The landscape of fashion may continue to change, but one thing will always stay the same — cocktail parties are bound to remain a great opportunity to put a chief executive or an elusive designer on the spot with a tricky subject. Such was the...
The landscape of fashion may continue to change, but one thing will always stay the same — cocktail parties are bound to remain a great opportunity to put a chief executive or an elusive designer on the spot with a tricky subject. Such was the case at several events surrounding the more serious matter of ceo discourse during the annual WWD/DNR CEO Summit, where guests were as likely to bump into Burt Tansky, ceo of Neiman Marcus Group, as they were a designer like Dries Van Noten, Carolina Herrera or Zac Posen.
Conversation at these things tends to stick to rating the speakers on hand, but on the heels of the election, there were broader issues facing the fashion industry, such as who the assembled guests would nominate to become the next great celebrity designer. Hal Upbin, chairman and ceo of Kellwood Co., came up with what was probably the most clever answer among the lot. After briefly considering the possibility of the late Frank Sinatra, he settled on talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
“Just think, it could be very unisex looking,” he said. “It would appeal to everyone.”
Gilbert Harrison, chairman of the investment banking firm Financo Inc., considered the possibility of today’s pop star talent and responded with a thought many others were thinking: “Your ability to sing is converse to your ability to design.”
Looking into fashion’s crystal ball has always been an amusing parlor game for industry executives, but pulling the next Jennifer Lopez or P. Diddy out of their hats proved a difficult feat. As Chet Hazzard, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Vera Wang Ltd., noted, “I think the future will become even more democratic as the years pass.”
“It’s not going to be about being a couture designer or being a celebrity designer,” Hazzard said. “It’s going to be about great product and how you put it together.”
“The future of fashion is something that is supposed to be mysterious,” added Herrera with a wink. “Fashion is mystery. You never know where you are going. It changes so quickly. It is so ephemeral. We just have to stick together and keep doing it.”— Eric Wilson
“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