Jenni Kayne: In a world that moves at warp speed, it should come as no surprise that 21-year-old Jenni Kayne can go from the promising freshman collection she showed only a year ago to a third season filled with beautiful clothes. And the presentation certainly attracted a crowd, as the front row looked like a “Tonight Show” lineup: Owen Wilson, Jared Leto, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dustin Hoffman and Farrah Fawcett. But once the lights dimmed, all eyes focused on Kayne’s most evolved collection so far, which featured more grown-up, luxe looks. There were metallic-threaded, pinstriped tailored suits and tweed capes, shirred satin cocktail dresses, shiny silver-sequined skirts in varying lengths and a shimmery floor-length, synthetic astrakhan coat. It’s clear that Kayne was moving beyond her girlish whims. There were a few missteps, however, such as the unfortunate flocked-and-gilded floral prints and some navy-inspired sportswear that came from out of left field. But experience — and a good edit — can do wonders for a fledgling talent, and Kayne has time and a booming business on her side.
Mason: Nice and easy was the modus operandi at Mason, where romantic prints, relaxed sweaters and tailored pants made a girl wish for the bundle-up days of fall. Designer Michelle Mason’s secondary line was a breezy departure from the artsy elements found in her fall signature line, which she showed Saturday night. Instead, these clothes celebrated the art of simple girlish dressing. The Edwardian silhouettes she favors were all in place, but were used sparingly, as in a dotted corduroy blazer or a fantastic group of very high turtleneck blouses printed with blue cornflowers. The collection is certainly destined for wide exposure with its whispery cashmere tops, skinny wool pants and chunky cardigans great for blustery beach getaways.
Pegah Anvarian: For her second runway show, Pegah Anvarian tested new territory, attempting to go beyond her trademark cashmere jersey looks. But it didn’t quite work. Her structured silhouettes in black leather, wool and satin appeared stiff and out of place in a collection that overall tried to emphasize slinky sexuality and sensual lines. The pencil skirt, tube minidress and biker-styled jackets, for example, seemed a stale imitation of the looks in the “Addicted to Love” video with its stark, in-your-face sexuality. But where her new direction did work was with filmy, silk jersey dresses that featured sparkling, jeweled necklines — pieces that emphasized her draping talents. This small but glamorous sampling left one wishing she had focused more of her energy in this direction. Anvarian also offered some signature looks, such as the plunging neckline dresses, halters and drop-waisted tops paired with extra-long leggings that were ruched at the ankles like legwarmers.Rami Kashou: There’s no doubt that Rami Kashou adores women. He has wrapped and draped his earthy goddesses in intricately braided and ruched jersey, and has sealed a fan base despite the fact that his clothes are hard to come by because of frequent production difficulties. Striving to become more commercial, however, Kashou returned after a season’s absence with constructed jackets, wool gauchos and ruffled dresses — all to uneven effect. A fuzzy black fabric cut into a flounced jacket looked cheap, and the sharp shift from several edgy sparkling copper smocks to pretty lime rayon cocktail dresses was jarring. Kashou’s strength definitely lies in his manipulation of jersey — whether it’s wool, silk or rayon — as evidenced by the gorgeous separates and red carpet-ready gowns he sent out.
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