Born-Again Couture: Versace Looks For – and Finds – the Silver Lining, While Ferre’ Bustles and Buttons Up Dior
Long Gianni Silver
Gianni Versace is going to the Oscars for the first time this year, and he's got just the right collection for the trip. Versace keeps talking about being a "modern" couturier, and it has to be said that the...
Gianni Versace is going to the Oscars for the first time this year, and he's got just the right collection for the trip. Versace keeps talking about being a "modern" couturier, and it has to be said that the collection he presented Saturday night at the Ritz was the hippest of the Paris weekend.
This was a collection designed with a sure hand and a clear head. Gianni suffers from no fashion identity crisis: he loves high-voltage gllitz and glamour, and he doesn't give a fig if the old grandes dames disapprove. You ain't ever gonna see Marie Helene de Rothschild or Pammi Harriman wearing Versace, but you will find Diana of Wales, free at last, kicking up her heels in Gianni's ankle boots.
This season, Versace took silver - already the trendiest look in fashion - and made it sizzle. In fact, almost the whole show was dedicated to Shining On. There were silver stockings, silver shoes and even silvered faces; makeup artist Francois Nars said they were supposed to look moonlit. The shimmery silver theme continued into blouses, day skirts, trenchcoats, evening dresses and haute overalls. The best looks alloyed a touch of silver with less precious elements, like short black skirts with suspenders.
For the customer who wants something a little less flashy, Versace offered up sexy A-line suits in the prettiest pastels - some with a bit of silver trim. Versace shares Lagerfeld's love of big ballgowns, even if there aren't too many places to wear them these days. Gianni's tend to be in satin, wrinkled mousseline or a tortured combination of the two. But these extravaganzas were just runway exercises to prove that Gianni's atelier is as good as any in Paris. It is, and so was Gianni's collection.
Ferre's Flight of Fancy
He's trying as hard as he can, and sometimes Gianfranco Ferre gets it right at Christian Dior. Sometimes he doesn't. Monday, alas, was one of those disappointing days. Ferre gave in to his urge to overwhelm the audience, which included everybody from Anouk Aimee to Claude Pompidou. There were too many bustles and buttons and not enough of the crisp suits that have made Ferre the success he is. In fact, the best part of the collection were Gianfranco's drop-dead pantsuits, which not only fit in with the mood of Paris but showed what a great tailor Ferre is and why the Dior atelier is legendary for its quality and craftsmanship. When he kept his dresses simple, Ferre scored high. One knockout, called "Restauration," was short and chic, done in the simplest white cloque and silk crepe, with overstitched ribbon appliques. It's perfect for the Ladies Who Lunch - at the Relais Plaza, of course.
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For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)