Paula Gerbase had a singular answer when asked what inspired her fall 2017 collection for John Lobb: water. She described it as an "unsung hero" that is central to everything the brand does. The label's founder hails from the British seaside town of Cornwall, while its workshops are located near a river in Northampton, England."It's so instrumental to the location of where all the shoemakers are, because they started to do the tanning near the river that runs through Northampton. Also, water is the one element that makes shoes really shine. When we start the finishing process, we intersperse water with wax," said Gerbase during the presentation of her fall 2017 range for the British footwear brand, which featured a video of falling water in the background and water-filled displays.[caption id="attachment_10743985" align="alignnone" width="742"] John Lobb men's fall 2017[/caption]The focus on water also translated into materials that were used in the collection, which included a croc-suede for boots. "It's a naturally waterproof material. That's how a lot of the leathers started to come around, which also means they get better with wear," Gerbase added.She used the same material, as well as the brand's signature "museum leather" — usually reserved for formal shoes — to create elegant versions of the popular John Lobb low-top sneakers."It's always been about taking formal techniques and applying them to the sneakers, but then also developing ideas like the lightness and the flexibility of sneakers into the traditional techniques. It's interesting to have that dialogue at all times," the designer said.[caption id="attachment_10743988" align="alignnone" width="742"] John Lobb men's fall 2017[/caption]The contrast between the classic and the athletic continued to feature throughout the collection, with a series of formal lace-up brogues updated with chunky rubber soles, ideal for rainy weather.
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“From concept to creation, my goal was to create beautiful pieces, with a variety of sizes, all at affordable prices,” said @joansmalls of the swimwear and intimate apparel she designed for @smartandsexysocial. The collection includes neon laced bras, sheer bodysuits and swimwear separates. The intimates collection will launch in July, while the swimwear collection will be available for purchase on Tuesday at select @walmart stores, walmart.com and smartandsexy.com. #wwdfashion