On March 11, 1965, “Flora the Red Menace” opened at 52nd Street’s Alvin theater. The show’s star, Liza Minnelli, was just shy of 19 (her birthday was the following day), but she handled her Broadway debut like a vet. “As Flora, the Innocent Red Menace, Liza Minnelli is an enthusiastic love-me,” began WWD’s write-up. But instead of going into the details of her stellar performance — one that would make her the youngest person ever to win a Tony Award at the time — the piece gave readers a little insider knowledge about the quirky young star.
Ms. Minnelli had several visitors the morning of her interview with WWD. But throughout the parade of workers and well-wishers — which included costume designer Donald Brooks, lyricist Fred Ebb, director George Abbott, and several female cast members and stagehands seeking autographs — Liza stayed warm and voluble. She mentioned she loved to dance, especially at parties and discos. And though the club scenesters tended to be a little affected, she didn’t mind because they were so amusing: “What is really deadly,” she said, “is to be affected and dull.”
And Minnelli seemed to show some knowledge about clothes and makeup, despite her signature tousled hair. Most of her clothes were tailored, from Upper East Side shops like Jak, and she liked to wear a few youthquake minis “when they were not too far out.” She loved hats and had apparently learned a few makeup tricks from a model friend (i.e. she wore false eyelashes and used blusher to define her chin line). But the learning curve was still evident. “I wish I could get my eyebrows on straight,” she admitted, with a resigned laugh.
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