Century Club

WWD Celebrates Its Milestone With a New Book


Vera Wang and Bridget Foley   
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For the launch of the new compendium WWD: 100 Years, 100 Designers, edited by Bridget Foley, plenty of designers came to pay their respects—even a few who have occasionally taken a drubbing in the fashion newspaper's pages. "I remember my first review," said Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa, who arrived with Bianca Jagger in tow. "It was the wooorst review ever! But she was kind enough to say, well, it will take time for him to feel his name on the door." No hard feelings, then? "For me, every review is a good review," he laughed. "It's one's opinion, and it sometimes makes you grow, sometimes it makes you look at things differently, so it's all good." Isaac Mizrahi, whose takedown in WWD's pages was the starting point for the 1995 doc Unzipped, stopped by the Bergdorf Goodman cocktail party for kisses and hugs, too.

Foley, WWD's executive editor and chief fashion critic, said she enjoyed her trawl through the archives for the book. "You just get to be a fan of fashion all over again when you're doing something like this," she noted. Yigal Azrouël, meanwhile, declared himself to be one of the paper's biggest fans. "I remember when I first started. I was on the cover of Women's Wear Daily. It was on my birthday. And it was my first season," he reminisced. "I get the cover, and it was like, wow—that's a bit shocking."

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