Couture's big guns aren't the only game in town — four smaller houses also presented collections with moods that ranged from quirky theatricality to high drama.
Avalon Vega: Daniel Fumaz and Samuel François' second Avalon Vega couture show channeled Grecian, Indian and African influences. The wide-ranging collection — from a gauzy pearl dress cinched at the waist and draped with floating fabric to a sari-like apron skirt and tie-dye tunics — was a pretty, wearable mélange of far-flung inspirations. But if this design duo is serious about building a couture following, it better give its collection a much-needed upgrade of fabrics.
Franck Sorbier: Up to his usual theatrical antics, Franck Sorbier presented his couture collection via a series of quirky scenarios, from 19th-century damsels in diaphanous lacy dresses picnicking by a stream to tribal dames in embroidered linen gowns, some sporting raffia tutus. A few credible gems stood out from the mix, such as a delightful white embroidered organza coat, or a silk dressing gown with a splashy Thirties print. But on the whole the designer veered a little too eagerly into spectacle terrain.
Boudicca: Brian Kirkby and Zowie Broach, designers of the British label Boudicca, distilled their couture vision into a handful of outfits, most of which dripped with dark glamour, including a catsuit printed with roses and a dramatic gown with exaggerated decorative details.
Stéphane Rolland: Abbreviated looks worked best in Stéphane Rolland's rambling lineup of after-dark numbers, which was sometimes a little heavy-handed on the sequins and flounces. Two of the most appealing styles were a textured minidress embroidered with silver brocade swirls and a silver-lined LBD that swooped open at the back.
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New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
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The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty