THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!: Tonight, anyone who thinks they're anyone in Manhattan will actually be rushing to get off the island, not stay within its carefully circumscribed boundaries of cool. Instead, Liberty Island will be where it's at, as Natalia Vodianova and Helena Christensen host the launch of the Russian Imperia Vodka at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Guests, who are expected to include Scarlett Johansson; her squeeze, Josh Hartnett; Elijah Wood, and the usual gaggle of New York socials, are being ferried over to the island, where Imperia Vodka owner Roustam Tarik is making his first foray into New York City by hiring Duran Duran to play, shooting off fireworks and, presumably, proffering rivers of vodka. Not bad for a first impression.
RING FLING: Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa tore himself away from designing his upcoming spring collection last week and stopped by a cocktail party for the Henry Street Development Organization. But he still had his show on Sept. 15 in mind. "Spring is like a renovation," said the designer. As for the clothes, "I feel for structure and volume. I think people are feeling more grown-up. Quality and all those things are really important today because women are very independent. It's much more of an American aesthetic. Chic, simple, unfussy, but very well-groomed.
"It's a great blend of me and Calvin," he continued. "I'm excited to take it to the next level." But then he admitted, "It's hard for me to be objective."
KORS JETS OUT: Seventh Avenue stress levels may be heightened this week in anticipation of the shows, but Michael Kors seems to take the pressure like a pro. On Friday, just five days before his Sept. 14 show, Kors will leisurely be jetting out to Toronto to be a special guest at a black-tie dinner hosted by Galen Weston, who controls Holt Renfrew, and his wife, Hillary. The dinner, organized for the store's best customers, will take place at Holt Renfrew's Bloor Street flagship, and guests are expected to include Elle Macpherson. "I don't only promote the jet-set life, I live the jet-set life," Kors quipped on Tuesday. "What better way to spend Friday night but in Toronto for dinner with Galen and Hillary, but I'll be back in my studio by 9 a.m. on Saturday."EVER THE ENTERPRISER: Zac Posen, the designer who has intrigued the dichotomous likes of Diddy and luxury hosiery maker Wolford, can add the venerable watchmaker Audemars Piguet to his list of corporate fans. Posen will send all the models down the runway Sept. 15 wearing a watch from the brand — though he won't reveal which one until the show.
"We wanted to partner with a designer who understands how women want to feel," said Alice Rolley, director of marketing for Audemars Piguet, who added the company is going after the women's market in a big way.
In April, the watch company partnered with Jay-Z to create the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Jay-Z 10th anniversary limited-edition series watches — and who knows? Perhaps a Posen pendulum will be on the way in due time.
PHONE TAG: Where do PYTs put their cell phones when an evening clutch just won't do? Designer Roland Mouret has a proposed chic answer: The designer has collaborated with Motorola on a belt with two pockets to fit the company's new titanium PEBL V6 phone, whose modern, oval-shaped design is being targeted to a fashion-savvy crowd. The limited-edition belt, which comes in black, green or stone leather, will make its official debut at Mouret's runway show on Tuesday but will not be for sale. The phone will become available to the public later this year.
“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