After watching the hit BBC documentary “Lost Land of the Volcano” — about new species of wildlife discovered in Papua, New Guinea — Giles Deacon couldn’t get creepy-crawly creatures off his mind. So he’s dedicating his spring show to them — and to some prehistoric beasts, as well.
“Think toxic tarantulas and hyper-reptilian fabrics,” said Deacon, who will show in Paris for the first time as the winner of a 2009 ANDAM Award. To mark the industry honor, Pierre Bergé will host a cocktail for the designer at the French Ministry of Culture on Tuesday.
At work on the collection in his East London studio, Deacon shows off a length of tulle dotted with spider appliqués, bolts of spotty, iridescent silks — and one pink-and-green fabric with a cheeky print of mating dinosaurs. Meanwhile, on a nearby table, black-and-red Swarovski-crystal-clad scorpions and scary bugs are lined up like toy soldiers, ready to be stuck on dresses and jackets. Accessories, too, have a natural-history bent, with one shoulder bag shaped like a baby triceratops, which will come covered in teddy bear fur or snakeskin.
In Paris, Deacon also will be showing and selling his costume jewelry — a debut 18-piece collection featuring spider-shaped rings, and baby mice, dinosaurs and headless chimps on necklaces and bracelets.
Materials include silk, pearls, gold and Swarovski crystals, and prices range from 220 pounds, or $328, for a Swarovski pearl bracelet to $3,280 for a hand-worked silk necklace. Deacon says he’s all revved up for his show at the Palais de Tokyo on Oct. 8. “It’ll be interesting to see where it all leads,” he said.
Georgina Brandolini looks right at home amid the upscale hippie atmosphere of Antik Batik’s Paris showrooms — and so does her new capsule line of sweaters for the fast-growing French contemporary brand.
“Sportive chic — something you put on over a pair of jeans,” said Brandolini of her debut 10-piece collection for fall, all in cashmere, hand-trimmed with delicate glass beads, often tone-on-tone, or splashed with rough-hewn metal sequins in heraldic shapes. The first styles, most also elongated into snappy minidresses, are slated to arrived in mid-November at Antik Batik’s three Paris boutiques, plus Net-a-porter and Daslu in Brazil.
Brandolini, who previously had a signature line of sweaters after a long fashion career at Balmain and Valentino, marveled at the retail prices — 285 euros, or about $418 at current exchange, for a V-neck, and 360 euros, or $528, for a dress — thanks to Antik Batik’s network of factories and artisans and a larger scale of production.
“We really never did so many sweaters,” piped in Gabriella Cortese, the Italian-born designer and founder behind Antik Batik, which sells its luxuriously embellished, bohemian clothes to about 1,000 doors. The privately held company recently opened boutiques in Dubai and Kuwait in partnership with Chaloub Group and plans to have about 10 boutiques in the Middle East region in the next five years, she added.
Cortese said the Georgina Brandolini for Antik Batik range would be targeted at “A-level” fashion shops. A spring collection, boasting silk and viscose blends, is in the works.
Georgina Brandolini (seated) and Gabriella Cortese wearing sweaters from Brandolini’s Antik Batik collection.
@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 (📷: Dominique Maître)
@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)