MURPHY’S LAIR: Art usually imitates life, but at Henri Bendel it’s the other way around — at least this week. On Thursday morning, actress Brittany Murphy is stopping by the store to promote her film, “Uptown...
MURPHY’S LAIR: Art usually imitates life, but at Henri Bendel it’s the other way around — at least this week. On Thursday morning, actress Brittany Murphy is stopping by the store to promote her film, “Uptown Girls,” and the store’s tie-in window. In the flick, the diminutive Murphy plays an heiress who loses her fortune and while down on her luck takes a job in Bendel’s imaginary home department. While they were shooting scenes at the store in the middle of the night, the inexhaustible Murphy asked if she could do some shopping — and, of course, Bendel’s obliged, giving new meaning to the term nightcap.
THE DREAM TEAM: Following earlier word that Donna Karan will be the headline honoree at the Fashion Group International’s 20th anniversary Night of Stars on Oct. 30, the organization has lined up a veritable constellation of other award winners. Dolce & Gabbana, Philip Treacy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten are among the designers being honored this year, and all are expected to attend the event at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Also being honored, under the theme of “Dreamweavers: Those Who Inspire,” are architect Calvin Tsao, MAC president John Demsey and Stanislas de Quercize, president and chief executive officer of Cartier in the U.S.
LILLIAN DOES WAL-MART: Hometown Threads LLC, a franchiser with in-store shops located predominantly in Wal-Mart SuperCenters, signed an agreement with the Lillian Vernon Corp. to bring the company’s products, which include embroidered tote bags, sports bags, bath towels, traveling bags for girls and heart-shaped pillows, to the world’s largest retailer. David Hochberg, spokesman for Lillian Vernon, which was founded by his mother, could barely contain his excitement about getting the company’s foot in the Wal-Mart door. “It’s a small test, but a very exciting test,” he said of the agreement, which places Vernon’s merchandise in Hometown shops in 18 Wal-Mart units.
“The potential is tremendous for our company,” Hochberg said. “We’re hopeful that this will build into a more extensive relationship. Hometown Threads already has a strong relationship with Wal-Mart so it made sense for us to use the inroads they already had.”Hochberg said there will be more licensing news from Lillian Vernon Corp., in the near future, but declined to be more specific.
Hometown president Howard Arnberg said the company, which custom embroiders caps, shirts, pillows and towels, approached Lillian Vernon after customers began asking for Vernon products.
LE LUNCH HOUR: The Saks Fifth Avenue flagship was literally rockin’ Tuesday afternoon during a “Le Divorce” promotion in the contemporary department on the fifth floor. As aBlink 102.7 DJ blasted music throughout the department, more than 60 women lined up to receive free Chanel makeovers. The first 100 people who arrived at noon received Chanel lipsticks, a “Le Divorce” keychain and magnet, and a 10 percent coupon off the Oasis Spa. The promotion also included a contest for prizes such as $100 electronic giftcards, Joie apparel and tickets to Aida, and featured a big drawing on Saks.com for a grand prize trip for two to Paris. And if the music was giving customers a headache, there were chairs strategically placed all over the selling floor for free back massages.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye