Fashion Scoops: Toga Party … Matthew’s Memories … Foot Fetish
TOGA PARTY: After bowing out of the gala-show hoopla this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning a dramatic return of its Costume Institute Gala on April 28, 2003, with a title sponsor already in place. Gucci has signed on to host the "Party...
TOGA PARTY: After bowing out of the gala-show hoopla this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning a dramatic return of its Costume Institute Gala on April 28, 2003, with a title sponsor already in place. Gucci has signed on to host the "Party of the Year" and the Met’s upcoming "Goddess" exhibit, which explores how classical dress has inspired and influenced art and fashion throughout the ages.
"Classical revivals in dress are a mainstay not only of contemporary fashion, but are also found throughout costume history," said Harold Koda, curator of the Costume Institute. "We’re going to track the Greco-Roman authority back through the Empire, Rococo and Baroque periods." The exhibit will even take a look at Hollywood’s representation of the classical past, as seen in Isadora Duncan’s dance performances for "Medea" and "Gladiator."
MATTHEW’S MEMORIES: Matthew Williamson is planning to look back on his career as a fashion designer — all five years of it — in a retrospective scheduled to take place in London. The designer has asked Rankin to photograph friends, including Jade Jagger, Trudie Styler, Helena Christensen, Sophie Dahl and Claudia Schiffer, in looks from his past 10 seasons. The photographic exhibition will take place in September during London Fashion Week in a venue that’s still to be decided, and plans are in the works to take it to other fashion cities. A spokeswoman said Williamson is entirely serious about the flashback after such a brief period in business — and there’s no irony intended. "He really wanted to document the past five years of his career, and thank his friends — like Jade, Helena and Trudie — who’ve stuck with him since the beginning," she said.
FOOT FETISH: Gilles Bensimon’s fall boots and sandals story in the August issue of Elle has raised several eyebrows with images of a woman kissing another’s red lacquered nails or another in an Alexander McQueen corset on all fours, rump to the camera. But one of the less salacious images of a Christian Louboutin satin mule on page 152, shown as a still life of the shoe propped against a photograph of a woman wearing them, holds a more subtle mystery. Turns out the model in question is Diane Von Furstenberg, a close pal and frequent collaborator of the footwear designer, although her stems are not credited in the caption."I thought it looked better with no text," said Bensimon, publication director of Elle. "The idea was to have Diane’s legs, because, I thought, if her legs could talk, they would have a lot to say."
“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