Donatella Versace has cruised into a new adventure. The designer has introduced a 60-piece cruise collection to round out the brand's offerings. Inspired by a tropical vacation — a luxe life on and off the deck — the collection is highlighted by prints with motifs such as orchids, shells and jungle patterns in acid yellow, lime green, fuchsia and turquoise.
"I have always been inspired by the sun, the sea and holidays in the tropics," says Versace. "This collection gives you a unique piece for every holiday occasion and I had fun creating the prints, which are so Versace." The result was everything from bikinis and shrunken hoodies to snug blouses to evening numbers. Silk georgette, cotton satin and poplin, all of them with stretch, with denim or silk jersey, were the fabrics. And where the clothes end, the accessories start, as evidenced by woven canvas or tropical-printed cotton bags and festive platforms, sandals, sneakers and high strappy shoes for evening.
But a reservation at a luxurious and exotic beach resort isn't the only access code to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana's pretty and feminine cruise collection for Dolce & Gabbana. "We like to coddle our more social customers with a constant flow of new looks that allows them to wear something new, regardless of where they are headed," says Stefano Gabbana.
In other words, if your agenda entails floating from your child's birthday extravaganza to a cocktail party and to a classy charity ball, there's no going wrong here. While taming the sizzle, the duo upped the propriety quotient and experimented with new volumes, via silk taffeta, a fabric they had put on the back burner for a while.
The duo primarily used it for flounce-'n-flare dresses and pouf skirts, which get a modern spin thanks to bold gold metal jewelry, sexy python stiletto sandals and plenty of trims and sequins.
Meanwhile, when Alessandro Dell'Acqua worked on his cruise collection, he had a young Jeanne Moreau in mind. From the perfect black lace cocktail dress to steamy cropped pants over a breezy silk blouse, the collection is driven by versatile separates and offers something for everyone. "The spirit is vaguely couture and the concept of lightness is pushed to extremes," says Dell'Acqua. Throughout, the designer worked a black-and-white palette lit up with bursts of dusty pastels.Elsewhere, Donna Karan is going for the gold, silver and bronze this season, and these metallic hues, in fact, are the highlights of her DKNY line. Playing with volume is also key to the collection, whether it be with a full skirt or a billowing top, but the interpretation this time is cleaner and simpler. "DKNY Resort is about brilliant texture, light-reflecting shine and a soft, new feminized glamour," Karan says. Never one to turn from embellishment, the designer opted for matte sequin and tonal beading for decoration this season.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
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)