Fendi: The Fendis are feeling their oats. Barbra Streisand reportedly strolled into their New York boutique recently and snapped up six coats. Bergdorf Goodman is buying from the house again, and it even snowed during its show in Milan Wednesday. The only bad news: Claudia Schiffer pulled out at the last moment, telling reporters that she was offering herself "as an example for other women" not to buy fur. The Fendis handled the defection with great aplomb. "We hope to see her at our show in the fall," said a spokesman. But, of course, they still had Kate and Nadja to show off Karl Lagerfeld's creations. Fur is out of the closet once again at Fendi. There were gigantic sables and even bigger chinchillas. They came in capes, stoles and big wrap coats. The silhouette is loose, looser and loosest--the better to flaunt those hyperexpensive skins. But, in a nod to politically correct chic, Karl got rid of all the heads and tails that occasionally dangled from his coats. He also did a complete range of cloth coats--some with discreet fur linings, some not. To certain viewers, the show seemed a little haphazard and a bit off-the-cuff. But to others, the ragamuffin presentation was just Karl's way of showing how young he thinks fur can be.
Max Mara: Hail to an Italian design firm which doesn't want to make bombed-out evening dresses or fake a fashion edge. This is a company that knows its customer and doesn't want to lose her. There's no danger of that this season, with sharp suits, pretty mohair cardigans and some of the best coats in town. The standouts were in bright, double-faced wools or plush blanket cashmeres, some with fur trim--or fake fur trim, if you live in a sensitive area.
Maska: Isabella Rossellini's got some competition. The sportswear house Maska signed up former models-turned-actresses Janice Dickinson and Carol Alt to hit the catwalk for its first show ever, filling out a non-model roster that also included Marisa Berenson and Tahnee Welch. If things got a little clumsy at times, at least everybody seemed to be having fun, which you can't always say about les supermodels. It was all part of Milan's ongoing reality check, represented here by precision-cut pantsuits and flannel coatdresses. There were also plenty of good coats, from feisty bouclA toppers to floor-grazing velvet robes.Les Copains: The Les Copains show was a perfect example of what Italian fashion should be all about. The in-house design team of this Bologna-based knitwear maker delivered a snappy collection with enough good-looking, wearable clothes to get a woman through her round-the-clock schedule. Les Copains doesn't pretend to cut new fashion ground, but the colorful, body-hugging sweaters over wide-leg tweed trousers, and the hourglass suits were pretty and up-to-date.
D&G: Cute is seldom a fashion designer's favorite word. Yet that's exactly the word for much of the D&G collection Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana worked overtime to make look hip and hard-edged. While the wild beauty--Francois Nars makeup and Oribe hair--added a tough touch, cute kept rearing its perky head in the crisp CourrAges-style jumpers, red and black knits, funky tweeds and bright vinyl coats. The biggest mistake: the sheer dresses over underwear. It's a tired look. Genny: The designer--or designers--at Genny better get their act together. While many houses seem to be leaving retro behind--or at least expanding their time references--Donatella Girombelli and Rebecca Moses sent out a dull ode to the Forties. Although there's always a customer for basic tailored pieces, even a meat-and-potatoes line needs a little spice, and this time out, Genny didn't have it.
Trussardi: Less was more at Trussardi, where clean, fitted suits and belted car coats were just perfect for the chic career woman. But propriety isn't everything, and the pastel shearling mini-suits looked like a snow bunny's delight.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye