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  • lucy1211

    mumbled "Industry Attends Love Heals Gala"

    4 years agoReply
    The 2014 gala honored John Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund; Dannijo’s Danielle Snyder and Jodie Snyder Morel, and Bronson van Wyck, founder of Workshop of the World and Van Wyck & Van Wyck.

    “This is an amazing organization, and MAC has been involved with it since 2000, for 14 years, and funnily enough I actually vaguely knew Alison Gertz back in the day when I first came to New York,” said Demsey, who said he recalled meeting Gertz at Studio 54. “They’ve been asking me for a long time to do something with the event, and I was thrilled to be able to do so.”

    When asked why this was the year he agreed to be honored, Demsey grinned, “Dini von Mueffling [one of the event cofounders] has a lot of perseverance.”

    All kidding aside, Demsey said, “It’s a very worthy organization. They have incredible outreach to young girls, they do great work in the city and inner city, and I love the positive spirit they surround everything with. For something that’s not a very happy topic, they’ve managed to put a lot of love in. It’s a beautiful event, and it’s the part of the job that makes it all worthwhile.”

    During cocktail hour, executives like HSN chief executive officer Mindy Grossman chatted about their respective businesses.

    “What we are seeing as the trend in our business is we have to be much more like an editorial network. So I’m trying to change all the programming to be as editorial as possible,” said Grossman, alluding to her Thursday night show “Beauty Report,” which she said has been driving sales. “It’s taken on a life of its own, and now we’ve done live audience and its our highest viewed, highest social engagement [program]. It’s our favorite thing.”

    Grossman went on to discuss how this year’s truncated winter and spring seasons are affecting business, and shared HSN’s renewed focus on indie brands.

    “We are looking to always maximize the productivity of our core brands, some of which have been on the network for 20 years,” she said, underscoring that new brand discovery has been a key focus at HSN. “Were looking to grow emerging brands that we think have growth potential. And were always looking to launch new, exciting products that can grow into bigger businesses.”

    Theo Spilka, vice president of new business development and licensing worldwide at Firmenich, also spoke over canapés and cocktails to WWD about the wild success of the One Direction franchise.

    “Our One Direction business is absolutely through the roof. It set all new records, and it’s only now just rolled out to mass,” he said. “It blew away Bieber many months ago, and Bieber had set new records when it launched. It totally revived the category. This has broken all records internationally.”

    When asked to why he thinks the group’s scent has emerged as a blockbuster, Spilka said it is due to its broad appeal.

    “It’s the fact that they’re based in Europe and the fact that this was the only time that a five-group on one product in women’s could work like it did,” said Spilka, about the business which insiders estimate has generated more than $70 million wholesale globally. Spilka declined to comment on numbers.

    The evening, emceed by InStyle’s Hal Rubenstein, drew the likes of Rachel Roy, Kelly Rutherford, Kyle Maclachlan, Geraldo Rivera, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Natalie Morales, Alina Cho, Sophie B. Hawkins, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Julie Macklowe and Mary-Louise Parker, who brought friend and stylist Jeff Mahshie as her plus-one.

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  • lucy1211

    mumbled "DVF’s Journey Of A Dress Exhibition Opening Party"

    4 years agoReply

    It’s a fashion shower when Diane von Furstenberg celebrates anything and everything. The designer celebrated her 40 years of the wrap dress in Los Angeles. The evening included the first ladies of fashion Anna Wintour, Coco Rocha, and Diane herself. To celebrate with the ladies, Bravo’s Andy Cohen co-hosted the evening. Alexander von Furstenberg, Alexandra von Furstenberg and Tatiana von Furstenberg joined in on the opening celebration. Rosario Dawson, Gia Coppola, The Hiltons, Whitney Port, Andre Leon Tally, Bella Thorne, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Ellis Ross, Rachel Roy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Igga Azelea and a few others also attended.

    The designer and president of the Fashion Council of America, curated the retrospective with Exhibition Designer, Bill Katz, Production Designer, Stefan Beckman, and Fashion Curator, Michael Herz. The exhibit showcases vintage and contemporary DVF wraps, with a timeline chronicling the journey of the iconic dress—from the first sample to a world-renowned symbol of power and freedom for entire generations of women. Limited Edition anniversary dresses created for the exhibition are also on display.

    Diane says, “I was 26 when I created the wrap dress,” says Diane von Furstenberg, “I had no idea it would become such a phenomenon. I am excited and thrilled to have chosen Los Angeles to celebrate the four decades of The Journey of a Dress.”

    The exhibit will continue through April 2014 and is open to the public inside the Wilshire May Company Building, the former home of the famous May Co department store and the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

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