Adampluseve: With French design house Maison Jansen as inspiration, Adam Lippes sent out another knockout adampluseve collection, one that culled the decorating firm's mix-it-up sensibility. There was everything from chunky knit neckwarmers to a tie-dyed, hand-washed herringbone coat to prettily pleated dresses — the sorts of clothes that inspire merch-driven dreams, not to mention those of girls lusting after the next big thing. Lippes luxed up a cropped peacoat with woven aluminum, and threaded chain-link jewelry across the neckline of a simple cashmere top: sure signs the former Oscar de la Renta creative director is tapping into his mentor's polished sensibility without losing the casual-chic vigor Lippes has made his own. Another case in point: the boyish parachute dress cut in black silk taffeta. Lippes is obviously doing something right. Earlier this week, it was announced that the luxury house Richemont was providing backing for adampluseve through one of its latest investments, The Atelier Fund. And in September, Lippes will have one more venue in which to showcase his singular vision — his first freestanding store in New York.
Marchesa: What a difference a season makes. After spring's rosette-themed extravaganza, Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig reined it all in for fall. The Brit duo were wise to show 20 tightly edited looks in an uncomplicated tableau presentation that kept the focus on the clothes. Show notes referenced Marlene Dietrich and a masculine/feminine story, but at the end of the day, it was all about beautiful red-carpet dresses. Between the witty, tuxedo-style numbers, the deftly draped and bejeweled Empires and flowing Grecian gowns, Chapman and Craig have the art of celebrity dressing down pat.
McQ: Let the revolution begin — McQ style, that is. Referencing the Parisian student uprising in 1968, Alexander McQueen delivered a cool, polished series of military-inspired looks in his third McQ collection. Tailored coats figured prominently, from a black-and-white belted degradé trench to an olive jacquard wool coat emblazoned with a print of protest words, a theme that was carried into T-shirts and dresses, too. The designer also showed softer silhouettes, including cowl-neck sweaters and shift dresses with his signature punky touches, like oversized zippers and mesh details. The pièce de résistance? A deliciously oversized canvas and cableknit cardigan, which may just have "It" girls chanting, "Long live McQueen."Betsey Johnson: She called her collection "School of Charm," which, for Betsey Johnson, meant lots of naughty schoolteacher or prim-student looks, with a lick of metallic cocktail numbers thrown in for good measure. Truth be told, however, this collection — her 58th — was positively sedate, done mostly in black with nary a peek of pink tulle in sight. But that's not to say it was a bore. The pretty silk day dresses, bow blouses and great short-sleeved coats in tweed or plaid are the sort of clothes that will entice her current fans, and probably bring a whole new crop of them cartwheeling into her world.
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)