NEW YORK -- "Growing up in New York, I remember FIT as the place that prevented me from driving across town on 27th Street to the West Side Highway," actor Alec Baldwin told the Fashion Institute of Technology's 2,600 graduates on Friday. "But I...
NEW YORK -- "Growing up in New York, I remember FIT as the place that prevented me from driving across town on 27th Street to the West Side Highway," actor Alec Baldwin told the Fashion Institute of Technology's 2,600 graduates on Friday. "But I remember it also as the place where people go to learn about clothing design."Baldwin, who delivered the commencement address at FIT's 56th graduation, held at Radio City Music Hall, recalled how, as a student in the late Seventies, all the beautiful and well-dressed people he encountered were from FIT. They, he said, often examined his fashions with a raised eyebrow, and taught him one essential lesson in life: "Don't wear horizontal stripes. Ever."Calvin Klein was scheduled to receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree, but didn't make it to the ceremony because he was stuck in Europe, much to the disappointment of the students. As for those in the audience who sniped that the designer might have simply blown off the event, WWD verified that Klein, in fact, was booked that morning on the Air France Concorde from Paris and that the flight was indeed canceled.The ceremony nevertheless opened with New York City Police Officer Daniel Rodriguez, who sang the national anthem, followed by Jessica D'Arcy Dean, president of FIT's student association and member of the graduating class."When I started five years ago, I never dreamed I'd be standing here in front of the greatest, most amazing group of graduates," she said. "Go out there and start that business, have that fashion show, and at least invite me to your gallery opening."Retired Kohl's president Jay Baker was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Last year, Baker and his wife, Patty, donated $10 million to FIT, the largest gift in the college's history. In his speech, Baker recalled how his parents had wanted him to become a lawyer, doctor or accountant, and were disappointed when he chose to work in retail instead."Today, mom and dad, I'm a doctor," he quipped. "It is, other than when we got married, Patty, the most exciting day of my life."Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT, bid good luck to graduates and sent them off with a message of encouragement: "I recognized how much the landscape had changed this last fall. We must not let the enormity of the challenge ahead paralyze us. We must not be trapped into passivity."Michael R. Pelligrino, president of Anna Sui Corp., and Frank Zambrelli, vice president and creative director at Rockport, received alumni awards.
“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