WEDDING SURPRISE: Terry Lundgren completed another merger over the weekend, and practically no one knew it was in the works. The chairman, president and chief executive of Federated Department Stores invited about 200 family members, Federated executives and friends, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kenneth Cole, Donald Trump and Vera Wang to the Frick Museum on Saturday for what he told everyone would be his engagement party with fiancée Tina Stephan. Around 8 p.m., Lundgren's two daughters, Jessica and Tracey, introduced a video to the audience and that's when the surprise broke. Lundgren appeared with his wife in a bridal gown and announced he had gotten married that afternoon. The couple then appeared to celebrate with their guests.
Earlier that day, Lundgren staged a preparty for 20 at his apartment, and had a bus waiting outside to shuttle them to the Our Lady of Good Counsel church on the Upper East Side. "They were in shock," Lundgren said. "We kept it very tight."
Lundgren also said he and Wang designed his wife's gown, and he kept his wife blindfolded through all the fittings. "Vera said it was the first time the groom saw a bridal gown before the bride," Lundgren said.
CLOTHES CALL: Although a self-professed Dior Homme addict, guess what Karl Lagerfeld is wearing these days? The Karl Lagerfeld label. "It's fun to wear something else. The clothes are modern; they have the right touch," he said about his forthcoming lower-priced contemporary label, a new venture under parent Tommy Hilfiger Corp. The designer just received prototypes from the capsule summer collection launching at Neiman Marcus, including jeans and jackets, some made of a fabric permanently crinkled thanks to metal threads. "I have them on my back all the time," he said. Meanwhile, Lagerfeld is unruffled by last week's blockbuster news that Hilfiger is for sale, with a prospectus circulating. "For me, it's not a problem, especially because it's still the beginning [of our association]," he said Friday. Besides, he added, "people who might want to buy the business wouldn't want to destroy it. I believe in success. As long as I can keep my team in America because it's working perfectly." Not that Lagerfeld plans to only wear his own designs. Besides Dior, his other favorite brands of the moment include Libertine, Hussein Chalayan, Thom Browne and Mastermind, a Japanese maker of skinny jeans.EMME TO QVC: Plus-size model Emme is the latest designer heading to QVC to hawk her collection. In October, she will hit the airwaves selling the e by Emme collection, which includes a houndstooth jacket, a jewel-encrusted hip-length top, "Emiracle" wrap sweater, and the "Emazing" jersey pant.
“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