If all of the season's catwalks were to be rolled into one long running track, Russia’s Natasha Poly likely would edge out fellow golden girl, Britain’s Lily Donaldson, to the finish line. The seasoned mannequins were everywhere, sometimes book-ending the same shows. Tipping into double digits, Poly opened 10 major, mostly European, shows, including Stella McCartney, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli, while almond-eyed Donaldson clocked half that amount, opening Lanvin, John Galliano, Max Mara and Derek Lam, and opening and closing Gareth Pugh. Both closed nine shows each.
Straight off the runway, Poly is said to already be shooting back-to-back high-profile campaigns. “She’s had a beautiful season—we’re all speechless,” says her Paris booker, Women’s Eric Schaub.
Meanwhile, Gareth Pugh says he regards having a girl like Donaldson open his show as a way of assuring the lasting visual impact of his collection on a global level. “It sets a certain tone to open with Lily. As with the first time I saw Kate Moss walk through a room, backstage at one of Alexander McQueen’s shows, [seeing a girl like Donaldson] is like seeing an ad in motion, only in 4-D, as there’s also the element of time and space,” says Pugh. “We felt so lucky to get such a big face. She didn’t have to do my show, but wanted to show her support.” Into her fourth year of modeling, the gangly 21-year-old, who was spotted shopping in Camden, England, at age 16, has already amassed a golden portfolio of campaigns, including Burberry, Chanel, Dior makeup, Jil Sander and Lanvin.
“I love the elegance of her attitude. It is difficult to be that perfect at hardly 17,” marvels Karl Lagerfeld of skyrocketing German model Toni Garrn.
Since her catwalk debut September 2007, where she opened and closed for Calvin Klein (going on to bag the brand’s spring 2008 campaign), insiders signal that the fledgling model has a long way to go. “I had the opportunity to work with so many designers that I admire and it was very exciting,” enthuses Garrn, who this season skipped school to walk for the likes of Prada, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Gucci—not forgetting the Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel shows, bien sur.
“There is a touch of Brigitte Helm (who was that age when she did Metropolis), with something fresh and innocent,” muses Lagerfeld. “There is also a touch of Claudia Schiffer when she was 18.”
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye