Santa Claus who? In 1990, Barneys New York’s Simon Doonan introduced a whole new cast of holiday characters in the store’s windows: Madonna, Tammy Faye Bakker, Martha Graham, Ivana Trump, Mikhail Gorbachev, Joan Rivers and Karl Lagerfeld, among others. “We wanted to show what Christmas would be like with certain people — people who were interesting, au courant and would make good caricatures,” Doonan told WWD. “Each figure represents an aspect of life — sports, religion, politics, fashion, dance.” The superexaggerated, campy characters were created by New York artist Martha King, “who used plastic, clay, gauze, glass eyes from a taxidermist and ‘whatever else I could find’ to construct the likenesses.” Doonan added they got everyone’s consent, save for Gorbachev and U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. “We were originally going to do Ivana Trump as the 50-foot woman stomping through New York over all of these little buildings and carrying armloads of shopping bags,” he explained, “but she thought the idea was inappropriate.” Instead, they placed the Trump sculpture in a replica of a room at The Plaza.
King did her fair share of research and development for the project. She stalked Rivers during a Macy’s visit to get a good look at the comedienne, and to get Bakker’s skin tone just right she created the perfect color from “the hues of Velveeta cheese and Thousand Island dressing with ‘that orange grease that’s on chili.’ ” She and Doonan even enlisted their fashion designer friends for some holiday help. To wit: Badgley Mischka dressed the Trump look-alike, while Christian Francis Roth did Bakker. Madonna, meanwhile, lent her kitsch alter ego one of her own Jean Paul Gaultier dresses.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)