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April 30, 2014 1:00 PM


Oscar de la Renta's Big Night

oscar-01.jpgSartorially speaking, Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to have ironed out the kinks in recent years. Though bumpy at times (her fondness for hair scrunchies, etc.), overall, she's come to a place where she knows what works for her. According to Clinton, it's thanks to designer friend Oscar de la Renta.

"This man has been working for more than 20 years to turn me into a fashion icon...despite his best efforts," she cracked on Thursday night. Clinton, wearing a chartreuse silk faille top and a pair of subdued navy trousers, was speaking to a rapt audience: friends of de la Renta who had gathered at the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom to toast the designer as he received the Medal of Excellence from Carnegie Hall.
French acteye-fanny-ardant01.jpgress Fanny Ardant has appeared in more than 50 films. At 65, she is probably best known to American audiences for playing the seductive title role, Mathilde Bauchard, in 1981's "The Woman Next Door," directed by François Truffaut, which made her a major star. Her other movies include 1983's "Confidentially Yours," also directed by Truffaut; 1996's "Pedale douce," directed by Gabriel Aghion, for which she won a Cesar award, and 2002's "Callas Forever," directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

WWD photographer Steve Eichner sees it all and shares his unique perspective from the front lines of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Buyouts, mergers, public offerings, the sale of a big stake to an outsider--these are all existential focal points in the life of any company.

Emotionally and financially charged moments, they are highly anticipated and often transformative. Later they will be recalled by former executives and dissected by dealwatchers--ourselves included--with comments like "Everything went downhill when they sold out" or "They were nothing until so and so came in and whipped them into shape."
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