Male figure skaters are upping the fashion ante in Vancouver.
The world champion, Evan Lysacek of the U.S., lined up Vera Wang to design five costumes for his Olympic effort, including a charcoal gray ensemble with feathers from Lemarié, a supplier to Coco Chanel herself.
Wang, a former competitive skater, is uncertain what Lysacek will wear on the ice. She will be rinkside to catch Lysacek’s acrobatic triple and quadruple jumps. The designer skated with him to “Firebird” and “Scheherazade” before setting out to design his costumes.
Referring to how the sport is judged for athleticism, artistry and technicality, Wang said: “You have to swim like Michael Phelps, dive like Greg Louganis but look good, be costumed and stay to the music. It’s kind of your worst nightmare as a designer.”
It’s not just about looking good. One outfit had a leather panel on the midriff, which had to be replaced with a mesh inset to allow for breathability, Wang said. Wrapped silk, a technique that will be featured in her runway next week, proved to be more suitable.
Although U.S. skater Johnny Weir donned Rodarte for a shoot that appeared in the New York Times Magazine, he prefers to design his own competitive attire, a U.S. Figure Skating Association spokeswoman said.
Rachael Flatt, 17, one of the two Americans who will compete in the women’s singles competition, typically wears costumes designed by Julie McDonough. She has competed in contrasting styles such as a crystal-encrusted red dress and a more diaphanous pale blue one with more discreet beading. Flatt already has a partnership with MAC Cosmetics.
Her teammate, 16-year-old Mira Nagasu, whose first name is a Japanese word for future, has been more daring with her outfits, including a ruby-colored sleeveless dress with dramatic black beading and a more playful pink, black-and-white Pop Art one with long white gloves.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia