NEW YORK RETRO REFUSES TO DIE, THE GIRLS GET BIGGER AND THERE'S A NEW FASHION DEEJAY IN TOWN.
Tracy Reese for Magaschoni: Tracy Reese knows how to have fun with her show. Her program featured pages from a datebook with a different engagement for each day--and she showed the clothes to go with them. There were some great power suits and belted trench dresses for the working woman; ladylike twinsets and slim pants for the ladies who lunch, and Fifties-style floral dresses for a garden party. The bright satins and white dresses covered with red, sequined lipstick kisses, however, were perhaps a bit too heavy on the glitz.
Where's the Beef? This week, it's all over the runways, as a few top models are strutting a little extra poundage, which, in a season of skin-tight, fanny-hugging skirts, is hard to miss. And maybe those ferrets from the CFDA have been able to stop drug taking backstage--if there ever was any--but they've apparently missed a flask or two. Rumor has it that one model in particular is hitting the sauce between exits, and her step is a little less steady than usual.
Cotton Inc.: Heidi Weisel gave the Cotton Inc. show its status. She showed versatility and ease with pink piqué mini shirtdresses, cashmere cardigans and crinkled organdy looks. Noteworthy pieces from the other designers included Eric Gaskins's black and white column; Sophia Tezel's Lana Turner-shaped jacket and Sylvia Heisel's short, white trench coat and huge gauze shawls. The show marked the second time Cotton Inc., the research and promotion arm of 30,000 U.S. cotton growers, has sponsored a joint runway presentation of four young designers. Last November, Steven DiGeronimo, Zang Toi, Sarah Phillips and Michael Leva were featured."Although last year's show was outstanding, I think the clothes that were featured here this year were more wearable," said J. Nicholas Hahn, president and chief executive officer of Cotton Inc., immediately following the show. "One of [Cotton Inc.'s] main thrusts is to gain more in the women's wear area, and it's designers like these that will help us."Betsey Johnson: She's almost an institution. Her party frocks show up at bat mitzvahs, sweet sixteens and high school graduations. This season, plastic gingham and Edwardian jackets, duchesse satin prom dresses and signature florals looked just right. Betsey even gave panties her own wacky brand of commercial trashiness--with models lifting up their skirts to show their panties. In a season of skinny belts and serious fitted jackets, Betsey's party was a blast.
“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
"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