear at Zeichner’s show. The event will be staged on the ninth floor of Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship, where the store’s plus-size lines typically draw a 35-and-older, career-oriented customer, said LaVelle Olexa, Lord & Taylor’s senior vice president of fashion merchandising.
In its short life, Abby Z has been donned by such plus-size celebrities as Queen Latifah, Star Jones, Carnie Wilson and Jill Scott, Zeichner said, noting the collection is also carried at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, and has just been picked up by Dillard’s. It has been dropped by Saks Fifth Avenue, where it debuted in July.Those making a purchase at today’s show will be showered with gift bags valued at $200, including Nars makeup brushes, and copies of Shanker’s “The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life,” and Emme’s “Life’s Little Emergencies.” As for her own coffers, Zeichner, daughter of Charlotte Russe chairman Bernard Zeichner, put her sales of Abby Z at about $2 million thus far and projected they’ll hit $12 million this year.
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