On the same day Donald Trump told CBS that because he went to an Ivy League school he knows "how to behave," Tiffany Trump, his 22-year-old daughter with ex-wife Marla Maples (and a senior at the University of Pennsylvania), made her runway debut at New York Fashion Week. This was perhaps one of the few occasions when her name didn't upstage the rest of the room. Accompanying her on stage was Kyra Kennedy, granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy; Gaia Matisse, great-granddaughter of Henri Matisse; Reya Benitez, daughter of Studio 54 DJ Jelly Bean Benitez; Elisa Johnson, daughter of Magic Johnson; Dani Lauder, granddaughter of Estée Lauder; Billie Lourd, daughter of actress Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd; and last but not least, actress Abigail Breslin.
Who on earth could possibly get all these girls in the same room together on a school night? (Let alone Valentine's Day.) His name is Andrew Warren and he's the designer of Just Drew, a fashion label funded by his grandmother, which he debuted at New York Fashion Week Fall 2016. Yes, just Drew — in case you were distracted by the company he keeps.
Warren, 22, made his society debut on the "Rich Kids of Instagram" Tumblr, but he's known Tiffany Trump since she was three-years-old. "Andrew gives us the coolest birthday presents," she said backstage after the show, next to a crowd of beauty pageant toddlers (they were next up at the Gotham Hall venue). "For my 21st birthday, he gave me a pair of baby pink Valentino shoes with studs. I don't have an allowance to go buy that kind of stuff, so he likes to dress me up like a little Barbie." For another friend's birthday, he hired a glam squad to go to her house and reserved a table at Vandal. His generosity was paying back dividends now: "I would only do this for Drew," was a phrase uttered by many of the models.
"This was terrifying," said Breslin. "I can barely walk when I'm in flat shoes. I'm not really a fashion person. I can appreciate it, but I usually just put on leggings and boots and call it a day." A runway coach was on hand to help her and Trump get their walk down before showtime. "We had one hour of practice," said Trump. "[The coach] was like, 'Shoulders up! Eyes up!' We figured if we're not going to embarrass ourselves, we should at least learn how you're supposed to do it."
Matisse, though, was a natural. "I f—ing love this!" she said with a smile. "Everyone was bugging out but I was like, 'Can you guys relax? You're making me anxious.'"
After the show, former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and art patron Amy Phelan congratulated Warren's mother on a job well done. ("Sometimes, [my mother] just takes over," he'd said earlier.) Phelan allowed Warren to shoot his lookbook, starring Matisse, in her ornate Park Avenue apartment, which W photographed in 2008.
Uptown, it seems, all you need is to make it in fashion is a pair of good genes.