Michael Kors for Pologeorgis: Michael Kors might just be New York's most stalwart supporter of exuberant American sportswear — luxed up to the nth degree and beyond. Which is precisely the attitude he worked for his fur collection for Pologeorgis, presented last week in a series of low-key showroom presentations. In a 15-piece capsule of the much larger collection, Kors played smartly to his customer's sleek tendencies with trim shapes and a racy attitude — a sheared mink pea jacket, anyone? How about urbane Aspen in a white mink lodge jacket? Of course, the Kors girl loves to indulge in a bit of decoration now and then. For her more lady-fied moments, he offered a jeweled, shrunken broadtail jacket, and when her mood calls for glorious indiscretion, a long, bright red sheared mink coat with an enormous raccoon collar.
Dennis Basso: There's a difference between a fur show and a fashion show, and this has seldom boded well for the fur market. But with the presentation he staged on Monday afternoon, Dennis Basso crossed over brilliantly, with a surety and style his colleagues would be well advised to take note of, should FICA ever choose to revive its now-dormant group show.
The presentation had all the makings of a real fashion show: live models, nonhideous hair and makeup, professional production and a point of view beyond the latest redux of classic glam for the tony matron set. It also had some news behind the chic: the elevation of longtime design assistant Nicolas Petrou to the position of creative director, a point Basso heralded boldly on his show notes but played down in a telephone chat. The show was styled to near perfection, with multiple strands of massive beads and embroidered underpinnings heightening the controlled exotica. But really, it was the furs that sparkled, figuratively if not literally. They dazzled with a bold, unfussy attitude that veered toward the earthy while flaunting their ultrarefined execution for a look Basso called "East meets West meets Park Avenue."
He could write fashion copy. Early looks hinted at Native American influences but moved seamlessly into Indian of the Eastern persuasion, with a soupcon each of Mongolian and au courant witchy wear. The predominant shape was lean through the waist then flared and done up with all kinds of extras — bright embroideries, beadwork, lace, scallops and whipstitching, as well as a bounty of material mixes strong on broadtail and sueded mink and sable. It was all the kind of fabulous that will make hard-core fashion lovers take notice, if they haven't already.As for Basso's core customer, in the throes of heady post-show/new-title excitement, Petrou maintained that, given her current substantial fur wardrobe, "She's not looking for a classical, traditional coat....If it's not creative, I don't want to do it." But the boss said au contraire. Suffice it to note that when Liza, Star or Mrs. Smith is in the market for a new full-length sable, Dennis will still be her go-to guy, and he would be loath to disappoint.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)