FASHION AT THE GROVE: Los Angeles will try to revive its runway season Thursday with a series of fashion events at The Grove outdoor lifestyle center. Dubbed “Fashion @ The Grove,” the kickoff consists of a runway presentation with local designers Cynthia Vincent of Twelfth Street; Michelle Mason of Mason; John Whitledge, Jon Rose and Sara Mehrkhast of Trovata; Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia; Jason Belick and Jamie Haller of ever, and Ali Fatourechi of Genetic Denim.
The inaugural program focuses on designers who sell at Barneys New York Co-op. The event is open to the public, but seats along the runway will go to “platinum level” Grove customers who drop $25,000 or more annually at the shopping center. The shows begin at 9 p.m. — A.R.K. SPOTLIGHT ON OTIS: Luxury retailers, skateboarders, entertainment execs and fashionistas gathered this month for Otis College of Art and Design’s annual gala in Beverly Hills. Like many award shows shaken by the economy, the Los Angeles school’s 27th annual fashion show on May 2 at the Beverly Hilton adopted a more subdued tone. Gone were the Cirque du Soleil acrobats along with the live cellist serenading models.
But almost 800 guests — including designers Kevan Hall, Juan Carlos Obando, Todd Oldham (in a beard and track jacket) and John Martens, vice president and general manager of Neiman Marcus’ Beverly Hills store — attended to help raise about $1 million for Otis’ scholarship fund.
Also attending was a crew from Nike, which has turned to Otis for more than 10 years to feed its design teams with young talent. In a sign of Nike’s relationship with the school, chief executive officer and president Mark Parker on Saturday delivered the commencement speech and received an honorary doctorate.
At the gala, Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of Nike’s action sports brand, and Sally Frame Kasaks, chairman and ceo of Pacific Sunwear of California, received this year’s Otis Creative Vision Award. Kasaks paid tribute to Dick Baker, the former Op president and Otis trustee, who died in April. “No one ever said ‘no’ to Dick,” she said. “He touched everyone with his energy, optimism, savvy.” — K.T.L.T.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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