NEW YORK — Somewhere in Moscow, according to Vanity Fair's Alexis Bryan, there's a restaurant that offers small side tables — perfectly sized for an Hermès Kelly — on which diners can place their handbags. That entertaining tidbit was one of many tossed around at a party Tuesday night honoring the late Princess Grace of Monaco, proving just how expansive the reach of her sophisticated style can be. Bryan co-hosted the event, along with Tommy Hilfiger and Elizabeth Saltzman, at Gramercy Park Hotel's Roof Club and Garden here, which turned exhibit space to 28 images of the princess. "She's a femme fatale glossy blonde," remarked Rufus Albemarle.
The cause for celebration that night: the Stateside debut of the book "Grace Kelly: A Life in Pictures," first released in Europe late last year. Hilfiger wrote the introduction to the 200-pager and had a hand in its production from the inception. "The publisher [PHYB] approached me to do a book on an American icon and we chose Grace Kelly," he said, adding that figures like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean were also in the running before the girl from Philadelphia-turned-princess won. Among the guests were two of the princess' relatives: her nephew D. Christopher Le Vine and his daughter, Kelly Le Vine. And it seems the icon's sense of fashion has trickled down the family tree: The younger Le Vine is currently studying costume design at Carnegie Mellon.
Of course, who hasn't admired Kelly's effortlessly elegant style? Marina Rust told of a friend who follows just one wardrobe rule: "She would ask herself, 'Is this something Grace Kelly would wear getting out of a small white Mercedes?'"
Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff, meanwhile, recalled a Kelly-inspired frock she made for Scarlett Johansson in 2005, for a press junket in Cannes, France. Other revelers included Allison Sarofim, Andrew Saffir, Rachel Roy, Elise Overland, Olivia Chantecaille, Fabiola Beracasa, Michael Houghton (aka Michael H.) and Genevieve Jones, who was busy flaunting her own jewelry designs.
With all the talk on Kelly's timeless chic style then, was there anyone they thought might fit the bill as a modern-day Princess Grace? Most were hard-pressed to answer — except Hilfiger. The designer nominated his flaxen-haired girlfriend, Dee Ocleppo. And, for the record, Ocleppo is a Kelly — not Birkin — fan; she has three, one each in white, orange and red.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.