Hussein Chalayan is the first to admit he’s a “designer’s designer.” Just don’t call him avant-garde. “I hate that term,” says the London-based Chalayan, over a macchiato at Manhattan’s Soho Grand Hotel. “It’s a real hindrance because I don’t think it expresses what we’re about. It makes it sound like we can’t appeal to people or something, and it’s absolutely rubbish.”
The reason for Chalayan’s midsummer trip to New York is a case in point: His collaboration with American denim label J Brand on three styles of jeans, launched exclusively at Barneys New York. If the idea of a designer known for his experimental runway shows, replete with mechanical dresses and LED effects, designing jeans — for a fairly accessible line at that — registers to some as selling out, to others, it’s the ultimate example of fashion’s current fixation: Getting down to business.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)