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CULTURE CLUB: “I couldn’t believe it. It was 2009. The economy just crashed, Women’s Wear had a daring spread on how people could still dress with an edge, and they ran a picture of me!” said Annika Connor, who was photographed back then in a Marie Antoinette-style poufy gown with a corset, at the Dangerous Liaisons-themed Young Fellows Ball.
Connor was in the crowd of 300 celebrating WWD’s 100 years of publishing on Thursday night, fittingly held at another institution with equal longevity, the landmarked National Arts Club, founded in 1898 as a gathering place for artists, writers and patrons. One of the club’s newest members, actress Carroll Baker, got sentimental, mentioning that she’s the last surviving star of the blockbuster movie “Giant,” which also starred Rock Hudson, James Dean, Dennis Hopper and of course Elizabeth Taylor. But Baker still talked fashion and her modest ways. “Liz was so extravagant. I couldn’t keep up with her. She’d say, ‘Carroll, where are your diamonds?’ and I’d say, ‘No way, I’m just a simple person.’”
Later, the crowd shifted to NAC’s Grand Gallery where Fashion Committee chair Chrishaunda Lee presented WWD with its Citation of Merit.