The way Lisa Axelson sees it, bright patterns don’t always have to be light-spirited. “Marrying this strong, confident, modern woman with the idea of pretty,” is how Ann Taylor’s senior vice president of design described the brand’s spring collection on Friday. That idea was rendered via variations on motifs — mostly florals, from painterly to abstract — which were teamed with contrast prints intended to neutralize some of the bolder visuals.
Case in point, a polka-dot cardigan that topped a flower pencil skirt, and a mannish color-blocked shirt shown with ocelot pants. The overall effect was at once ladylike and youthful, a notion underscored by a renewed statement for structured sheaths in those colorful prints. These, Axelson described as “the new suit.”
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.