On The Avenue

A Century of WWD

by AVENUE insider Photographed by CLINT SPAULDING/Patrick McMullan
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cipriani on 42nd Street was literally the most fashionable spot in town last night as every single fashion person on the planet showed up to celebrate a century (can you believe it?) of WWD. There were tableaux throughout the space highlighting the history of the daily style bible. So who was there to toast “WWD @ 100”? (Who wasn’t is really the question).

I spotted: Ralph Lauren, Katie Lee, Richard Chai, Olivia Chantecaille, Graydon Carter, Fern Mallis, Prabal Gurung, Ann Caruso, Michael Kors, Mary Alice Stephenson, Alber Elbaz, Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman (together, squashing the rumor that Craig was leaving their label Marchesa), Reed and Delphine Krakoff, Padma Lakshmi, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Dennis Basso, Jessica Szhor (shockingly the only Gossip Girl star at the party), John Varvatos, Aerin Lauder, Timo Weiland, Anna Sui, Isaac Mizrahi, Stacey Bendet, Adam Lippes, Rachel Roy, Rafe Totengco, John Demsey with Cornelia Guest on his arm, Bibhu Mohapatra, Vera Wang, Stefano Tonchi, Amy Astley, Joe Zee, Marc Jacobs, Catherine Malandrino, Carlos Souza, Zani Gugelmann, Nicole Miller, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Christian Cota, Nina Griscom, Norma Kamali, Francisco Costa, Marjorie Gubelmann, Bonnie Morrison, Yigal Azrouel, Veronica Webb, J. Errico, Dani Stahl, Thakoon, the “Proenza boys,” Simon Doonan, Diane Von Furstenberg, dapper DJ Cassidy, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Cynthia Rowley, Chris Constable, Bronson Van Wyck, Andrew Fry, Tamara Mellon, Elettra Wiedemann, Iman, Elie Tahari, Betsey Johnson, Erin Fetherston, Petra Nemcova and Narciso Rodriguez.

Ouch! My fingers hurt now. But wait – there is more  – Carolina Herrera brought daughter Patricia Lansing as her date and Marisa Berenson brought daughter Starlite as her plus one. Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles showed up early and left early (fashionably early is the new fashionably late). And Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen are both so blonde and were draped in so much black fur that you really can’t tell them apart. Karen Elson sang “Happy Birthday” a-la Marilyn Monroe, and the crowd kept slugging back those tasty bellinis.

Here’s to another 100 WWD. XOXO.


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