There's plenty to be said for doing things in your own fashion. This season, designers and houses known for their highly specific signatures created appealing looks ranging from piratical jackets to sharply cut camel coats to dresses with big zippers.
Vivienne Westwood: Punk’s perennial princess showed no signs of slowing down with a feisty collection built on all of her trademarks, from disheveled dresses, tartan and stripes to pirate-like jackets. Westwood said the collection revolved around the idea of propaganda and consumerism, and to that effect she outfitted models with headbands that read “Branded,” and gave others bags printed with slogans, such as: “F--- everybody but US.” Whether the designer’s leitmotif made a cohesive statement is debatable. But Westwood delivered plenty of great pieces from tailored jackets to voluminous asymmetric coats that are sure to resonate with her cool clientele.
AF Vandevorst: The Belgian duo of Filip Arickx and An Vandevorst has been gaining steam over the last couple of seasons, developing more variations in its silhouettes and adding a greater range of color. This outing, the two chose to show on an ice-skating rink. And though that challenged the models in their stiletto heels, the visual effect was nice. Camel coats were cut sharply while a flourish of white lace around the neck created a fetching contrast on a red dress. Fur was also a theme, with big fluffy backless tops, while a long dress in a green tapestry was held up with a strand of pearls.
Marithé & François Girbaud: Working the easy sportswear theme that is their signature, the Girbauds featured a comfortable silhouette using full ruffled skirts with lace petticoats, vests and camisoles. Fabrics were tattered and colors muted and faded, from indigo and khaki to red and blue velvet. A military theme meant a hooded parka, while a chocolate leather coat came with Western-style fringe. Skirts with a slightly vintage look were embroidered with colorful flowers, while the addition of big zippers to dresses and skirts rounded out the solid effort.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)