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.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.