While the focus during theshows is on the runways,designers are increasinglyembracing the charms ofthe digital world. Indeed,there were so many fashionﬁlms on a loop during thespring 2011 shows, it seemsthe still image could have arival for the fashion world’saffections. Hussein Chalayanand Gareth Pugh both showed ﬁlms instead of holding conventional runwayshows to present their spring collections. Pugh collaborated with directorRuth Hogben to make a ﬁlm showing model Kristen McMenamy writhingaround wearing Pugh’s ﬂared leather pants and sculpted jackets.
Chalayan directed a stark ﬁlm for his collection, which was inspired byJapan’s isolationist Sakoku period. Models were ﬁlmed walking in a sparespotlight, and in one of the shots, hooded ﬁgures ﬂuttered the skirts of amodel’s delicate ﬂoral dress.“There is always this performative element tomy work, [so] ﬁlm for me has been quite a natural medium,” Chalayan said.
Some emerging London designers also took to the screen, like JonathanAnderson of JW Anderson.
While ﬁlm is undeniably having a moment, many labels are also showingtheir wares on smaller screens, via the Internet. Louis Vuitton showed springlooks in 360 degrees on Facebook or via the iPhone and iPad, on the sameday as its show.And Burberry, which has led the charge in live-streamingrunway shows, offered customers the chance to buy selected pieces from itsspring Burberry Prorsum collection online—for delivery seven weeks later—and via an iPad app as the looks were shown coming down the runway on itsWeb site. Bottega Veneta live-streamed its show via bottegaveneta.com—butthe video was only visible on that day and to the label’s top customers whowere given a password to access the site, and invited to place their springorders immediately following the show.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia