HERRERA RISES TO THE TOP: Carolina Herrera tops the list of Modern Bride's 25 leading trendsetters this year. Renowned chef Daniel Boulud and high-flying British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson will also be toasted at the magazine's May 9 awards ceremony at the New York Palace Hotel. Branson's Virgin Galactic is testing flights just out of the Earth's atmosphere — new territory for more adventuresome brides-to-be. J. Crew's senior vice president of women's design, Jenna Lyons, also made the cut on this year's list by spearheading the brand's bridal launch. Designers Lela Rose and Nicole Miller will be among those doling out the awards. Wedding scene setter Antony Todd, celebrity cinematographer Paul Korver, wedding planner Mary Micucci, DJ Donna D'Cruz, culinary queen Abigail Kirsch and makeup artist Kimara Ahnert will also be honored. Chris Madden, who designs a home collection for J.C. Penney, one of the event sponsors, will present Modern Bride's first Loving Spirit Award to the I Do Foundation, an organization that encourages engaged couples to line up wedding-related charitable giving. The Bacon Brothers, aka Kevin and Michael Bacon, will play.
J&J IN CHINA: Johnson & Johnson has acquired the Chinese skin care firm Dabao for 2.3 billion yuan, or almost $300 million at current exchange rates, according to news reports in China. The deal was said to have been made on March 27. Dabao, which makes value to midpriced items, will maintain its proprietary brand, a published report said. Johnson & Johnson spokesman Jeffrey Leebaw said the company "does not comment on speculative reports."
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia