The jokes were a given with Michael Kors and Joan Rivers on hand at Wednesday’s launch of the God’s Love We Deliver expansion project.
As the lead sponsor, thanks to a $5 million donation, the designer was the guest of honor at the groundbreaking for the nonprofit’s New York headquarters that will bear his name. The group’s SoHo space will more than double to 44,000 square feet, enabling volunteers to churn out two million meals a year compared with the current rate of one million.
“I am going to make it brief, because we really just want to get to the cake. It has your name on it, did you see?” Rivers asked, referring to the Lulu Cakes confection, with a rendering of the new building.
“Oh thank God,” Kors said. “First off, I have always wanted to wear a hard hat. No, I’m joking. I’m half Jewish, half Swedish and the Swedish side has a very huge head, so hats are not my friends.”
Having never dreamed he would have even one store with his name on it, never mind more than 400, Kors described the God’s Love building as “extremely gratifying,” noting “meals will be served to people in need who cannot feed themselves with no questions asked.”
A GLWD board member, Kors said, “I have been working with them for 25 years. They began the initiative in the Eighties. That was when many people in New York, in the fashion industry and beyond, people who were my friends, coworkers and colleagues, began dying of AIDS. Since then, their work has expanded to reach all of those in need of hot meals delivered.”
Afterward, Kors told WWD how there is always more to be done: “Your kids can deliver a meal. You can chop a carrot. We can all do something.
“As New Yorkers, we’re all racing around like crazy. People’s children at the age of four are racing around like crazy. I think somehow in a fast-paced life, you have to kind of take stock, take a breath and say to yourself, ‘You know what? I am fortunate. How can I give back?’”
Rivers agreed, having seen lives changed and burdens lessened. The same would be true of her view of Kors. “I knew him when he was just a simple designer before he became a mogul,” she said. “He’s always been adorable, funny and modest. He is so not of the breed. This is a boy from Queens who has done it all himself, no handouts, just a lot of hard work and the stuff is so great. The first thing I bought from him in the Eighties was an orange molten cape. I still wear it. His stuff is so classic. It doesn’t wear out — you have to shoot it.”
As for her Oct. 14 showdown with the Writers Guild of America about her potential expulsion, Rivers insisted she would hold a press conference as soon as a decision was reached. When asked how long she has been a WGA member, Rivers said, “I’m a union girl. I carried signs in the Seventies. I can’t say anything about anything until I walk out of kangaroo court.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)