The red carpet phenomenon owes much to Wanda McDaniel. While she defers to her boss, Giorgio Armani, credit also goes to the former reporter from Missouri whom Armani hired in 1988 to tend to VIP clients through their Hollywood adventures, on- and...
The red carpet phenomenon owes much to Wanda McDaniel. While she defers to her boss, Giorgio Armani, credit also goes to the former reporter from Missouri whom Armani hired in 1988 to tend to VIP clients through their Hollywood adventures, on- and offscreen.
Ever amicable and professional, McDaniel pioneered the gig of modern liaison between fashion house and celebrities, a required feature of any self-respecting temple along Rodeo Drive and one that runs the gamut from wardrobing films to media inquiries. In fact, many of her alumni have gone on to the competition.
“There is literally no better mentor than Wanda McDaniel,” said Ralph Lauren’s West Coast liaison Jennifer Meyer, who spent two years under McDaniel’s tutelage. “She grooms you for life, your next job, relationships. Every fashion house is doing what they’re doing in Hollywood because of Wanda. She singlehandedly changed the paradigm.”
A large part of McDaniel’s appeal is that she operates exactly unlike the typical publicist. Her background as a journalist is one reason. There’s also the personal insight that comes from being the wife of a producer: For 25 years, she’s been married to Al Ruddy, whose credits include “The Godfather” and, most recently, the Oscar-nominated “Million Dollar Baby.”
In fact, during recent weeks, McDaniel has found herself in the very awkward position (she insists) of joining Ruddy at the many award shows and premieres for the movie, starring Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank. “I have a whole new respect for the people who have to do this all the time,” she conceded one recent afternoon.
Her longtime friends, many of the famous she’s courted and dressed over the years, are similarly reverent. “She is a superstar and to me there is nobody that even comes close to her,” said Maria Shriver. “She’s the grande dame of promotion for designers. She’s been extraordinary at putting that aspect of the business in play. She’s political, she’s savvy, she’s fun. Mr. Armani is blessed to have her in that role, a role she created and put on the map.”
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive