Let all the other designers panic at the thought of a new couture superstar. Gianni Versace is sticking to his smoking gun--and his loud music. And he's taken all the ladylike clothes from his past couture collections, which always seemed a little forced anyway, and locked them in the closet. So this season, if you like leather, lace and a lot of attitude, Gianni's your man. Socialites in little gilt chairs have never had a place at Versace. But rock stars chased by packs of paparazzi certainly do--and they were out in force. The front row boasted Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Ferry, while the soundtrack was specially composed and performed by Elton John and remixed by Frederic Sanchez. Although there was nothing as provocative as last season's "Pussy Control" from Prince, the songs, especially "The Bitch Is Back," were great. And, indeed, the bitch is back! Versace's girls love leather skirts with lace insets--and lace skirts with leather insets--wild printed stockings and even wilder animal prints. A lot of these ideas Versace used in his ready-to-wear, which means that--at least for him --couture has finally come full circle: Rather than starting trends, Versace's couture clothes are deluxe takes on his other collections, especially his hip and happening Versus line. Gianni himself described this collection as "aggressive." And these are certainly not clothes for shrinking violets--unless you think a ball gown with a zebra-print bodice, tiger-print skirt and blinding pumps wouldn't make you scream in a crowd. Or how about the sheerest lace dresses worn under fierce leather jackets? This may not have been Versace's best collection ever, but you can be sure that, within moments, the knockoffs will be out in force.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
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@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)