Central Saint Martin’s alumna Joanna Sykes describes her design philosophy as “an attitude to dressing and style.” Sykes, who is showing her collection for the first time on the London schedule, said the spring collection of simple silhouettes will include sleek, tailored trousers and jackets in Italian viscose, biker jackets and skinny trousers in leather, and T-shirts and tank tops in silk, some with organza insets worked into the fabric. “It’s a play between solid and sheer, a quirky sexiness,” said Sykes, who launched her line two years ago and currently sells at Matches and Joseph in London and at Elizabeth Charles in New York. “Through the cuff of a jacket you might catch a glimpse of a wrist.”
Sykes, who worked at Giorgio Armani and Alberta Ferretti before starting her own label, also has a secondary line, Sykes Silks. The collection of camisoles, Ts, jumpsuits and boxer shorts, all of which retail at under $500, will be worked into her presentation. To underscore the line’s real-world appeal, Sykes has tapped models with a wealth of life experience to walk in the presentation: the oldest among them is an 82-year-old former dancer. — Nina Jones
Tanya Ling, who’s known for her whimsical fashion illustrations, is returning to her design roots. The London-based designer and illustrator will present her first collection as the creative director of Veryta, a new label and not-for-profit foundation founded and backed by YSL’s Stefano Pilati and Filippo Binaghi of Lorma Srl, an Italian silk manufacturer.
The Veryta Foundation will donate 10 percent of the sales of its collection of silk shiftdresses and shell tops and trousers to a charity that runs schools for poor children in India. Ling, who trained in fashion design at London’s Central Saint Martin’s, described the collection as “a salute to Nancy Cunard and Pina Bausch,” noting that the stylish Cunard was also known for her antifascist and antiracist activism.
The collection of 15 looks, which Ling will unveil at Claridge’s on Friday, also nods to the silhouettes of the designer’s native India. A cream silk top has a collar in the shape of lotus flower petals and a pale blue silk dress has a sarilike sash draped across the body. There are silk jumpsuits, cotton and silk shorts and a duchesse satin princess coat.
Ling said she isn’t unduly concerned about launching a line in a shaky economy. “A startup is always difficult, but in a downturn you can pace yourself,” said Ling. “And people always love to discover new things.”— N.J.
Marcus Constable is back in action on London’s calendar, after nine years under the radar working for houses like Plein Sud and Claude Montana.
Constable, who said it was “time to do my own thing again,” said his latest collection references Aubrey Beardsley’s Art Nouveau illustrations, the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s line drawings, and men’s tailoring from the 1800s.
“From Beardsley’s illustrations, I’ve produced garments with block patterns and different textures,” said Constable. “There is a monochrome palette through the collection combined with tonal colors of stone.”
The collection also features Constable’s signature pleating, an elongated silhouette, and a strong tailoring theme.
The British designer will show his collection at Liberty. He will be the only designer to show at the store during London Fashion Week. It is a fitting return: The store bought his graduate collection in 1995, when he was studying for his master’s degree at Central Saint Martin’s. — Louise Bartlett
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)