It rocked, it rolled. It swung from high romance to tough chic à la the Nineties. But one thing’s for sure: Nothing beats the diversity seen here during fashion week.
Veteran Atil Kutoglu offered some fresh additions to his traditional lineup. Namely, his drop-waisted tops and a sexy black knit dress offered a nice balance to the darker mood of the shiny black leather pleated jackets and skirts. At first glance, David Rodriguez’s clothes seemed tailored and almost conservative. But a closer view revealed his light-handed way with unusual ornamentation, especially with an Eastern flavor — little silver bells trimming a gray pantsuit or a silvery tulle dress. Occasionally, details like beaded flowers or fur collars overwhelmed otherwise flattering lines, but usually, the effect was lovely and ladylike.
Meanwhile, Fusha’s Marie Claudinette Jean turned her runway into more of a happening by enlisting husband Wyclef Jean and Foxy Brown to perform at her show. Then the models strutted in fitted leather jackets, miniskirts and jumpsuits. There was a real emphasis on eveningwear with lots of gowns, such as an artistic shredded dress in black and a chic long-sleeved gown in red brocade.
Pamela Roland’s collection has improved considerably over past seasons. For fall, she showed two great-looking stretch-leather jackets and a black sleeveless jersey top over a tulle skirt, but there was little news here. Ditto Gustavo Arango’s beautiful silk satin halter gown with an elongated torso and a couple of terrific crinkled chiffon shirts.
One thing is for sure, Jennifer Nicholson has guts, sending out a fevered parade of lamé, tulle, fur and even a flock’s worth of peacock feathers. Party dresses were her focus, and they reflected the bravado of Bollywood musicals in their metallic trims, oversized paisleys and saturated gem tones. Her clothes are not for the faint of heart, the elegant, nor the quietly chic. However, amid the frenzy of safety yellow fur and breast-baring gowns, there were some wonderfully flirty looks that dabbled in excess but were wearable, too.
Twinkle by Wenlan’s Wenlan Chia is known for her quirky knits. This season, she took them one step further, mixing them with soft chiffons and textured tweeds. The result was a line packed with feminine charm — woodland intarsia sweaters, knotted and braided jackets, floral-print dresses, a hand-knit pom-pom cardigan and a some woven Lurex numbers to add extra shine. Another designer to move forward was Mary Ping. Sure, the deconstructed T-shirts still made an appearance, but so did a great boxy Donegal vest paired with leggings and a funky black velvet dress that had a puzzle-like cutout at the neck. Also known for an offbeat style, Brazilian designer Geova delivered more of his signature pieced-together looks, some of them wacky and over the top, but still relatively wearable.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty