Design’s purpose may not always be evident to the naked eye, but now is not the time to turn away from the medium.
That was a recurring message from this years’s winners of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Style Etoile Awards — Russell Simmons; actress and philanthropist Cornelia Guest; the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan; costume designer William Ivey Long, and New York City Planning director Amanda Burden. During Monday’s gala at the James Cohan Gallery in New York, Simmons said, “We live in a society that undervalues art as just an expression. This whole country will only survive when we put more arts in the schools, and when we cultivate creativity in children.”
SCAD will further its commitment to the design-minded by honoring Isabel Toledo with the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award May 16 at its annual student fashion show.
Yigal Azrouël, Lars Nilsson, Cynthia Rowley and Michael Fink, all of whom have visited SCAD students, were on hand for Monday’s affair. Givhan, who will relocate to Washington to cover the First Family, said, “…even if we never buy a $2,000 gown, live in a million-dollar home or have the opportunity to see a magnificent play on Broadway, creativity still enriches our lives in ways that are rather surprising. At a time like this, we cannot underscore enough how important creativity is because as we pull back, hunker down and hold onto our pennies and think about the things that are most fundamental in our lives, sometimes we forget how important creativity is. Creativity has to flourish in the worst of times so that it will be there for us in the best of times.”
Long praised the school for its varied curriculum. “When you’re a youngster and you know you have some dreams in your head, but you’re not exactly sure what those dreams are or where they should be going — having these options so you don’t have to say, ‘I’m going to be a…’ like many schools in the world [do] — that is really truly your gift to education,” he said.
Guest offered another take: “It’s so important now, especially at this time, for us to create as many beautiful things as we can and to be as nice to people as we can, because that’s what style is all about and it’s a way of living.”
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye