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."
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