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.”
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)