Since taking the design reins at Ann Taylor a year ago, Lisa Axelson has been working hard to give Ann a new, more stylish attitude. And if the lavish vignette-style fall presentation last Thursday — at the scene-y Ace Hotel, complete with celebrities Rachel Bilson and Christina Hendricks and a performance by singer-songwriter V.V. Brown — is any indication, the company is clearly invested in revamping its sensible workwear image.
“I feel like we’ve evolved, but we still have a foot in the past,” said Axelson of the collection, inspired by Twenties Parisian salons. Short, body-conscious ruched dresses, military jackets and the accessories offer of high heel town-and-country oxfords and statement necklaces upped the fashion quotient. But there were plenty of basics, too. Crisp white shirts, black pencil pants and a lush cocoon sweater addressed accessible, everyday fare. All of it was executed with a sophistication nowhere more evident than the leopard prints, which, according to an Ann Taylor spokesman, will be a signature for the label.
Peter Kim's Los Angeles-based premium denim line has always had its finger on the pulse of youth. This season, novelty is back in a way reminiscent of early Aughts, with studs, lace-ups, racing waxed denim and more. For more highlights if some of the key brands at the Vegas trade shows, go to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: Patrick Gray; Styles by @thealexbadia; Story by @karihamanaka and @marcy_wwd)
"I was driving back on Saturday afternoon from the beach, and I just saw this sign saying 'Skydiving for $95.' And I was like, I can't not sky dive for $95," says Tom Bateman about a moment in Hawaii while shooting "Snatched." #wwdeye (📷: @vsteves; Interview by @ktauer; Styled by @thealexbadia)