IVANA VISIT: Celine creative director Ivana Omazic made a pit stop in New York on Tuesday, when she was celebrated with a dinner in the library of the restaurant Buddakan. Jennifer Creel, Summer Tompkins, Lauren Davis, Mary Alice Stephenson, Ann Caruso, Milly de Cabrol and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, as well as many magazine editors, came out to greet the Paris-based designer, who admitted that her New York trip was just a tad too short. "There are so many exhibits, but I won't have time," Omazic lamented. "I have to go back. I have a lot of work to do."
DRIVING MISS CHARLOTTE: Designer Charlotte Ronson couldn't ever leave her eponymous clothing business and roots in New York to move to Los Angeles, even though her beloved twin, Samantha, lives in the City of Angels. Now that Charlotte is taking driving lessons in Manhattan, however, she might visit the car-obsessed West Coast more often. "I'm not comfortable looking in the mirror," Charlotte said of her drives on Riverdale Avenue, the West Side Highway and other thoroughfares slicing the Big Apple. But the effort is worth it. "I want to listen to the music I like [in the car]," she said.
The tunes played at the cocktail party last week for Charlotte at a private Mod-Mediterranean home in the Hollywood Hills — hosted by Nicole Richie, Kidada Jones and Samantha Ronson — seemed fit for a girly slumber party. The Eighties hit "All Night Long" by Nicole's father, Lionel, blasted from the speakers as guests nibbled on Nutella and peanut butter sandwiches and pink-frosted cupcakes. Samantha had the night off from her DJing gig, but on the following night, she took command of the turntables at jeans label Rock & Republic's bash at the nightclub Area in West Hollywood.
RINASCENTE'S REBIRTH: Milan department store La Rinascente threw a large party last week to fete its newly revamped beauty and accessories floors — the first fruits of chief executive officer Vittorio Radice's sweeping turnaround and upgrade of the retailer. Guests, including Ermenegildo Zegna chief Gildo Zegna, Alberta Ferretti, Valentino chairman Matteo Marzotto and Vittorio Missoni, observed the newly stocked shelves of Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi handbags as others buzzed about the cosmetics counter on the ground floor. Many a "finalmente" and "che bello" was uttered. "This is a very small step, there's still a lot to do," Radice said before Japanese group Tao began a drum-beating performance that reverberated throughout the store's first two levels.Louis Vuitton's Yves Carcelle stopped by to fete the large, two-tier Vuitton corner smack in the middle of Rinascente's ground floor between the two escalators. "Milan is one of the only cosmopolitan cities that didn't have a high-end department store," said Carcelle, who knows Radice well from the Italian executive's tenure at Selfridges in London. "Milan deserves this kind of store."
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia