Gucci: A fashion riddle: What’s the best time for a blockbuster? Contract time! And guess what? In the Gucci collection Tom Ford showed on Thursday, he knocked ’em dead, delivering a dazzling collection which, at this intriguing moment, makes it even more difficult to imagine the house beyond the De Sole-Ford era.
This may have been Ford’s best Gucci collection ever and, certainly, his most surprising. It combined everything brilliant about his legacy at Gucci, starting, of course, with sex, sex and sex. He manipulated it into the context of the season’s girly trend and made it all look the height of luxury, right down to those enticingly complicated multistrap shoes. Ford said he started out by once again asking himself the basic question: “Why am I in this business? The answer is to make women more beautiful.” That simple query and response has served him well — to the tune of four million-plus a year in salary, give or take, in addition to the gigantic stock options. And, one could argue, it has served his glamour-loving customers even better, because, as they might say at MasterCard: Looking drop-dead gorgeous? Priceless.
Especially when a girl can be all sexed-up and pretty, too, as Ford worked the aggressive, take-plenty-of-prisoners shapes he loves in a gentle palette of white, blush and ballet pink jazzed with more than a soupçon of exuberant brights. But supertight skirts and pants with elaborate seams were but a part of the picture, as Ford worked a number of ideas with brilliant precision. Exhibit A: his incredible jackets. From the front, these looked to all the world like nothing little shirts, but in back they blossomed into peplumed glory, delicately pleated, tucked or ruched. These were worn over slouchy Ts, one side casually tucked into those skinny bottoms. Yet even Tom has to take a break from tight, and he did here with the chicest faux-sports gear imaginable, silk warm-ups with vibrant side stripes. As for those peek-a-boo swimsuits under fringed, jeweled veils, laps are not exactly the first physical exertion they brought to mind.
Evening shone with intricate dresses, one made from silk fans, another, a jeweled cage, and still others, cut girdle-like with unraveling flaps. And you’ve got to love a feather chubby shrunken to bolero scale. Finally, throughout the collection, Ford embraced the snake — metaphorically, of course. He showed it curling around the body on black silk, working its way up the arm via a large golden cuff, fastening some remarkable handbags and decorating shoes. It seems that Tom read up on the snake and learned that, in Chinese mythology, it represents good luck and money. “Who doesn’t need that right now?” he mused. “Along with temptation and seduction.” Touché.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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