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."
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Exclusive: Guillaume Henry has left @ninaricci, the fashion house said on Thursday. “After three years of mutually gratifying creative collaboration, Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry have together decided that the designer will depart the house after the presentation of the fall-winter 2018-19 collection,” Ricci said in a statement. Get all the details on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“When Bella enters a room all heads turn,” said @peterphilipsmakeup, creative and image director for @diormakeup. Last night, the two celebrated the product launch of Dior’s Lacquer Plump in Los Angeles with other celebs like @parisjackson, @winnieharlow and more. Head to WWD.com to see the rest of the photos from the night (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
“These shirts are an art form, it’s about getting the message out to as many people as you can. It breaks down the pretentiousness of the art gallery,” says Kumasi Sadiki, cofounder of @ebayontheblock, a store that sells merchandise by New York artists who are shifting their attention to clothes as a wearable medium. Pictured here is a design by artist @joegarvey_, one of the first to spearhead this movement. Head to WWD.com to read @mistywhitesidell full story on how their designs have become merch for the underground elite #wwdfashion
@netaporter is dedicating a part of its website – called the Fine Jewelry and Watch Destination – to highlight its high-end jewelry. The hub will feature products on the site, as well as incorporate styling advice and educational content about high-priced jewelry items. Get more details on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories
For “The Cher Show,” an upcoming musical based on @cher’s life and career, @bobmackie is once again collaborating with the singer in designing the costumes. For decades, Mackie has designed glitzy stage costumes and red carpet looks for the 71-year-old Grammy winner. Pictured here is a sketch of some of the pieces in the wardrobe of the musical, which is set to debut in Chicago on June 12 before making its way to Broadway #wwdeye