Aja Naomi King, Andie MacDowell, Elle Fanning, Eva Longoria and Liya Kebede attend L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Celebration 2017 on December 6, 2017 in New York City.
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L’Oréal Paris USA on Wednesday night held its 12th annual Women of Worth dinner at the Pierre Hotel.The celebration — which honors 10 women who spearhead charitable initiatives in their local communities around the country — is typically an emotional one, punctuated by L’Oréal Paris-branded tissues placed at each table setting. But this year’s festivities — taking place amidst the onslaught of sexual assault allegations sweeping Hollywood and the New York media scene — were underscored by a more intense girl power vibe than in years past.“This is the year of women and you can’t silence us — we’re half the population and we need to be respected,” said Elle Fanning.The actress, who wore a lace Miu Miu dress to walk the red carpet, is one of L’Oréal’s youngest brand ambassadors.“In my family, my grandmother lives with us — my aunt, my mom and my sister. There are so many powerful women in my life, like my ballet teacher is really inspiring to me,” said Fanning on the women who inspire her. “Nicole Kidman…[she] is someone I’ve always wanted to meet and she was above and beyond anything I could have imagined. It’s exciting when you get to meet women, especially in the film industry that are your role models and you can look up to them and mold yourself after [them].”Other notable guests included Eva Longoria, Gayle King, Ariana Huffington, Ashley Benson of “Pretty Little Liars,” Hoda Kotb and longtime L’Oréal brand ambassador Andie MacDowell.As is tradition, a different celebrity spokesperson introduced each honoree. This year’s Women of Worth ranged from a Stanford student who founded a sustainable system that collects used cooking oil from restaurants and converts it into biofuel to heat homes for local families, to two victims of human trafficking who each founded organizations to help other victims.Most presenters found it difficult not to make reference to current events. “Sometimes in life, you have to put your big girl panties [on] and never give up — shout-out to Hoda,” King quipped onstage, in a thinly veiled reference to the recent firing of Kotb’s "Today" show costar, Matt Lauer.But the dinner presentations revolved primarily around the honorees, each of whom made their own impassioned speeches.“It’s important to lift up fellow ladies that are doing amazing things and also know that you don’t need to be rich and famous to be making a difference,” said Longoria. “People have their eyes on Hollywood, but this pervasive problem happens everywhere. It’s nice for us to put the spotlight on these extraordinary women doing extraordinary things.”L’Oreal Paris donated a $10,000 grant to each honoree. Shandra Woworuntu, founder of Mentari, an organization that provides services and assistance to human trafficking victims, was named National Honoree and was awarded an additional $25,000 for her initiative.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)