OSCAR CRUNCH: Get ready for a real fashion crunch — the Oscars are moving up a month to Feb. 29, 2004, and late February 2005, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis announced late Wednesday. It’s a...
OSCAR CRUNCH: Get ready for a real fashion crunch — the Oscars are moving up a month to Feb. 29, 2004, and late February 2005, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences executive director Bruce Davis announced late Wednesday. It’s a two-year experiment. That’s smack in the midst of the European ready-to-wear collections, which might cause major dress jockeying among designers, stylists and actresses. With the Oscars’ earlier date, designers will have to decide whether or not to save their new gowns for the runway, or preview them on the all-important red carpet. It’s doubtful that fashion savvy actresses and their stylists will settle for wearing the current season’s clothes.
NEWS BLACKOUT: George and Laura Bush’s second state dinner Wednesday night for Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and his wife, Jolanta, offered a chance to show off the Bush entertaining style in a home where the President lays down the dinner rules. Word is that President Bush does not have fond memories of his days as a presidential son in his father’s White House, fending off unwanted interactions with roving social reporters. Months before anyone had a reason to blame media blackouts on heightened security, Bush quietly banned the social press from mingling with his guests at official dinner parties, thereby ending a 50-year tradition of giving reporters a chance to talk with dinner guests. Perhaps to soften the blow, the First Lady met with reporters earlier in the day to talk about the dinner, raving about the new Oscar de la Renta gown she planned to wear. As for the party itself, she said, "I think we’ll probably dance at least one dance, maybe just one."
When the big night finally came, reporters were quarantined behind ropes as guests like Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder; Henry and Nancy Kissinger; Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, and former Secretary of State George Shultz and his wife, Charlotte, paraded through the Booksellers Room en route upstairs. As guests ran the gauntlet, one reporter noticed bare rafters showing through the ceiling, surrounded by crumbling plaster. When Noelia Rodriguez, the First Lady’s Press Secretary, was asked about the cause of the leak, she chalked the eyesore up to an ongoing White House renovation project, and laughed, "I though you were asking about a news leak to the media."
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye