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Mr Chow Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Ricky Martin, Heidi Klum, Al Pacino and More

Angelenos rang in the Chinese New Year in style Friday night as Michael Chow, the restaurateur, artist and collector, hosted an epic dinner and dancing party to celebrate Mr Chow’s 50th anniversary. The celebration, held at Chow’s art studio in downtown Los Angeles, drew a lengthy list of friends including Ricky Martin, Heidi Klum, Al Pacino, Stevie Wonder, Chris Rock, Quincy Jones, Adrien Brody and Olivia Wilde. “I feel like I’m living the Eighties all over again,” exclaimed Eric Buterbaugh, as Jerry Hall, Anjelica Huston, Tatum O’Neal, Kenny Scharf and Billy Idol made their way inside.
Surrounded by his children Asia, China and Maximilian, and his new partner Vanessa Rano, Chow, seated in the crook of a giant white sectional setee, played impresario in the 57,000 square-foot converted warehouse, whose back courtyard was transformed into an outsize dining room, lounge and discoteque, complete with a black and white checkerboard floor and Andy Warhol silver pillow balloon-lined ceiling.
“Dad, Quincy is ready to eat. Do you want to come over to his table and say hi?,” said China of the music mogul family friend. “No, no. I will sit here; let everyone come over to me,” he replied.
The Hollywood contingent

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Reeling from New Allegations, Accused Hit Back, Brands Strategize

As five more fashion photographers and a well-established stylist have come under fire for alleged sexual misconduct, the accused and some of the clients they work with are proceeding with caution.
Fashion executives and designers continued to reel Monday from the bombshell exposé by The Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team last week that highlighted allegations against photographers Patrick Demarchelier, David Bellemere, Greg Kadel, Seth Sabal and Andre Passos and stylist Karl Templer. The Globe’s reporters interviewed more than 50 models — mostly female — who “made credible allegations of sexual misconduct against at least 25 photographers, agents, stylists, casting directors and other industry professionals,” the story stated. The article only identified the six men, however.
Each of the accused denied the claims in the Globe article, while the brands and magazines they have worked with have adopted different strategies. Many brands declined to comment at all about what actions they might take. But following inquiries from the Globe, Condé Nast said it had severed ties with Demarchelier and Condé Nast International has done the same with Kadel “for the foreseeable future.”
Bellemere repeatedly insisted his innocence in an interview with WWD on Sunday. Templer also stated his case in a letter to WWD

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Chef Massimo Bottura on the Gucci Connection, His New Book and Staying Fresh

“It’s like ‘Game of Thrones, no?” jokes Massimo Bottura of his wolf motif T-shirt. The animalia was courtesy of Gucci, which is run by his old grade school chum Marco Bizzarri. The two, along with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, have collaborated on a range of projects, the latest of which is the Osteria at Gucci Garden in Florence, opened last month.
“We shared the same desk for five years in high school. He was living like 15 kilometers from Modena, and usually he was spending time in my house, to do homework and study, or he was calling my mom directly and she was cooking for everyone,” Bottura says of Bizzarri. At the time, Bottura was a serious soccer player but he quit sports to focus on his studies in order to become a lawyer and work in the family oil business. His mother, he says, was the one who pushed him to follow his passion for food.
Did Bizzarri exhibit signs of fashion savvy early on? “Not really,” recalls Bottura. “Marco was a very, very nice and straight guy, wearing jeans, a Barracuda and a T-shirt, as everyone did in the Seventies. He was very into numbers, he was very

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Photographer David Bellemere Disputes Claims of Sexual Misconduct With Models, Maps Precautions for the Industry

Photographer David Bellemere repeatedly denied accusations that he forcibly kissed a Victoria’s Secret model and propositioned a Lord & Taylor one by sending a bondage image via Instagram after a shoot. But fashion and beauty clients wasted no time dropping him and hundreds of Instagrammers have been quick to condemn him, in response to The Boston Globe’s investigative article that alleged sexual misconduct by him and other well-known photographers.
Bellemere arrived for an interview looking wan in a gray Champion sweatshirt, jeans and black Doc Martens. Folding his 6-foot-3-inch frame onto a rickety chair in a Union Square coffee shop, the photographer spoke emphatically about how his career is tanking in the wake of the Spotlight team-led article in the Globe. At one point covering his tear-stained eyes, and later hauling on an electronic cigarette for reenforcement, Bellemere composed himself enough to spell out guidelines to safeguard models, photographers and the people who employ them. “I had jobs until June and they all have been postponed or suspended. They want to see what will happen. I can lose everything. It’s not like a job today. It’s like every job of my career,” he said.
“There is due process. We have something called

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2018 BAFTA Film Awards: The Red Carpet

Absolutely BAFTA: Joanna Lumley of “Absolutely Fabulous” will be hosting the 71st British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, this will mark the first time a female has hosted the event in 17 years. The award show will be broadcasted on BBC One at 9 p.m.
The night will be dominated by women in the film industry — as they are all coming together dressed in black, ahead of the Time’s Up movement and the signing of an open letter published in The Observer. In the midst of London Fashion Week, this highlights a crucial time for British solidarity post-Brexit.
The public will be able to shop the star’s looks via BAFTA sponsor EE’s Instagram story in a special shop the look feature.
Sally Hawkins and Frances McDormand’s films “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were the talking points with Hawkins’ film receiving 12 nominations, including best actress. Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “Lady Bird,” is up for three awards.
This year’s BAFTAs shed a new light on LGBTQ filmmaking with “Call Me by Your Name” getting four nods and “God’s Own Country” making a debut in the Outstanding British Film category. EE will be sponsoring the public

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U.K.’s Top Actresses Declare ‘Time’s Up’

SISTER ACTS: Emma Watson is among 190 prominent British and Irish actresses who signed an open letter in Britain’s The Observer newspaper on Sunday. Headlined “Sisters, This Is Our Moment to Say Time’s Up,” the letter laments the multiple injustices women face in the film industry, including a pay gap and sexual abuse.
In the wake of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, it states, “Perhaps Time’s Up seems a million miles away to you – started by a group of women with privilege. The truth is, we are all workers, and whether we’re in the limelight or in the shadows, our voices matter.”
Ahead of Sunday night’s BAFTA awards, 27-year-old Watson has donated 1 million pounds to the U.K. Justice and Equality Fund, a fund that is crowdfunding to pay for services to support female victims of harassment in the workplace. She and her coactors are inviting everyone to donate and to “spread the word to others and be a catalyst for change.”
In 2014, Watson gave a speech at the HeforShe campaign founded by U.N. Women in a bid to encourage men and boys to recognize inequality against women and to speak up about it.
Leading signatories such as Rosamund Pike, Kate

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Charles Finch Hosts Pre-BAFTA Dinner at Mark’s Club

ON THE MARK: Mark’s Club may have replaced Annabel’s as the venue for Charles Finch’s annual pre-BAFTA dinner as Annabel’s undergoes a 55 million-pound refurbishment — but the usual mariachi band that’s greeted Finch’s guests at the dinner for 19 years gave a sense of continuity for guests as they filtered into the venue on Saturday night.
Held the night before the BAFTA, or British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, Finch’s annual dinners have become the stuff of after-dark legend, a famously intimate evening and the man himself as host and commander of the night. The events have previously welcomed the likes of Cate Blanchett, Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Leonardo di Caprio.
Although nominees planned to take to the ceremony’s red carpet in black to support the #MeToo movement, the sartorial spectrum was slightly broader at Mark’s Club. Margot Robbie, up for the Leading Actress award for “I, Tonya,” chose a white tweed minidress, trimmed with marabou, while Poppy Delevingne worked a waspy Fifties vibe in turquoise capri pants and a matching top. “Lady Bird” screenwriter Greta Gerwig glistened in gold organza, all by Chanel, which partnered with Finch as host.
After dinner, actress Amber Anderson revealed a few hidden

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VIDEO: Daphne Guinness Performs Song From Upcoming Album During NYFW

Designers David and Phillipe Blond made a cameo in Daphne Guinness’ music video for “Electric Consciousness” released last month, and during New York Fashion Week, Guinness returned the favor. The stylish multihyphenate 50-year-old showed up as the finale for their runway show at Spring Studios, modeling a sequined purple catsuit before taking the mic to perform “Riot,” a single from her upcoming second studio album “Daphne & The Golden Chord.”
“It’s all done to analog tape,” Guinness said of the new album, which comes out April 20. “It’s all done mostly live, and there are 41 musicians in it. It’s all real. Written by me from beginning to end, huge subtext.”
For Guinness, the appeal of The Blonds is fairly straightforward: “The glamour,” she said. “I live for a catsuit, I live for sequins.”
Her pivot to a musical career — her first album, “Optimist in Black,” came out in 2016 — is not a departure, but rather a syncing of her interests.
“It’s all linked, everything’s linked: art, music, it all dovetails,” she said. “I couldn’t think about one without the other. I don’t think about fashion when I’m doing music, and vice versa.”
Here, a look at Guinness’ performance for The Blonds during the

