- CUNNINGTON TAKES TOP HONORS: A well-executed collection of voluminous black wool dresses earned British designer Matthew Cunnington top honors at the 23rd International Festival of Fashion and Photography held in Hyères over the weekend. The Birmingham, England-based designer's work wooed a jury presided over by Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci. Thirty-four-year-old Cunnington, whose inspiration was his own mother's reconciliation with the illegitimate daughter she was forced to give up in 1969, was picked from among 10 designers for the L'Oréal Professionnel-sponsored prize of 15,000 euros, or $23,400 at current exchange. Meanwhile, Belgian designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard's humorous collection of clown stripes, cowboy-style pants plus Texan shirts, accessorized with French fries fashioned from Perspex, captured French fast-fashion firm 1.2.3.'s prize of 15,000 euros, plus the opportunity to produce a collection for 1.2.3.'s stores. In the photography competition, Audrey Corregan of France won the top prize while a special mention went to Germany's Amira Fritz.
- WET SEAL'S WORLD: The Wet Seal Inc. on Monday said it has launched a new online fashion community, available through the specialty retailer's Web site, that will offer customers an enhanced shopping experience. The new online social networking site allows customers to not only shop, but create original Wet Seal styles. Features include the ability to build, tag, share and purchase outfits through a personalized boutique, build a fashion network by chatting with other stylists in the message center, and rate and purchase other stylists' outfits in "The Runway," the company said. "We think this is going to be a great new tool, which could not only increase average visit time on the site, but also could improve online and in-store sales by allowing our girl to choose among thousands of outfits generated and rated by her peers," said Ed Thomas, chief executive officer.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
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
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
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