There was plenty to love for spring, from the prettily polished to the flower-power babe, but the one thing these stellar collections all had in common was gotta-have-it fashion. Following, in alphabetical order, WWD’s top 10 picks.
BALENCIAGA Nicolas Ghesquiere ushered in some radical silhouettes—extreme hourglass shapes done up in a floral flurry and severe techno sheen pants ensembles—in this knockout collection for Balenciaga.
DOLCE & GABBANA It was an art lover’s feast at Dolce & Gabbana, where Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce delivered a breathtaking collection of painterly proportions.
DRIES VAN NOTEN Dries Van Noten introduced a fabulous new flower girl, one who’s comfortably at ease—and beautifully bejeweled—in his arty and exotic lineup.
JIL SANDER Raf Simons’ collection for Jil Sander was as beautifully precise as ever, while also indulging his gentler side, with colorful clouds of tulle and billowing transparent layers.
LANVIN Alber Elbaz’s Lanvin collection was a marvel of simple, sensual dressing, from seamless draped dresses and languid flyaway trenches to fringed and feathered cocktail wonders.
MARC JACOBS Kooky, loopy and brilliantly fabulous. In musing on what’s sexy, Marc Jacobs took his audience on a Surrealist romp, complete with heels whimsically attached the wrong way on shoes.
NARCISO RODRIGUEZ Minimalist maestro Narciso Rodriguez showed he has an artsy side to flaunt, too, in a dazzling collection that paired gentle embroideries and tie-dye starbursts with exacting architectural cuts.
PRADA Miuccia Prada spun a wondrous fairy tale for spring—dresses embellished with enchanting Art Nouveau fantasy illustrations and sculptural floral footwear—while working plenty of chic real-world clothes.
RALPH LAUREN Ralph Lauren celebrated his 40th anniversary in high style: a glamorous setting, an A-list front row and, of course, a terrifically grand collection of dapper getups and garden-party gowns.
STELLA MCCARTNEY Stella McCartney sent out a delightfully charming lineup—Seventies floral frocks, safari tailoring and pretty printed silk onesies that shared a singular message: “get happy.”
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle