The spring ’08 collections were fabulous, rich with ample thought-provoking fare. Here, the season’s 11 most fascinating exits. (Marc Jacobs’ show flaunted a good girl–bad girl duet.)
MARC JACOBS Even with the hindsight of hundreds of shows, Marc Jacobs’ blockbuster remains the season’s most intriguing and controversial. It garnered conflicting opinions that heralded the designer as fab fashion deity or Satan of schmattas. Jacobs foretold both sides, however unintentionally, with a little help from master milliner Stephen Jones.
PRADA “Pajamas decorated with fairies—who will wear that?” queried one nonbelieving fashion editor. More to the point, who other than Miuccia Prada would dare suggest it? Her dark fairy tale was captivating.
JIL SANDER Spare where? Raf Simons charmed with minimalism-plus, working in mesmerizing flourishes such as this ethereal tulle pouf.
GILES The environment was on the mind of many designers, including Giles Deacon who paid tribute, ironically, in full-on leafy Latex.
LOUIS VUITTON A “Nurses” opening set the tone for Marc Jacobs’ unabashedly commercial collaboration with Richard Prince. Can it top the still-registering Murakami returns?
RODARTE Watching young talent develop is one of fashion’s great joys. Though the Mulleavy sisters struggled a bit, they took a major step toward commercial viability.
BALENCIAGA Tired of ho-hum spangles, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière proposed a shocking space-glam alternative for big nights out. Whether the red-carpet set boards his edgy ship remains to be seen.
ALEXANDER McQUEEN Couture masqueraded as ready-to-wear in breathtaking feathers, both real and faux. LANVIN Reality fascinates? You bet. With this coat-and-dress combination, Alber Elbaz turned every working woman in his audience into his love slave, fashionably speaking.
DOLCE & GABBANA After two seasons of dominatrix chic, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana did a 180, working a painterly inspiration for this glorious ballgown.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews