LEG MAN: Zac Posen had fashion followers in a tizzy when he sent models down the runway last February wearing Wolford knit tights with openwork Swarovski crystal appliqués of his own design. Due to popular demand, Wolford has collaborated with the designer to produce the tights. Dubbed Imperial Legs, the tony tights come in either black or gray and are enclosed in an oval-shaped box designed by Posen. Photographer Sante D'Orazio shot Posen posse member and actress Paz de la Huerta in a striking pose to coincide with the legwear launch. A limited run of 99 pairs will be available, for a mere $500 each, at Wolford boutiques worldwide and Bergdorf Goodman starting in September.
HOLDING COURT: The tennis events just kept coming last week, leaving many to wonder how the players had any time to practice for the U.S. Open, which kicked off Monday. On Friday night, female players such as Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Mary Pierce and the Williams sisters, along with other assorted glitterati, descended on New York's Metropolitan Pavilion for the second annual Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and Tennis Channel "Glam Slam" event. Among the celebs who came out were actors Taye Diggs and Anthony Rapp, both of whom are starring in the upcoming film "Rent," based on the Broadway musical, as well as Emily Mortimer, who is featured in Woody Allen's new tennis flick, "Match Point"; singer Brandy Norwood, aka Moeshe, and the Gastineau girls. Prior to the event, some players prepped for the bash at the Parker Meridien with the help of Stila Cosmetics, Bill Blass and Kwiat, and in a nod to the Open's new blue courts, the traditional red carpet was replaced with one in a bold blue hue. Participants at the pre-party also walked away with a goodie bag containing $2,000 worth of freebies.
DOG WALK: Maybe it's his recent deal with The Estée Lauder Cos. or nostalgia for fashion weeks gone by, but Tom Ford appears to be spending more time in New York these days. And just how does he pass a muggy August day in the Big Apple? By walking his adorable Jack Russell terrier around town just a few blocks from Madison Avenue's Gucci boutique, as he did early Tuesday morning. Even walking the dog, though, Ford remained Ford — he was decked out in a sleek, dark suit, white shirt unbuttoned to you-know-where and aviator shades, with his trademark five o'clock shadow scruff in all its full glory.
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