Fashion Scoops: Toga Party … Matthew’s Memories … Foot Fetish
TOGA PARTY: After bowing out of the gala-show hoopla this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning a dramatic return of its Costume Institute Gala on April 28, 2003, with a title sponsor already in place. Gucci has signed on to host the "Party...
TOGA PARTY: After bowing out of the gala-show hoopla this year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is planning a dramatic return of its Costume Institute Gala on April 28, 2003, with a title sponsor already in place. Gucci has signed on to host the "Party of the Year" and the Met’s upcoming "Goddess" exhibit, which explores how classical dress has inspired and influenced art and fashion throughout the ages.
"Classical revivals in dress are a mainstay not only of contemporary fashion, but are also found throughout costume history," said Harold Koda, curator of the Costume Institute. "We’re going to track the Greco-Roman authority back through the Empire, Rococo and Baroque periods." The exhibit will even take a look at Hollywood’s representation of the classical past, as seen in Isadora Duncan’s dance performances for "Medea" and "Gladiator."
MATTHEW’S MEMORIES: Matthew Williamson is planning to look back on his career as a fashion designer — all five years of it — in a retrospective scheduled to take place in London. The designer has asked Rankin to photograph friends, including Jade Jagger, Trudie Styler, Helena Christensen, Sophie Dahl and Claudia Schiffer, in looks from his past 10 seasons. The photographic exhibition will take place in September during London Fashion Week in a venue that’s still to be decided, and plans are in the works to take it to other fashion cities. A spokeswoman said Williamson is entirely serious about the flashback after such a brief period in business — and there’s no irony intended. "He really wanted to document the past five years of his career, and thank his friends — like Jade, Helena and Trudie — who’ve stuck with him since the beginning," she said.
FOOT FETISH: Gilles Bensimon’s fall boots and sandals story in the August issue of Elle has raised several eyebrows with images of a woman kissing another’s red lacquered nails or another in an Alexander McQueen corset on all fours, rump to the camera. But one of the less salacious images of a Christian Louboutin satin mule on page 152, shown as a still life of the shoe propped against a photograph of a woman wearing them, holds a more subtle mystery. Turns out the model in question is Diane Von Furstenberg, a close pal and frequent collaborator of the footwear designer, although her stems are not credited in the caption."I thought it looked better with no text," said Bensimon, publication director of Elle. "The idea was to have Diane’s legs, because, I thought, if her legs could talk, they would have a lot to say."
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion