Twenty students from Philadelphia University got a little taste of “Project Runway” on May 8 as participants in the school’s annual fashion show: They were handpicked by judges, including the first winner of the reality fashion show, Jay McCarroll.
“I love to see the whole development through — from beginning to end,” said McCarroll. “In this industry, everything has been done — every skirt, from your crotch to your head. Here, this is what’s new.”
And by new, McCarroll pointed to intricate details such as manipulated leather accents woven into more than 200 looks that earned Meg Dewey the Neiman Marcus Most Saleable Collection award. Jewel-encrusted gowns flowed down the runway with Rachel Wendling’s floor-length creations earning her the Frank Agostino Best Eveningwear prize. Amanda Vereb showcased her range in both sportswear and men’s wear, winning the Joseph Klein Award for Excellence in Menswear Design and the Fashion Faculty Award for Excellence in Design and Execution.
More than 2,500 guests viewed the runway show, which included sexy swimsuits in poppy hues, men’s wear with a subtle sex appeal and whimsical yet sophisticated children’s wear.
During the festivities, dubbed “An Evening of Innovation” — at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia — the school honored 10 “Leaders of Innovation,” entrepreneurs including Allen E. Sirkin, president and chief operating officer of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., who was granted an honorary doctorate; Robert Cordaro, chief operating officer of John Varvatos Enterprises; Andrew J. Vecchione, president of Polartec LLC, and Alvin P. Gutman, former chairman of Pressman-Gutman, each receiving Lifetime Innovation Awards.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty