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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.
May 20, 2010 5:17 PM


The Next Big Thing


Last night, WWD hit Creative Time's annual Spring Benefit Gala, held at Jing Fong banquet hall in Chinatown. While guests such as Chuck Close, Klaus Biesenbach, Beth Rudin DeWoody and evening honorees Andrea and Marc Glimcher of Pace Gallery mingled and munched on dim sum, we took the opportunity to ask their picks for the art world's next big star.

After the jump, the results:

May 13, 2010 7:13 PM

Eye, Fashion, Men's

Kellan Lutz: Ab Fab

On Saturday, actor Kellan Lutz will be at Macy's Herald Square to promote his provocative Calvin Klein Underwear campaign. And where the "Twilight" heartthrob goes, lots of braced-faced, elbow-swinging tweens, clamoring for a peek at the hunk's now famous abs, will follow.

WWD spoke with the rookie sex symbol about superstardom and what it's like to be photographed in your skivvies.

WWD: So the next Twilight installment, "Eclipse," comes out next month, how do you prepare for all the craziness that comes with that?
Kellan Lutz: I really look at it as going to Six Flags or an amusement park. The first time, you don't realize what that long line of people waiting there is for, so when you get out of the car and everyone is screaming your name it's like, 'Oh my god.' It's surreal. But after the second time around, you realize you can't really prepare for it. You just know it's going to be one of the biggest moments and best memories of your life.
Keri Russell
Theo Wargo/WireImage
Keri Russell braved the January chill Thursday night at the Cinema Society screening of her latest film "Extraordinary Measures." Russell stars opposite Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser in the tearjerker based on the real life story of a couple who enlists an experimental medical researcher to find a cure for their two ailing children.

Not surprisingly, the actress had kind words for Aileen Crowley, the woman on whom her character is based. "She's amazing and funny and self-deprecating," Russell cooed.
January 12, 2010 6:36 PM

Eye, Media

Amy Adams and Co. Take a Leap

Amy Adams
photo courtesy of Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage
Amy Adams, Matthew Goode and John Lithgow were among the cast on hand at the Directors Guild of America Theater Wednesday night for a screening of their latest flick, "Leap Year." In the romantic comedy, Adams stars as a woman who, fed-up with her boyfriend's procrastination, chases him through Ireland in an elaborate scheme to propose to him on Leap Day.

And it seems the leading men don't mind being chased. "Just as long as it doesn't involve knives or numchucks or anything like that," said Goode.
Port at the Whitney Eve Spring 2010 show.
Last Wednesday morning, WWD stopped by Point A Showroom to get a look at the latest from Whitney Eve, the new line from Whitney Port of "The City." After being beleaguered by a swarm of "City" producers hounding us to sign a release form, we got a preview of the reality star-cum-fashion designer's spring 2010 collection.

November 10, 2009 9:43 PM

Eye, Fashion

Miller Time

Sienna Miller is busy. In addition to clocking eight performances a week in "After Miss Julie" on Broadway, the actress is also co-designing her ready-to-wear collection Twenty8Twelve with her sister Savannah who lives in London. But the girls are not letting the Atlantic Ocean get between them.

"That's the wonders of modern technology. We Skype a lot," Sienna says. "There are such great vintage stores and fabric places here that I can source and send my ideas back to Savs and vice-versa."

On Monday--Sienna's only night off--the Miller sisters spoke with WWD about what's next for the British label.

WWD: Sienna, you just moved to New York temporarily and Savannah, you're visiting here for the week. How are you finding the city so far?
Sienna Miller: I love New York. I was born here so I feel like I have an affinity with the place. But I'm here just for four months doing the play.
Savannah Miller: I love the pace here. London's great but it's a sleepy town compared to New York. This is on a completely different level. The energy is so exciting and it's impossible not to get caught up in that.
November 9, 2009 9:57 AM


Designing for Dancing Stars

Karole Armitage dancers perform "Itutu" in costumes by Peter Speliopoulos.
photo by Julieta Cervantes
Typically, costume designers get into the trade hoping it will take them one step closer towards their ready-to-wear design aspirations.

But Peter Speliopoulos, Donna Karan's creative director, is taking the opposite approach. Speliopoulos, who has also designed for Christian Dior, Carolyne Roehm and Cerruti, created the costumes for Itutu, choreographer Karole Armitage's latest production. Itutu premiered Friday at the dance company's Armitage Gone! annual gala held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York
New Yorkers will never look out their windows the same way again.

In his latest work, "City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York," illustrator Matteo Pericoli has recreated the city landscape as seen from the offices and homes of renowned urban dwellers including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mario Batali and Philip Glass.

October 28, 2009 1:24 PM


On Target: NYC Art Battles

Two months ago, while all of Manhattan was in a frenzy over Fashion's Night Out, two artists at Intermix engaged in an art battle. While shoppers watched, the painters smothered mannequins in neon yellow, sky blue and gold lacquer. While it helped stir up excitement for the night itself, the demonstration was also being taped for the Web series "RADAR: Art Battles," which starts its second season today.

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