NEW YORK--Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Perhaps in the House of Montague, putting on his Pradas. Because fashion is the star of Australian director Baz Luhrmann's updated movie version, dubbed "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet," opening next week. In his visual blowout, the young lovers--Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes--are set against a bloody backdrop of modern urban gang warfare, techno music, computer imagery, boom boxes and Saturday-night specials. And these battling Montagues and Capulets are so hip and streetwise, they go to love and war in Prada, Miu Miu and D&G. Luhrmann, director of the outrageous "Strictly Ballroom," wanted to go in the opposite direction of what he calls "elitist, stagy productions" of Shakespeare--even though the text is completely the original. His "Romeo and Juliet" has a Fellini-like heightened reality, and costume designer Kym Barrett, who also worked on "Strictly Ballroom," started out by conferring with Prada on the young lovers' outfits. It was decided they'd be in pales: white, pale blue and silver, with Juliet in flowy white-on-white Miu Miu, and Romeo donning a white Prada suit to his wedding. "It was so lovely wearing Prada and Miu Miu," says Danes, "that I'm wearing almost all Miu Miu to everything these days. The clothes are so feminine, but they're also really modern." For the rough and tumble Montague boys, "I wanted a sort of Vietnam feeling," says Barrett. "They carry weapons, but they wear whatever they like, like at the end of Vietnam, when the soldiers wore Hawaiian shirts and shorts and funky hats." To outfit the Capulet gang, Barrett teamed up with Dolce & Gabbana. "The Capulets wear ornamental clothes from expensive shops, with bullet-proof vests," she says. "But the lines of the D&G suits must be able to accommodate gun holsters." A real standout Capulet is John Leguizamo's slinky Tybalt, whom Shakespeare referred to as the "King of Cats." Barrett dressed him in shiny ebony boots with silver heels, and his mostly black Dolce wardrobe, she says, "has a feline line to it--the texture of his clothes has the shininess of cat fur." Both the Montague and Capulet parents have a real luxe look, "very 1960s-1970s-Yves Saint Laurent-Jackie O," says Luhrmann, "so of course the younger direction has rejected that." The Elizabethans, with all their ruffles and boned bustiers, never looked so cool.EYE SCOOP
Former Miu Miu model Chloe Sevigny, the star of "Kids," is hitting the runway once again. She'll model in the first collection shown by designer Bernadette Van-Nuy, who's showing as part of Seventh on Sixth in New York Saturday. Van-Nuy just designed all the clothes for Sevigny's next movie, "Gummo," directed by "Kids" writer (and Sevigny's boyfriend), Harmony Korine.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)