HALLOW’S EVE: There are sure to be plenty of people in Goth-inspired costumes on Halloween, and The Museum at FIT hasthe right exhibition to inspire those creations.
In “Gothic: Dark Glamour,” primarily black designer ensembles are showcased in unexpected settings: a graveyard fence, a ruined castle, beneath a moon, in a haunted palace, in a Frankenstein-type laboratory and even in a coffin. Visitors can learn that an Alexander McQueen strapless evening dress was inspired by one of his ancestors who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials. One of John Galliano’s dresses for Christian Dior is imprinted with a quote from the Marquis de Sade, reading, “Is it not by murder that France is free today?”
Rodarte, Yohji Yamamoto, Hussein Chalayan, Gilles Deacon and Rick Owens are among the designers with pieces in the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 21. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator at The Museum at FIT, said, “Goth is very much a look that appeals to outsiders.”
Goth fans can explore the theme in depth Thursday night when a panel of experts joins Steele to discuss the subculture at the school’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. Other panelists include Fred Berger, photographer and creator of Propaganda magazine; Julia Bloodgood Borden, cultural anthropologist and Morbid Outlook magazine staff writer; Angel Butts, lecturer and doctoral candidate; Myke Hideous, artist and musician, and Evan Michelson, owner of Obscura Antiques and Oddities.
Passages from Margaret Atwood, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Bret Easton Ellis and others will be read in the museum gallery Nov. 6 as part of an event called “Contemporary Gothic: Poetry & Prose.” On Nov. 10, Steele will host a tour, talk and book signing. A Goth-based symposium will be held Feb. 13 and 14 at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews