NEW YORK — Breaking up is hard to do, but a little Champagne always helps. And there was much to be had as designers and their hangers-on piled into 583 Park Avenue on Tuesday night to bid adieu to CFDA president Stan Herman. Even after 16 years, he was not ready for his curtain call. "I'm not retiring to Boca Raton, and why would I? It doesn't get any better than this."
Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Francisco Costa, Derek Lam, Cynthia Rowley, Mark Badgley and James Mischka were among the many who made their way to the Delano & Aldrich-designed building. Wang told the crowd Herman's tenure is nothing to sniff at. "As we all know, in fashion, as in dog years, that's equivalent to 10 lifetimes — 20 even." Of course, the CFDA's steersman nearly missed the chance to thank his still-gainfully employed 102-year-old father, Sidney, or anyone else. After waxing poetic about her predecessor, Diane von Furstenberg almost left the stage without introducing him. "This just explains who I am," she said with a laugh.
Across town, a smattering of anchormen and celebs, including Emilio Estevez and Joshua Jackson, traded hellos at a "Bobby" screening, followed by dinner at Le Cirque. "Oh, no, she's in the scrum," said a bashful Brian Williams as he was being led to meet a mobbed Sharon Stone. Indeed, doing press for movies these days is not unlike being on the campaign trail. "I travel with three huge luggages," said Russian actress Svetlana Metkina. "You never know what it's going to be — red carpet, photo call, lunch, tea."
Downtown at the Marc by Marc Jacobs boutique, Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy hosted a book signing for Grace Coddington, whose "Catwalk Cats" is all about fashionable felines, followed by an intimate dinner at Sant Ambroeus. The stylist admitted cats don't hold up to the Christys, Naomis, Cindys and Giseles of the world. "They focus on all sorts of things, just not on the moment," she whispered. When the notoriously shy Coddington stood up to speak, the crowd broke out into a chorus of meows, led by Jacobs. "We have this ongoing thing," Jacobs explained. "We meet for dinner every once in a while, and she talks about my cats and I talk about my dogs."On Monday night at the New York Public Library's Literary Lions gala, grand dames such as Lally Weymouth and Louise Grunwald mingled with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Henry Kissinger, Elie Wiesel, Toni Morrison, Marina Rust and Oprah Winfrey. Kissinger said he had just finished Donald Kagan's "The Peloponnesian War," while Winfrey said she had no time to read a book recently, much less pick a book selection for her show, because she's been too busy with a school she's starting in South Africa. "The last thing I read was about curriculums for girls."
The same night, a young, artsy bunch flooded into Prada's SoHo store to fete sculptor Tom Sachs' new tome, published by Fondazione Prada. While many of the guests, including Brooke de Ocampo, John McEnroe and Helena Christensen, may have been more interested in the fashion the Italian house puts out rather than in its reading material, Sachs made it clear his interests lie in art, not commerce. "I'm fairly indifferent to the brand," he said. A dapper Alexander McQueen made an unexpected and brief appearance before heading back out into the rainy eve. "He was shopping in the store earlier," explained Miuccia Prada blithely. "So I told him to come tonight."
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion