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.”
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)