It’s no surprise that Stephen Jones wears his beret at a jaunty angle. A true millinery maestro, his creations are worn by the world’s most stylish women and seen on the catwalks of designers such as Dior, John Galliano and Marc Jacobs, among others. In 2008, he dipped his nose into the fragrance world, when he teamed with Comme des Garçons to create a scent, and in February, Jones unveiled Hats: An Anthology, an exhibition he curated in collaboration with London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Here, his musings on creativity, the common weal and whose heads he’d love to hat.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY? It’s one of the most elusive things on the planet. Like luxury, as soon as you try to define it, it evaporates. Beauty can be a beautiful woman, a beautiful man, a beautiful child or beautiful clouds in the sky. It’s also fragile. As soon as we try to examine it, we can destroy it. Beauty can be very transient. Beauty may not only be about grace and purity, but it can be the reverse. Who is to say a bride is more beautiful than a Goth girl going out on a Friday night?
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Everything. Life. I never stop being inspired. It’s important to be aware that you can be inspired by anything. If anything is ugly, it’s the closing off of someone’s mind to accepting different things and being infl uenced by them. The blank wall or a white piece of paper allows my mind to accept inspiration.
HOW DO YOU NURTURE YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL ON A DAILY BASIS? I try to forget about myself. If you concentrate less on yourself, you can be inspired. President Obama is changing the idea of personal responsibility as opposed to the idea of ‘I’ or ego. The idea of a group effort or the common good has been unfashionable for a long time.
HOW DOES WHAT YOU DO RELATE TO BEAUTY? Hats beautify people. People often wear hats to have a good time, if they’re relaxed and when they’re happy. It pulls them out of themselves. Hats can make somebody feel beautiful.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE CREATIVITY? HOW DO YOU CHANNEL YOUR CREATIVITY? Creativity is quite simple. It’s just a form of expression. Creativity is being able to express something often through a physical thing. If creativity is too studied, it loses its freshness or innocence and soul.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR STYLE? It needs to excite the person wearing it. It needs to be fun and hopefully have an elegant humor.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)