Haute couture has always belonged to the realm of fantasy, and the fall-winter 2007 season was no exception. Backstage at the shows, hairstylists worked their magic, whipping up ultrafeminine, fantastical creations—with disparate themes and materials—generally only the stuff of dreams. At Jean Paul Gaultier, for instance, hairstylist Odile Gilbert created crowns out of real hair—true extensions of models' coifs that ended in ponytails. More morphing took place at Christian Lacroix, where she orchestrated undulating, faux jewel-, ribbon- and fur-bedecked dos. Gilbert says she took a cue from former Empress Sisi of Austria, and from Africa. "You don't know if it is fur or hair," she says, bemusedly. Hairstylist Luigi Murenu chose a change of tack at Givenchy, where he gave models crimped bangs, slick sides and chignons (with the latter, a nod to couture). "We always do soft, long hair at Givenchy," he says. "This time, it has a little more of a punk attitude." He adds that the style "creates a new silhouette." At Valentino, models sported big, slick, luxurious buns on the tops of their heads. Buns abounded at Christian Dior, too, where there were also cascades of curls and some free-flowing waves. Hair was twisted and turned at Armani Privé and Chanel. Altogether, models' tresses were as complex and finely hewn as the clothes they wore down the couture runways. Pure works of vivid imagination—not to be tried at home.
UP, UP AND AWAY: Mounds of braids, curls and extensions helped hair reach new heights on many couture runways.
ACCENT: Hats, feathers and combinations of the two helped accentuate elaborate and classic designs.
SLICK LOOKS: At Elie Saab, smooth buns worn at the nape of the neck defined elegance.
TEXTURE: Crowns entwined with hair created a spectacular extension of coifs ending in ponytails at Jean Paul Gaultier.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)