London designers worked nostalgia, fantasy and kids’ stuff into their collections, wringing smiles from weary, cold and ever-cynical fashion folk.
“Beautiful things should almost always be fun and make you smile—otherwise it can get too serious,” says Anya Hindmarch.
For her presentation, Hindmarch employed the services of the world-class domino expert Robin Paul Weijers—who goes by the name of Mr. Domino. He and a team of eight domino experts set up 50,000 small tiles over the course of a week, that fell to precision theatrically revealing her handbags and clutches that were inspired by the game, as well as backgammon. The actual show was about four minutes long.
Sophia Webster took to the realms of fantasy for her collection, which featured a handbag made from holographic leather in the shape of a unicorn. Modeled by girls decked in psychedelic catsuits and rainbow-colored, unicorn-inspired hair, or displayed on birdhouses in the snowy “forest,” Webster’s designs were dramatic but playful—especially the thigh-high, lace-up gladiator boots in hologram leather.
At Fashion East, Ryan Lo was inspired by the cutesy kitschiness of Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon, while Ashley Williams’ models carried teddy bears as handbags. Even London’s new king of conceptual cool, J.W. Anderson, got in on the game with a pinball machine print.
“I’m not averse to a bit of fantasy at all,” says Nicholas Kirkwood. He recently unveiled shoes for Selfridges inspired by Oz The Great And Powerful. “I had to create a shoe that would work well for each character, the good fairy and two wicked witches. It was great fun.”
So why all this frivolity now? Carmen Borgonovo, buying director at My-Wardrobe.com, offers, “Perhaps there is a subconscious desire for happiness, an escapism during a stagnant economy, but more importantly I think London designers always think out of the box and find inspiration in the most creative and personal places. There is a sense of comfort in childhood memories and unicorns, teddy bears and Hello Kitty are uplifting and positive references—so why not make them fashionable.”
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye