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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)