Two of New York's fashion heavyweights turned in collections full of feathered and furred luxury, while the newly revived house of Halston went for minimalism with shaky Seventies retreads.
Oscar de la Renta: Asked before his show what inspired his fall collection, Oscar de la Renta offered only: "Making beautiful clothes for beautiful women."
That simple mandate took him in two directions, both of which looked terrific. Obviously, de la Renta is betting that most of his ladies are recession-proof because many of the clothes were luxed up to the nines, as he worked in rich brocades and metallic tweeds, often adding glistening embroideries or fur for a vaguely Russian feel. Yet he rendered it all with impressive control, even in something as gussied up as a lean-cut shearling coat lacquered with gold paint and then strewn with sequins. Otherwise, a tweed skirt might get a deep fox border, or a lean dress an intricately embroidered bodice. On the other hand, for the more pragmatic among his fans, he offered a host of far simpler looks, such as a high-waisted bird's-eye tweed dress and a sporty granite boiled cashmere coat. Throughout, the biggest news came in the shape that was often, well, big, in full flamboyant skirts and glam trousers, both worn with jackets cinched at the waist to belie notions that a gal has lost her shape.
For evening, de la Renta showed some exquisitely embellished gowns perfect for the red carpet. But that's not the only kind of big night to pique his interest. He may already be thinking inauguration, and so went more discreet with a series of black columns. Of course, some powerful women like to wear the pants, even by night. Should one such lady have a date with destiny next winter, he'll be ready with an ultrachic blouse-and-pants ensemble. Call it power dressing of the prettiest sort.
Carolina Herrera: In its polished, chic cuts and artsy embellishments, the collection Carolina Herrera showed on Monday was typical of the designer's recent work. Yet those elements played second fiddle to an overarching thematic trick that felt oddly out of character. The theme: equestrian/hunting, rendered with a literal romance that approached costumery, while evoking the work of somebody else.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@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)