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Patrick Demarchelier, Karl Templer and Others Alleged to Have Mistreated Models in Boston Globe Story

A damaging exposé by The Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative team has alleged sexual misconduct by five more fashion photographers.
Patrick Demarchelier, David Bellemere, Greg Kadel, Seth Sabal and Andre Passos are the photographers who have been accused, as well as stylist Karl Templer. Each denied the claims in The Boston Globe article. In addition, “many complained that they can’t fully defend themselves when the Globe protects the identities of alleged victims, including by not always disclosing names, dates and locations to them,” the story stated.
WWD’s requests for further comment from each of the accused were not immediately responded to Friday afternoon.
The Globe’s Jenn Abelson and Sacha Pfeiffer interviewed more than 50 models — mostly female — who “made credible allegations of sexual misconduct against at least 25 photographers, agents, stylists, casting directors and other industry professionals. In many instances, Spotlight reporters verified the accounts with third parties or examined records such as e-mails.” Nearly 60 percent of models interviewed by the Globe said “they had been touched inappropriately during work-related situations, the violations ranging from unwanted kissing to rape,” according to the story.
The bombshell investigative story follows other reports of photographers allegedly sexually mistreating models. Last fall, Condé Nast said it

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Artist Silvia Prada Fêtes Tom of Finland-Inspired Book in New York

NEW YORK — Silvia Prada beamed as friends gathered Thursday evening in celebration of “Tom,” her latest limited-edition book of pencil sketches done in collaboration with the Tom of Finland Foundation and based on the late Touko Laaksonen’s homoerotic oeuvre.
“It took a little while to find this space for the party,” said the Spanish-born artist of Participant Inc., a nonprofit art gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. “I wanted something downtown, so this is perfect.”
Given the provocative nature of Prada’s latest release, the location on East Houston Street proved to be the ideal venue for the launch party. Once a gay bathhouse, some of the gallery’s richly patina-ed walls bear bullet holes from a Nineties drug raid. Much more tame with recent years of gentrification, the walls now house a retrospective from pioneering transgender artist and performer Jayne County, a fixture in the glam and punk rock scenes of the Seventies, whose art — like that of Tom of Finland’s — is filled with depictions of the male anatomy.
“It’s perfect,” noted DJ Honey Dijon of the no-frills venue. “It’s a New York situation. The message of ‘Tom’ is freedom without shame or guilt. It’s about celebrating sexuality that’s not defined

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Artist Silvia Prada Fêtes Tom of Finland-Inspired Book in New York

NEW YORK — Silvia Prada beamed as friends gathered Thursday evening in celebration of “Tom,” her latest limited-edition book of pencil sketches done in collaboration with the Tom of Finland Foundation and based on the late Touko Laaksonen’s homoerotic oeuvre.
“It took a little while to find this space for the party,” said the Spanish-born artist of Participant Inc., a nonprofit art gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. “I wanted something downtown, so this is perfect.”
Given the provocative nature of Prada’s latest release, the location on East Houston Street proved to be the ideal venue for the launch party. Once a gay bathhouse, some of the gallery’s richly patina-ed walls bear bullet holes from a Nineties drug raid. Much more tame with recent years of gentrification, the walls now house a retrospective from pioneering transgender artist and performer Jayne County, a fixture in the glam and punk rock scenes of the Seventies, whose art — like that of Tom of Finland’s — is filled with depictions of the male anatomy.
“It’s perfect,” noted DJ Honey Dijon of the no-frills venue. “It’s a New York situation. The message of ‘Tom’ is freedom without shame or guilt. It’s about celebrating sexuality that’s not defined

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Finding Love With Zosia Mamet

