FASHIONABLE CAUSE: Lighthouse International is holding its annual Posh Sale on Thursday through Saturday this week at its offices here at 110 East 60th Street in New York. Lighthouse was founded in 1905 and is a not-for-profit organization that supports vision rehabilitation services, education and research for blind or partially sighted individuals.
Clothes at the sale include new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing from designers including Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Bill Blass, Hermès, Prada, Celine, Burberry and Donna Karan, among others. Admission is $10 per day or $25 for a three-day pass.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL: Evelyn Lauder and Scoop owner Stefani Greenfield will each receive awards from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandise at the college’s commencement ceremony May 28 at the Puck Building.
Lauder, senior corporate vice president of The Estée Lauder Cos., will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree for her work to find a cure for breast cancer and other charitable causes. LIM will bestow the Distinguished Achievement Award to Greenfield, who will also serve as the commencement speaker.
“We’re honored to have luminaries of Evelyn Lauder’s and Stefani Greenfield’s caliber at this year’s commencement program,” said Elizabeth Marcuse, LIM president. “Their talent, accomplishments and philanthropic commitments will serve as a standard that this year’s graduating class could aspire to.”
The Distinguished Alumni Award will be given to Mark Simonetti who graduated from LIM in 1983. He is currently vice president of merchandising for Perry Ellis.
DRESSED TO CUT: New York-based dress designer Kathlin Argiro outfitted seven models in some top-selling spring styles Wednesday at the opening of the Anderson French Salon in the International Flavors & Fragrances building. Argiro also dressed some of the Anderson French staff, bringing the total to about 15 women. The models wore the “Lori” dress, a short, strapless A-line cotton style, which wholesales for about $140.
FASHION LOBBYING: Beautiful architecture in New York’s Garment District is about as common as a rhinestone at Calvin Klein. So when the owners of 530 Seventh Avenue unveiled their newly refurbished lobby late last month after a two-year renovation project, the attention to architectural detail came as a pleasant surprise to tenants.Returned to its Art Deco splendor, the intricate beige-and-brown Tennessee marble now touts a highly lustrous polish. There is also new lighting, a new revolving door and new concierge desk. According to Kaufman/Adler Realty, which owns the building, 530 Seventh Avenue currently has a 98 percent occupancy rate.
In addition to the remodeled lobby — which cost almost $1 million — new windows, refurbished elevator cabs and hallways, and a new security system were put in place. It was carried out by Macrae-Gibson Architects and American Construction served as the general contractor.
According to Kaufman/Adler president Bob Savitt, the building is trying to attract more tenants in the junior market and recently added Rampage Clothing, Star City Apparel, Take Out and Lee Thomas. Other tenants include the design offices of Michael Kors, Eileen Fisher, Max Mara, Maggy London, Onward Kashiyama and Chetta B.
GOLDEN EXHIBIT: Boston’s John F. Kennedy Library and Museum will open an exhibition Thursday on the wedding between Jacqueline Bouvier and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, as 2003 marks 50 years since the couple was married.
Kennedy’s wedding dress will be on display as well as her Van Cleef & Arpels emerald and diamond engagement ring. An eight-minute home video of the wedding, invitations, photos and Jacqueline Kennedy’s poem “Meanwhile in Massachusetts,” which she wrote and gave to her husband on their first anniversary, will also be on display.
The wedding gown, designed by Ann Lowe, was made of 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta and features a portrait neckline and bouffant skirt decorated with small flowers and tucking details. The exhibit runs through Oct. 31.
DONNKENNY’S LATEST LAYER: Donnkenny has set up a coat division and has hired outerwear veterans Ron and Bill Gallo to head it up as president and executive vice president, respectively. The Gallos previously ran Rose Cloak & Suit, which had the license for Bill Blass, Bill Blass Signature and Blassport outerwear. Their family has worked in the outerwear business for 80 years. Donnkenny now has a licensing deal to produce all three lines, said Daniel Levy, chairman and chief executive officer of the firm.The Blass labels should generate a few extra million in annual sales for Donnkenny, a $107 million operation, he said. Those collections will continue to be shown at 530 Seventh Avenue in New York for the time being.
“We’re looking to diversify our business. We like the Blass names and we think they’re good names,” Levy said. “We’re always looking to expand Donnkenny’s reach.
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