DALLAS--Visualize an inspirational woman and dress her in red. That was the assignment for 42 designers who volunteered to help the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS by creating an ensemble to be sold at a benefit auction. The result, called Collection Rouge, premiered here last month in a theatrical runway show that will travel to six other cities, ending in New York on March 27. Sealed bids will be accepted for the pieces at each stop, and the top offers revealed in New York. Among the showstoppers was Rebecca Moses' Gypsy Rose Lee. Moses draped the stripper in a sexy blush satin bustier gown that peeled away, piece by piece, to a matching bra and G-string. Gianni Versace also knows how to thrill a crowd. His dress for Madonna was a clear plastic tank strategically dotted with glittering red crystals. Old Hollywood glamour had its moment, too. Anne Klein's Patrick Robinson saw Greta Garbo in a wine velvet bathrobe coat and matching pants, and Richard Tyler put Audrey Hepburn in a satin sleeveless A-line dress. "Some of the designers forgot the red thing, but we worked it out," said Steven Kolb, director of chapter relations for DIFFA. Red accessories tied the theme into Betsey Johnson's leopard-print dress for Pocahontas. The red theme came from G.H. Mumm Champagne Cordon Rouge, which is sponsoring the tour. The crowd of several hundred at the opening was almost as entertaining as the show. The Dallas chapter of DIFFA combined the show with a masquerade ball. The event was held at the Bomb Factory, a warehouse-like live-music spot in the Deep Ellum area of the city. "The exciting thing about the tour is that it will range from the club atmosphere here to a hotel in Seattle and Universal Studios in Los Angeles," Kolb noted. Chicago, Atlanta and Miami are other stops on the tour. The Dallas chapter of DIFFA netted more than $10,000. The goal for the national tour is $1 million, the bulk coming when the winning bids are accepted in New York. The tour is raising funds through ticket sales, a silent auction of donated merchandise in each city and a touring raffle of luxury goods.
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)