A beaming yellow sun, a giant planet earth, inflatable mirrored spheres, a sunflower or two and a blizzard. Here, a few of the more memorable sets of the season.
• CHANEL A giant world globe was the centerpiece with flags pinned in spots where Chanel has a presence—all to the recurring sound of Daft Punk’s “Around the World.” The set was created by Chanel’s in-house team, which was led by Karl Lagerfeld’s vision. “The spirit of the show was Chanel’s globalization,” Lagerfeld explains. “Chanel opened its first boutique exactly 100 years ago in Deauville, and now there are 300 Chanel stores in the world, so it is a tribute to the world and to the global Chanel.”
• PRADA Created by AMO, the research arm of Rem Koolhaas’ Rotterdam-based OMA, Prada’s “Reclaimed Space” set featured projections of images around the space’s perimeter, from idyllic visuals to abstract panoramas and shadows of a contemplative woman, with seating in the center. “The audience faced an ‘Ideal House’: a continuous interior populated with geometric furniture, objects and manifestation of everyday life,” notes OMA associate and Prada project leader Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli. “Models weaved through the set, acting as characters in a sequence of sophisticated domestic scenes.” The effect was full of theater and emotion—“The show was ultimately more similar to a play than a traditional catwalk,” she notes.
• MARC JACOBS A huge hot sun inspired by Olafur Eliasson’s “The Weather Project” at the Tate intensely shone on the models who walked a circular runway. “Marc was feeling a certain melancholy and wanted the show to have a somber quality,” New York-based set designer Stefan Beckman says. The warm light washed out the looks with an amber, almost gray tone, and the models did an encore with normal lights, exposing the intricate embellishments. “Almost like The Wizard of Oz,” notes Beckman. “He loved that idea of everything being in black-and-white, and all of a sudden your perception was in color.”
• LOUIS VUITTON Marc Jacobs thought up the concept of a corridor of an imaginary hotel. The space was lined in doors that models emerged from with the audience sitting in the center peeking into the rooms like voyeurs. “There is a mystery about what goes on behind the doors,” Jacobs says. “I spend a lot of time in hotels and it’s intriguing to think about your life and what other people think about you—as well as other people’s lives and what people think of them in turn. The hotel corridor provides a really good backdrop for many different characters.”
• MONCLER GAMME ROUGE An iceberg, a fake blizzard and mountain climbers landing on the snowdrift runway via a zip line made up this set by Paris’ La Mode en Image. According to the company, the aim of the set “was to go deep into the brand’s soul, where the cold is absolute and extreme: The encounter with nature, the challenge of sport and putting resistance to the test.”
• CHRISTIAN DIOR Raf Simons and the Dior team homed in on ideas of Surrealism and Pop with countless enormous mirrored spheres reflecting the floor painted sky blue with fluffy white clouds—a clear nod to the work of Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte—best known, perhaps, for his Ceçi n’est pas une pipe (“This is not a pipe”) series. “I wanted a set that would marry dream and reality,” Simons said. “The surreal Magritte-like cloud path expresses the feeling one could have floating above the sky, while the reflection in the silver mirrored surfaces confront you to reality and to yourself. It also refers to the dual vision of Christian Dior, marrying a defined architectural silhouette with a more airy, almost ethereal aesthetic.”
• VIKTOR & ROLF A backdrop visual of wilting sunflowers in black and white and a damaged wooden floor was conceived by Antwerp’s Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job. According to the designers, “The show was about raw glamour and the girl was a sophisticated rebel. Ripped-jean effects were translated to embroidered tuxedo looks. We wanted to visually complement the collection with the set print.”
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)