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THE MOODS OF MS. PARKER: Sarah Jessica Parker is getting to be a quick-change artist par excellence. Aside from those costume-change-intensive awards show host gigs, Parker wore three different outfits during an AOL-sponsored cocktail reception...
THE MOODS OF MS. PARKER: Sarah Jessica Parker is getting to be a quick-change artist par excellence. Aside from those costume-change-intensive awards show host gigs, Parker wore three different outfits during an AOL-sponsored cocktail reception for New York Sen. Charles Schumer at Spire restaurant Wednesday night at trendy boutique hotel Nine Zero.
While exact details about designer affiliation were unavailable at the hush-hush event, Parker arrived with husband, Matthew Broderick, apparently channeling Chanel in a tweed jacket, jeans, flats and oversized black sunglasses. She moved on to a familiar fashion role, opting for a fluffy pink skirt and tan suede heels, à la her “Sex and the City” persona, Carrie Bradshaw.
Always fashionably appropriate, she changed again — this time to a T-shirt emblazoned with “John John” and a rhinestone American flag brooch — before leaving for a skybox at the Fleet Center to watch Sen. John Edwards’ speech.
RATING EDWARDS: Speaking of Edwards’ speech, the reaction was mostly positive among the party faithful. California delegate Mabel Teng craved specifics on how the Kerry-Edwards team would retain U.S. manufacturing jobs. “The government needs to reinvest in the manufacturing community,” she said. “It’s been seen traditionally as a low-value sector, but we’ve got to make it a more productive, high-value proposition.”
Ohio delegate Jack Landskroner said, “This whole convention is a continuation of the theme John [Edwards] has been preaching all along. Kerry’s just done a great job of adopting those messages.”
“I’m from Memphis,” said Bill Clinton’s former special trade representative Paula Stern, who sits on the boards of Neiman Marcus and Avon. “The Democrats win when we can appeal to males who identify themselves as white Southerners, whether they’re from southern Ohio or South Carolina. What’s left for Kerry is to show strength over how to better manage our economy.”
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin said, “He laid down some pretty specific points and I think that’s what people want to hear. Most people don’t think about international trade every day, but they do think about what they earn, they think about health care.”Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy took special note of Edwards’ comments on the need for raising the minimum wage. “He went into far more detail than normally they do on this. Usually, you have the vice presidential candidate come out and tear the heads off the other guy, and I’m sure the temptation was there after all the negative ads that the Bush and Cheney team have run against both John Edwards and John Kerry.”
Actor-director Rob Reiner said he had no problem with Edwards’ proposal to tax those in the top income brackets, like himself, to pay for better social programs. “Usually these kinds of speeches are full of buzzwords and catch phrases, but Edwards discussed specifics, building American jobs, improving education,” said Reiner. “He’s right when he says people who earn the minimum wage and have to struggle to make ends meet is not fair, and he answered how we’re going to pay for it. He said the top 2 percent can pay for things.”
RUBBER DUCKIES: Billy Baldwin, Alyssa Milano, Bianca Jagger, Wendie Malick, Creative Coalition president Tony Goldwyn, Alfre Woodard and Jerry Stiller made their way up a laminated orange runway Wednesday night at the Creative Coalition party, hosted by Louis Boston and sponsored by the Recording Industry Association of America. Later, the Hollywood activists joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers on stage and took scripted turns spouting Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson and the First Amendment.
Guests mingled amid a Willy Wonka-esque landscape of tall vials of orange and yellow water, lucite disks and rubber duckies. The motif became a little too apropos when a sodden rain pushed guests under tents, though some scurried for orange and yellow umbrellas Rafanelli Events had planted lollipop-style.
The woman of the hour, Louis Boston owner Debi Greenberg, didn’t forget that half the city — those who didn’t leave town — had been slavering outside the store’s gates since the first sound check, at 3 p.m. that afternoon. “Hello Boston,” she whooped. “Everyone back there, we’re thinking of you, too.”
Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio snuck in a side entrance at Louis, dissing press and the starstruck guests who’d paid $1,000 a ticket.INNER CIRCLE: Wearing an ivory bias-cut jacket over a floating skirt, Teresa Heinz Kerry sparkled as she bestowed kisses and hugs on her nearest and dearest at an early evening reception Wednesday night at Mistral restaurant.
Boston allies Bob Crowe, finance vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and real estate investor Jack Manning, hosted the dinner in the sunflower-strewn French restaurant, one of the Kerry couple’s favorite haunts.
Heinz Kerry lingered for two hours, taking a brief turn with a microphone to remind those in the room that the national audience would respond to her husband's sincerity and loyalty, qualities she said old friends gathered in the room already recognized. Those in the room, rumored to be benefactors in the $200,000 and up league, already hold Kerry in pretty close company.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)