West Watch: CFDA In L.A. … Elmo Duds … All For Otis
CFDA IN L.A.: A party at Diane von Furstenberg’s Beverly Hills home Thursday night to introduce the Council of Fashion Designers of America to the Los Angeles fashion community may be the hottest ticket in town. Among the...
CFDA IN L.A.: A party at Diane von Furstenberg’s Beverly Hills home Thursday night to introduce the Council of Fashion Designers of America to the Los Angeles fashion community may be the hottest ticket in town. Among the estimated 150 guests: James Galanos, Juicy Couture’s Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Taylor, James Perse, Davis Factor, Cameron Silver, Arianne Phillips and CFDA Award nominee Nak Armstrong. Since this is DVF’s soiree, pals Christian Louboutin, Kelly Wearstler, Veronica de Laurentiis and David Geffen will also be on hand. The guest list “speaks to the breadth and depth of who we have as our members,’’ said CFDA executive director Peter Arnold. “We have emerging designers to the titans in our membership, and supporters who come from worlds that collide with fashion.”
ELMO’S DUDS: SesameWorkshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind public television’s “Sesame Street,” hopes to hang on to its former viewers with a line of fashion accessories set to hit stores in October. Familiar characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count and Oscar the Grouch are each the face of a 32-product line, ranging from plush toys and cell-phone cases to satchels and beaded change purses, aimed at teens and tweens. Wholesale prices range from $1.50 to $24 for the collection targeting stores such as Urban Outfitters and Wet Seal. Los Angeles-based Nakajima USA, the U.S. master licensee for Japan’s Sanrio, known for its “Hello Kitty” products, is the licensee of the Sesame Street line.
ALL FOR OTIS: Nike executives Mindy Grossman, vice president of global apparel, and Peter Kolsky, vice president and general manager of U.S. apparel and team sports, have had to hit the ground running since marathoner William D. Perez became chief executive officer. But that hasn’t stopped the pair from raising money for Los Angeles’ Otis College of Art & Design. They were feted during a private reception at the Nikewomen store at the Grove shopping center last month. The event was a precursor to the school’s 2005 scholarship benefit and fashion show slated for Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where Grossman and Kolsky will receive awards. Perez led executives on a morning jog at a recent company retreat. “Fortunately, it wasn’t a marathon,” Grossman said.
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)