Peter Som’s assessment of the lively CFDA party at Elie and Rory Tahari’s SoHo home Tuesday night couldn’t have been more spot-on. Over the course of the night, many of the guests crowded the Taharis’ rooftop yoga room and the adjoining terrace, including Leighton Meester, Phillip Lim, Richard Chai, Martha Stewart and Nicole Miller.
With the stock market in a free fall, the presidential race in its last four weeks and retailers gripping for rocky months ahead, guests chose to celebrate a new crop of CFDA members that was being welcomed at the event. “I was a new member last year,” Chai said. “I am passing the torch. I am doing the hazing.”
Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, David Neville, Marcus Wainwright, Tina Lutz, Marcia Patmos, Yeohlee Teng, Arnold Scaasi and Charles Nolan were among the other designers welcoming such new members as Ron Anderson, Michael Bastian, Philip Crangi, Naeem Khan, Loree Rodkin, Kara Ross and Araks Yeramyan. The newbies were just part of the night’s attraction, though. Many were relishing the Tahari home (Rupert Murdoch’s old digs) and taking in the city vistas from the multitiered roof deck. “I think Elie put the moon and Mars up there,” joked Stan Herman, pointing to the picture-perfect starry night.
Stewart inspected the kitchen, washroom and bar area. Newcomer Eunice Lee said, “We were just salivating over this apartment. We were saying, ‘Let’s work hard so that we have a place like this, too, one day.’”
Rory Tahari admitted there was a pre-party “aha moment,” when the couple realized its gathering conflicted with the second presidential debate. “Elie said we’ll just tell everyone who wants to stay that they can watch the debate in the screening room,” Rory Tahari said. And so they did — bar the hostess herself, who snuck off after the party to catch Madonna at Madison Square Garden.
Meester showed her allegiance for new member Dana Foley by wearing a strapless black dress by the designer. Fresh off the set of “Gossip Girl,” the actress said she didn’t have time to worry about what she would wear. “I finished work at six, got home around seven and my friend and stylist Tom came over with a few of the dresses he had pulled. And I had earrings, a jacket and purse. But Foley + Corinna is one of my favorite stores — really.”
Nicole Miller chatted with new inductee Cheryl Finnegan, whose Virgins, Saints & Angels jewelry is carried in her freestanding stores. Asked if she offered any advice to Finnegan, Miller said: “This is a tough road. After the past two days, everyone realizes it’s going to be tough for every designer, especially new ones.”
And, of course, “the best thing anyone could do would be to go out and spend some money,” Miller said.
“So go out and buy something crazy like a tutu,” Finnegan said, gesturing toward the one she was wearing.
While inductees sported corsages to reflect their newly minted status, Matt Murphy donned an oversize hot pink “Palin Insane” button designed by artist Cecily Brown. “I’m promoting democracy tonight,” he said.
Amy Chan chimed in: “That’s a great thing. People want to do different things, step out more and make that last effort. This time is such a pivotal time.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)