While Rei Kawakubo jauntily spliced the Union Jack last spring, this season’s rising-sun motif seemed a whole lot more poignant. Was there a hidden meaning to flagwear sporting giant versions of Japan’s red emblem? Was Kawakubo going philosophical or making a political statement? “Grace and nature,” read one flag T-shirt; “Radiant nature,” read another.
The design represents “perfect design” and “pure beauty,” Kawakubo explained after the show. Well, even if the explanation is as simple as that, she’s still one highbrow flag-waver.
And her approach was hardly simple. Other designers cut; Kawakubo performs surgery. Taking a cubist approach to the everyday, she created complex, meticulously tailored jackets and coats layered over and under those sunspots in a très sophisticated game of peekaboo: Sheer zones peeped through her fine-honed seams, and peel-away panels and gauzy sun-spotted layers overlapped, revealing and veiling, while patches of ruffles frothed across the fronts of some jackets like they’d burst through from underneath. Paired with cascading tulle skirts or with pants made from sheer and opaque patches, the look was bold and graphic — and oddly pretty.
@juicebeauty, where @gwynethpaltrow holds the title of creative director of makeup, has become one of the foremost labels in the organic beauty category –– with sales on track to hit $100 million this year. What’s behind the rapid growth the brand is experiencing right now? It all started in 2005 when the wellness movement was just getting started. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.