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.”
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.