A few rising talents and some familiar faces on the London scene.
Reynold Pearce and Andrew Fionda, aka Pearce Fionda, are not exactly what you’d call newcomers to the London Fashion Week lineup. They gathered numerous industry accolades from 1996 through 1999, when they were regulars on the LFW schedule, and this season, they are making a return to the catwalk after a 14-year absence.
“It’s been at the back of our minds for a while now, and we just felt that the time was right,” said Pearce. “It seemed that our style of sophisticated and glamorous dressing, with an attention to unusual cutting, wasn’t represented at the moment.”
Pearce and Fionda, who met in 1985, when they were both studying fashion in college, have not been far from the industry in the intervening years. The pair design a collection for Debenhams together, while Pearce has been teaching — he says he’s “a big advocate of technique and pattern-cutting” — and Fionda was running vintage boutiques in Brighton.
Their return to the catwalk promises an emphasis on special-occasion clothes and dresses that play on their strengths of pattern-cutting.
“This season is an evolution of what we’re known for,” said Pearce. “It started from trying to think of new ways of applying our technique of cutting, so that formed the silhouette and the attention on the areas of the body that are going to be important for us this season; the back is our zone this season.”
Expect long, lean lines, some high-tech fabrics, a smattering of embellishment and flashes of flesh.
@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