WU-ING THE CROWD: “I’ll never be about the $20,000 phantom dress that no one wears,” said Jason Wu, who was the guest of honor at a small dinner hosted by Net-a-Porter.com Tuesday night at Blakes in London. “I try to walk that fine line between commercial, editorial and runway looks.” The crowd, mostly editors and private clients — including Sly Bailey, chief executive of the U.K.’s largest newspaper publisher, Trinity Mirror — were all wowed by the designer’s kudos at the tender age of 26. But Wu was having none of it. “I’m going to be 27 this year,” he said. The designer was on a flying visit to London, a place he hadn’t seen since he was a teenager. “The city is so chic — I love all the low buildings.”
IF THE SHOE FITS: Only in a fairytale would luxury brands like Jimmy Choo give away glamorous footwear. Or for a fairytale-inspired charity, that is.
Enter the Cinderella Project, where stylists, designers and fashion experts come together by donating clothing, accessories and shoes to high-school girls who otherwise couldn’t afford the apparel to attend their senior prom and other events. Each spring, the nine-year-old Los Angeles-based organization accepts donations of footwear, gowns and handbags to outfit hundreds of young, disadvantaged girls throughout Los Angeles for the upcoming prom and special event season.
A force behind the charity drive is Florence Azria, wife of Joie label owner Serge Azria (brother of BCBG’s Max), who’s a footwear fanatic herself — she runs The Shoe Goddess, a blog dedicated to luxury footwear.
“It’s such an amazing thing to see these girls feel so good about themselves, and they deserve to. How can you not love that?” Azria said. Jimmy Choo, BCBG, Chinese Laundry and Payless Shoe Source have already donated hundreds of pairs of shoes for the project’s 2009 collection drive, which will take place May 1.
BODY BY ANYA: Fashion showrooms are typically pristine, rarefied places where products are carefully displayed on glossy shelves. But on Monday night, Anya Hindmarch’s Meatpacking District studio in Manhattan was transformed into a gym for a boot camp led by fashion favorite (and Equinox trainer) Lacey Stone. Among girls there to get sweaty were house model Poppy Delevingne and “Gossip Girl” star Nicole Fiscella — who, despite her tiny frame, won the push-up competition and was arguably the fastest in the multifloor stair run. The session, the second in a series, was inspired by the weekly fitness class the designer hosts at her London office. Of course, it wouldn’t be an Anya Hindmarch event if it wasn’t properly accessorized — there were Anya-branded yoga mats and tank tops reading “Anya’s Gym Class: Bags & Biceps.” After happily huffing and puffing their way through star jumps, squat holds and endless lunges, the group gathered for a nutrition session courtesy of Heather Bauer, founder of Nu-Train. Among her tips? Always leave three quarters of your plate empty and put your knife and fork down at least three times during the meal.