A stop by two accessories presentations, Tom Binns and Jennifer Alfano, offered a respite from the runway. Binns showed the first installment of his collection, with more to be revealed in Paris beginning Feb. 26. One group paid homage to Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" by expertly wrapping gold and silver leaves around the wrist, creating chic cuffs and bangles, or shaping them in a circle for a new take on the hoop earring. Three other groups reflected Binns' view of the dark mood of the industry, and the world, for that matter. The names said it all. Pearls in Peril, for example, was a saucy mix of pearls, crystals and chains. Dumont Noire was a jet version of his Dumont collection, and Calamity Chain featured a mix of chains and colored crystals.
Alfano's handbags, on the other hand, revealed a brighter outlook, using her love of saturated colors for a fresh collection with vibrant hues of teal and purple accompanying rich cognac and gray. Alfano dabbled in ostrich for the first time, which may increase prices, adding the skin to her recurring structured shoulder bags. With three new daytime offerings, including a chic bucket hobo and a ruched day clutch, Alfano should keep her followers happy.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive