Here we go with another season of the expected front-row brouhaha. Who’s coming, who’s not, who promised to come but won’t, who wants to go but can’t get in. It’s a public relations nightmare — especially since...
Here we go with another season of the expected front-row brouhaha. Who’s coming, who’s not, who promised to come but won’t, who wants to go but can’t get in. It’s a public relations nightmare — especially since there’s only a finite number of Row 1 seats.
But there’s at least one New Yorker who always has, and certainly now will get, priority seating at the tents — Sarah Jessica Parker, a.k.a. Carrie Bradshaw. Alas, the fall collections will bid a sweet adieu to the city’s favored and most fashion-forward daughter and her three comrades.
Now the question is: Who can fill their Jimmy Choos?
Oscar de la Renta muses, “I think at this particular time, there is no one who could really be a replacement for Sarah Jessica Parker. There won’t be for quite a while.”
He, like Sass & Bide newcomers Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke, foresees SJP being a fashion force for quite some time — basically because Sarah, Kim, Kristin and Cynthia have had such a strong run. On the small screen, it’s too early to tell if “O.C.” and “The L Word” can pick up their torch — even if early signs point toward respective stars Mischa Barton and Jennifer Beals making inroads to all the “Who’s In” lists. They could cause a front-row stir if they popped up.
At least for now. This is fashion, after all, and a designer has to strike when the iron is hot — or, more like, when the girl is hot. For instance, in seasons past, Britney, Gwen or Beyoncé would cause a stampede of stilettos, while a lass like Jessica Simpson might get merely a passing nod. But five months (and a few cans of Chicken of the Sea) later, Simpson is the ambassador from the music world. Of course, you’d still be wise to put Beyoncé in a great seat.
The same goes for cover girl ad nauseam Scarlett Johansson, who, with Barton, currently vies for the season’s “It” girl crown. Snagging her for the front row could solidify a designer’s relevance and hip quotient. “If the right celebrity comes to your show, it’s an endorsement,” says British designer Matthew Williamson. “A pat on the back.” And he should know, with fans like Britney and Gwyneth.But will Scarlett, Mischa or any others — who, no doubt, are inundated with invites — show? Will any of Hollywood’s current favorites — who also include Naomi, Uma and Charlize — make it to New York this season? With the Oscars coming up at the end of the month — only two weeks after the American collections end — it doesn’t bode well for those hoping to attract an A-lister or two. Then again, if any of the starlets wanted to solve their what-to-wear conundrum in person, the New York shows offer the perfect solution.
However, there could be some unexpected surprises to tempt the cameras — Jeremy Scott is gunning for Tammy Faye Baker or Miss Piggy tonight, while the As Four crew extended an invite to Elizabeth Taylor.
So it’s left to the designers’ truest, bluest friends, the Ladies Who Lunch (and buy) — as in Nina Griscom, Cornelia Guest, the Lauders and the Trainas, to name a few — to fill those seats. And no doubt their lovely faces will be seen and captured for gossip pages everywhere.
But this is a democracy, of course, where all men, celebrities and socialites are created equal, so Yellow Fever designer Jamison Ernest offers, “I think seating should be on a first-come, first-serve basis.” But he’s no fool, and has lined up Heidi Klum, Gisele, Brooke Shields and Rachel Weisz to cheer him on from the front.
Here, WWD’s rundown of which women are hot designer catches this season — which assumes that every designer already knows that if Bill Murray or Johnny Depp make an appearance, usher them to the best seat in the house, too.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)