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.
@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)