- BLACKS AND FASHION: Industry veteran Bethann Hardison will be moderating an open discussion Friday called "The Lack of the Black Image in Fashion Today." The event, which takes place at the Bryant Park Hotel Screening Room, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hardison will lead a discussion on why black fashion models have become basically invisible on the runway in the last decade. "It's to raise consciousness and to take responsibility," said Hardison, who previously ran a modeling agency. Among those expected to participate in the forum are Tracy Reese, Patrick Robinson, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Diane von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Constance White, Iman, Liya Kebede, Naomi Campbell and Veronica Webb, in addition to photographers and stylists.
- GREEN THUMB: Aiming to be a model corporate citizen, PPR is establishing a department dedicated to social and environmental responsibility. Laurent Claquin has been named its senior vice president and director, reporting to François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of PPR. Claquin is currently PPR's senior vice president of communication and will continue in that role until his successor has been named. PPR is already active on many fronts, aiming to reduce its environmental impact and improve diversity among its 78,000 employees. For example, PPR recently partnered with a French agency that promotes jobs and training for disabled people and hired 241 employees over the past two years, surpassing its objective of 160. Separately, PPR said Charlotte Judet, formerly head of communications at French securities regulator AMF, joined as head of its press department, reporting to Claquin.
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