It’s no secret that artists have long turned to nature for inspiration—just look at Monet’s Water Lilies and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. But creative types don’t need to stretch a canvas to revel in the breathtaking bounty of flora, fauna and glorious color, as this spring’s dazzling assortment of accessories indicates. Miuccia Prada, for example, has turned the shoe-as-sculpture concept into a veritable masterpiece, one perched atop ornate flowery heels that step toward Art Nouveau. And, as tribute to his friend, the late Isabella Blow, Alexander McQueen featured hats aplenty on his runway, many brimming with butterflies, dragonflies and topiaries.
Yet the season is not only about the natural, but the unnatural, as well, as surrealism emerged as a major motif. It turned up first and most dramatically in a stellar show from Marc Jacobs and continued to surface in accessories. These beauties beg a second look as things aren’t always what they seem, as is apparent in our feature, “The Art of Deception.”
Fashion, of course, has always been a world of opposition, for every yin, a yang. That is certainly true now, as some of the most intriguing trends come in diametrically opposed pairs: black and white or color? Carnaby Street or Haight-Ashbury? Safari or high seas? We examine the options in “Opposites Attractive.”
Last but not least, for the urban warrior in all of us, the feature “Tribal Rules” revels in the juxtaposition of earthy, artisanal craftsmanship and hard-edged, dramatic designs.
WWDAccessories offers plenty more to peruse, as well, from shoes with wide ankle straps and elaborately carved platforms to news on eco-retailing and the latest eyewear launches. We are sure our picks for spring 2008 will leave you panting over the season’s best offerings and obsessing about your next accessories purchase.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty