NEW YORK — "In fashion, you must provoke. You must be provocative."
This was just a bit of fatherly advice coming from none other than 80-year-old Pierre Cardin, despite reports his business empire is in trouble. Cardin leaned far over a plate of pasta in his thick black glasses to make his point better heard to a pair of similarly bespectacled designers —with fewer years between the two of them. Did he not know he was talking to Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren?
Heck, being provocative was the theme of the night.
For its 19th annual Night of Stars on Thursday, Fashion Group International knocked the wind out of stuffy old awards ceremonies and let its participants run wild — swathed in fur and smoking at the tables. After having been denied a trio of Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, Sean Combs, wearing a Ralph Lauren suit, claimed a trophy with thank-yous to God, FGI, his mother, Jeff Tweedy, his design team, Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley, Naomi Campbell, Kal Ruttenstein, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford — "for being so sexy, Tom," — Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, "all the people in New York, and America, for letting me represent the USA." In that order.
Manolo Blahnik wheeled out Sarah Jessica Parker in a black Yves Saint Laurent gown with a big bow on her belly, even though she was due to give birth at any moment. Wintour, meanwhile, asked John Galliano to whip up a Dior look inspired by "La Bohème" in honor of Baz Luhrmann, who is directing a new stage release of the opera, and took a shot at pop diva Britney Spears as she presented his award.
"I’m still waiting for ‘Strictly Ballroom’ to revolutionize Britney’s wardrobe and choreography," Wintour said.
But things got really uncomfortable when Harvey Keitel decided to read a lengthy passage from Eve Ensler’s "Vagina Monologues," graphically describing the crusty details of childbirth and their impact upon the orifice in question. Poor Blahnik nearly squirmed right out of his seat.
"I’m beginning to wonder if I have a vagina," gasped Diane Von Furstenberg.Even the tables were controversial. Roberto Cavalli had done them up with animal-print silk napkins that, when placed upon the guests’ laps, looked as if everyone had slipped a Victoria’s Secret leopard-print thong over their Dior tuxes and gowns. At one point, Horsting was caught bobbing under his table for a bit.
"Oops," he said. "My underwear fell down."
Then, oops, they did it again. Take that, Britney.
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)