Jason Wu doesn’t have much in common with Gareth Pugh, Vivienne Westwood or Jean Paul Gaultier. But come spring, he’ll join the designers — all of whom have teamed up with Brazilian footwear manufacturer Melissa — when he releases two styles in collaboration with the famous plastic shoe brand. Wu, who launched his own accessories line last year, will be the first American fashion designer on Melissa’s roster.
“It was really interesting for me to explore design possibilities with plastic,” said Wu. “I wanted to take advantage of the materials I was given, make it all completely functional and waterproof and yet still remain extremely sophisticated.”
But rather than reinterpret his own shoe designs, the designer customized two of Melissa’s classic silhouettes: the Ultragirl ballet flat and the Lady Dragon peep-toe slingback. The latter features a gold sunburst accent pulled from Wu’s recent fall collection, while the former, also a peep-toe, is topped with a bow and his Miss Wu owl logo. “I’ve always loved the idea of oppositions in my work,” Wu continues, pointing to the contrast of injected thermoplastic and a luxe ladyfied look. And if you peek inside the shoes, there’s a familiar design element — Wu tends to line his shoes with strips of lace or snakeskin; here, the insoles include a lining that’s printed to look like lace. Both Melissa + Jason Wu styles come in black, burgundy, nude and transparent gray.
Wu will fete the collection on July 19 in São Paulo — his first visit to Brazil — with a brunch and cocktail party at the brand’s flagship, the exterior of which the designer will wrap in a cutout lace motif for the occasion. “This collaboration wasn’t just about them adding an American designer,” Wu says. “It was an opportunity for me to expand in Brazil, which is such a fast-paced growing country. It’s a way for me to reach out to a new demographic.”
Exclusive: Nicola Formichetti is parting ways with @diesel after nearly four years. Formichetti, who served as Lady Gaga’s stylist in 2009, joined Diesel in 2013 as creative and artistic director. His first show debuted in Venice with a show held at the Venetian Arsenal. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
The polo shirt - an icon of preppy style - is roaring back into fashion in many creative guises, like this A-line polyester top from @carven, worn with @31philliplim cotton and elastane pants. Designers stretched a fashion classic into all kinds of new permutations this season. See how @mayteallende styled the preppy trend on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📸 : Kinya)
(Market Editors: @andrew_shang and @elmercer, Makeup: @amandawilsonmakeup using @fentybeauty, Hair: @gonn24, Model: @bara_holotova at @women360mgmt)
“I do like period [projects] a lot because I like creating those worlds, a world that is different from today," costume designer Mark Bridges said about the '50s British couture featured in @phantomthread. Bridges created the overall aesthetic and individual fashion looks for the film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville and Vicky Krieps. Pictured here is a gown he designed for Krieps who plays Alma – the love interest of Day-Lewis' character, Reynolds Woodcock. #wwdfashion
@prada is embracing the holiday season with a series of short movies about the art of gift-giving. "The Postman's Gifts", which was directed by American filmmaker Autumn de Wilde, focuses on the brand's signature Prada Galleria bag and features Elijah Wood as the postman. In the first two episodes, Wood's delivers the iconic bag to @emmaroberts, who plays herself as a movie star, and Sasha Frolova. #wwdfashion
“I think I never met the person while we were working,” Vicky Krieps said of Daniel Day-Lewis, who she plays the love interest of in “Phantom Thread.” Day-Lewis remained perennially in character, so much so that she feels she’s just meeting him now. “It’s interesting to see how different he is in real life to the character,” Krieps said. WWD sat down with the 34-year-old actress to talk about her new role in the period film, which brings the fifties’ gender dynamics into the mix. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@gucci has expanded its “Places” project to include six new cities. The initiative, which was first unveiled in July, aims to invite people to explore inspirational locations for the brand. On the list is the Biblioteca Angelica library in Rome pictured here. See the other five new venues on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @massimo_listri_official)
#ad From tools to lashes, WWD rounded up wellness and beauty products guaranteed to take your skin care and makeup routines to the next level in 2018. Follow along as @laceandleatherbyelyse, @ashnfashn and @elleisalwayshere experiment with these products on their Instagram profiles and blogs. #NewYearBetterYou
Blogger @camilacoelho is one of the fastest growing beauty influencers around the world. The bilingual blogger has worked with brands like @revolve Beauty, @dior, @louisvuitton and more and has an Earned Media Value of $34,338,441, according to @tribedynamics. But Coelho isn’t the only influencer making a major impact — head to WWD.com to see the other fastest-growing influencers in six key global markets. #beautyfridays (📷: @zefashioninsider)