Marni: Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week turned up on the runway at Marni. The fur house delivered a terrific lineup that was everything fur isn't supposed to be--hip, young and spare. While the label itself may be little-known, Marni belongs to Ciwifurs, a third-generation manufacturer that also produces for Fendi. The collection sells in the United States through Revillon, and this season it has captured the interest of key speciality stores, including Janet Brown, which has already placed an order. Ciwifurs is owned by Giovanni Castiglioni and his wife Consuelo, Marni's design director. For fall, she seems to have observed Pradaesque principles of simplicity, coming up with everything from timely knee-length coats to tight motorcycle jackets. Even a suit in sheared mink managed to look great. Castiglioni also paired fur with of-the-moment fabrics like nylon and patent. "We target young, trendy women," she said recently. "They like a clean look, and that's hard to find out there."
Rena Lange: Lange produces the kind of clothes that used to be called ladylike--that is, suits, dresses and coats for the woman who wants to look sophisticated and fashionable without being obvious. This season, the Lange lady will be wearing plenty of fitted suits, often with lingerie touches; little sweaters over soft skirts, and ribbed knits with pristine white collars. At night, she can add a bit of dazzle with rhinestone edging on her jackets and dresses.
Alberta Ferretti: Italians love the mamma. And they've paid tribute to her all week in Milan--or at least, to the way she looked circa 1963. Alberta Ferretti joined the homage with pretty little shifts, boxy tweed suits and some of those knee-length princess coats. And it all looked like the epitome of polite chic. But Ferretti also turned sexy with tight jackets over cigarette pants and bare little black evening dresses.
Cividini: Piero and Miriam Cividini showed plenty of the spunky, playful knits they're known for. But this time out they struck an appealing balance between trendy and timeless, pairing the knits with smart, classic pieces. There were lean sweater jackets or cropped twinsets over gray flannel pants or skirts; melange chenille sweaters with crepe suits, and, on a bolder note, a fake persian lamb jacket worn over skintight leather jeans.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
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