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.
“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