Zosia Mamet hopes we all fall in love again with romantic comedies.
In her latest project, “The Boy Downstairs,” the actress plays Diana, a New Yorker who unwittingly moves in above an ex-boyfriend after having broken his heart. The script, written by 28-year-old filmmaker Sophie Brooks, immediately struck Mamet as having the qualities of “old school” romantic comedies, a genre she says has fallen by the wayside.
“I love films like ‘When Harry Met Sally,’ ‘Annie Hall,’ ‘You’ve Got Mail,’” explains Mamet. “I feel like that genre has been a bit lost. We’ve all gotten very, very cynical. We wanted to make a movie that felt real and is funny, but also tugs at your heartstrings.”
Although now married, the 30-year-old sees how technology has changed the way romantic connections are developed in the insta-swipe era of matchmaking. “A lot of the magic has been sucked out of dating with the Internet,” she opines. “It’s very sterile now [and it’s all about] ‘if your stats match with my stats then we’ll meet at this place at this particular time.’ The structure of a romantic comedy doesn’t really apply that much to real life, but I also feel that’s why [the genre] is so

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House of the Week: Too Faced Execs’ Beverly Hills House

As husbands go, Too Faced cofounder and chief creative officer Jerrod Blandino, is a pretty generous one. Not only did he buy his husband a 1937 Beverly Hills house as a 20th anniversary gift, he also fully decorated it before handing over the surprise.
In the spirit of full disclosure, though, his husband Jeremy Johnson, who cofounfed Too Faced with Blandino in the Nineties and is the beauty giant’s chief executive officer, is also extremely generous, gifting him a 21-karat custom Cartier diamond for the special anniversary.
But back to the house in question. After buying the two-bedroom home from Who What Wear cofounder Katherine Power for $2.44 million, Blandino hired interior designer Robin Strickler from Orange County-based Design Works to deck it out in his and Johnson’s signature style, while maintaining its old Beverly Hills charm.
“I completely remodeled and decorated it so it felt a little more like us. I wanted it to be a glamorous place where we could have a cocktail with friends and to celebrate,” he told WWD. “It has a very happy Champagne with a swizzle stick retro glamorous style to it.”
And their beauty brand, which they sold to The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. for $1.45 billion in 2016, was

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They Are…Bringing Back the Runway Twirl and Sitting Out the Parties

They Are…Bringing Back the Runway Twirl
The nostalgia for the Eighties and Nineties has extended past the clothes and into the runway walk. Yes, the twirl is back.
Giving one of the most dramatic — and most-Instagrammable — moments on the runway was Kaia Gerber at Anna Sui, who perfectly mimicked the mid-strut spin her mother so famously pulled off on runways such as Gianni Versace’s.
The day before, Karlie Kloss added a dramatic twist to her walk at Brandon Maxwell, and the women on the runway for Christian Siriano on Saturday were adding flair to their walks right and left.
Have we finally left behind the stoney, strict walk of the Aughts?

They Are…Not in the Party Mood
Yes, it’s February and, yes, that always means fewer nighttime commitments — it’s usually cold, remember? — but things were unusually quiet this time around. Whereas September parties like Alexander Wang’s #wangover, Paper Magazine’s Dave & Buster’s soiree and Juicy Couture x Galore kept guests out until the wee hours of the morning — and in fact had us begging for a tamer itinerary of events — parties this New York Fashion Week had us home before midnight with little to discuss. Sure, Bottega Veneta

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Tommy Hilfiger’s ‘Scratch and Sniff’ Manse Receives Another Price Cut

Tommy Hilfiger’s “scratch and sniff” Miami manse just got another markdown, but you still need to be a multimillionaire to buy it.
The colorful Pop Art-themed Golden Beach abode is now on sale for $23.5 million and while it’s certainly not a bargain, it’s still a better deal than the $27.5 million price tag the house had when it hit the market a year ago (it got another price cut in between).
Hilfiger and his wife, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, paid a little over $17 million for the seven-bedroom oceanfront spread in 2013 and have put their own stamp — and smell on it — with the help of famed interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
Indeed, the results can be described as a work of art, with many of the rooms in the modern structure decorated in vibrant candy colors, such as a psychedelic red movie theater and Pop Art-style bedrooms, solidifying the Sixties/Seventies disco theme.
Hilfiger’s office, meanwhile, has been decked out in the namesake retailer’s recognizable blue, red and white colors, while his vast and impressive art collection, including pieces by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, is displayed throughout the house (but of course, not included in the sale).
And it’s not just the vibrant

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Historic Hangout Kettner’s Gets a Dose of Soho House Style

