THAT SEVENTIES GLOW: It’s not considered the encore to its blockbuster collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld last November, but H&M has quietly joined forces with another designer: Elio Fiorucci. He created what the Swedish fashion giant calls a “poolside” collection for women, men and children. Slated for delivery to about 1,000 H&M stores in June, it spans retro visors, flip-flops, T-shirts, totes and bikinis, many showcasing bright, tropical-themed prints. Shoppers in Milan will have a special feeling of deja vu come summer: the H&M flagship there was previously the historical Fiorucci store.
ON THE CATWALK: Paging the next Wendy Pepper. Whether or not you're a Machiavellian matron, this weekend marks the last call for auditions for the second season of "Project Runway." After days at Banana Republic in Rockefeller Center earlier this week, the scouting team heads to Miami Friday and Saturday to hole up at the Sofitel to meet the future Michael Kors and Donna Karan. Potential contestants are asked to bring three articles of clothing of their own design and a picture portfolio. Best of luck, and you may now leave the runway.
KOURNIKOVA RETURNS: Except for her canoodling with Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova hasn’t been in the limelight much these days, but the former tennis star is slated to come out on behalf of her longtime sponsor Adidas to open the company’s new performance store in SoHo on May 7. Although she hasn’t played competitive tennis in nearly two years, Kournikova still represents Adidas at clinics and events nationwide. Boxer Laila Ali, football player Jeremy Shockey, basketball star Sebastian Telfair and members of the New York Yankees are among the athletes scheduled to help to cut the ribbon and sign autographs in a day of activities at the company’s largest sport performance store.
COSTUME DRAMA: For the first time, a stage character will be wearing Miu Miu, now that Miuccia Prada has agreed to provide pieces from the line’s current and previous collections to the protagonist and two male characters of the comedy “Tiny Alice,” written by Edward Albee of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” fame, and directed by Abel Ferrara. The play also marks the theatrical debut of the American director. “Tiny Alice” will run April 26 to May 8 at the Colosseum Theater in Rome, not to be confused with the ancient Roman monument.BOTTOMS UP: As if anyone needed an excuse to indulge in happy hour, the denim label Salt Works is implementing a summer-long happy hour tour around the city called Salt Happy Hour. The New York-based company, which names its jeans after New York City streets, will make stops at various bars across the city twice a month to meet-and-greet the New Yorkers who inspire them. Salomon Smeke, owner of Salt Works, and Victoria Allen, its designer, will kick off the tour Monday at Tortilla Flats at 767 Washington St. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Smeke and Allen will give away free pairs of jeans, not to mention margaritas.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)