LONDON — Tucked away in a quiet corner in Soho, Kettner’s has long been a much-loved London haunt, with a VIP list that reads like a 20th-century Who’s Who: Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde, Bing Crosby and Margaret Thatcher.
Opened in 1867 by August Kettner, said to have been the chef to Napoleon III, it’s just been revamped by Nick Jones, founder and chief executive officer of Soho House, who bought it last year. Renamed Kettner’s Townhouse, the space now boasts 33 bedrooms, as well as a restaurant and Champagne bar.
It’s the second open-to-the public hotel and restaurant by Soho House Group, after Dean Street Townhouse, and Jones said he wanted to ensure it felt both accessible and glamorous.
“It’s for everyone,” he said. “I didn’t want it to feel inaccessibly fancy, so it’s relaxed, but with a bit of old Soho glamour. I’ve been looking at the history of Kettner’s since we bought it, and it’s so much fun bringing it back and putting something August Kettner hopefully would be proud of in there.”

Inside Kettner’s Townhouse.
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A lot of the restaurant’s original features, including the 18th-century spiral staircase leading to the upstairs private bedrooms, the Champagne bar’s mosaic tiled floor

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Alibaba Releases Jack Ma Feature Film “Gong Shou Dao” Globally

HONG KONG—Jack Ma is a billionaire businessman, philanthropist, former English teacher, occasional moonwalker, and now add movie star to the list.
Alibaba Pictures, the entertainment arm of the tech giant he founded, announced the released of the martial arts flick “Gong Shou Dao” on Friday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.
Starring kung fu expert and “Lethal Weapon 4” star Jet Li, the film is a tribute to the Chinese art of tai chi. The storyline follows Ma, as he stumbles upon martial arts masters from around the world and tests through eight disciplines—tai chi, tae kwon do, wing chun, sumo, boxing, free combat, snap kick, and muay thai. In the movie, Ma takes on some of kung fu’s most famous faces Donnie Yen, Wu Jing, Tony Jaa, Sammo Hung, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.

A “Gong Shou Dao” movie poster.
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While the film was made available in China in November, it’s only just now debuting online to international audiences for free on the website: http://www.gongshoudao.com.
Wei Zhang, president of Alibaba Pictures, said: “GSD is a celebration of Chinese culture, martial arts and all that they represent. We’re proud to be launching this film across the world, especially on

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Michael Kors Celebrates David Downton Collab With Valentine’s Day Dinner

On Valentine’s Day evening, the West Village outpost of J.G. Melon wasn’t a factory of two-top tables but it was still a scene of amity, the intimate dining room packed with Michael Kors’ nearest and dearest friends and supporters.
“Today the whole idea was the show was all about what I love, and then to finish tonight, it’s my neighborhood canteen,” said Kors, who debuted his latest runway collection earlier in the day at Lincoln Center. “For us to be able to come in and turn it into J.G. ‘Downton’ instead, is pretty fun.”
The party was toasting the designer’s collaboration with David Downton; Kors had rendered the fashion illustrator’s sketches into printed dresses. The pair met after Kors sat for a portrait at Claridge’s in London, where Downton is the hotel’s resident illustrator. “I loved it, and I’m terribly difficult looking at pictures of myself,” Kors recalled of the portrait session. “What I love also is he captures people’s essence without it being so photo realistic — it’s really gestural.”
After Kors’ show, Downton may just have a new legion of fans.
“People love them,” the designer said of post-show reaction to the collaborative pieces. “I had a lot of women there who

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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Kors Waves Goodbye to One of His West Village Condos

Michael Kors may have been busy preparing for his star-studded Valentine’s Day fashion show with Blake Lively, Emily Blunt and Zendaya among the A-listers in the front row, but that didn’t stop him from making real estate moves in his downtime.
The 58-year-old designer just sold one of his two apartments in Manhattan’s West Village to a mystery buyer masked through an LLC for $7.6 million in an off-market deal, according to property records.
Unfortunately for those hoping to take a peek at the former “Project Runway” judge’s no doubt stylish interior designs, there are no listing images of the apartment because it wasn’t publicly listed for sale.
In fact, little is known about the abode apart from that it has two bedrooms, 2,224 square feet of indoor living space, a lavish 1,500-square-foot landscaped terrace with impressive city views and that the previous owner was comedic commentator Jon Stewart, who sold it to Kors for close to $4 million in 2005.
The apartment is housed in The Greenwich, a 12-story pre-war building that fittingly for Kors started life as a department store and was turned into a 67-unit condominium building in 2001. The building includes a doorman, a roof deck for residents with 360-degree panoramic

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