LOS ANGELES — As the city’s spring fashion week moves into high gear Friday, here are the hot trends and some happenings about town.
What’s hot for Spring 2003? Buyers and vendors are heading to market in Los Angeles this week with a list they believe will get consumers spending.
Stripes: Appeared last spring, but are gaining momentum in the coming year. "Forward when paired with feminine lacy styles," observed Sandy Richman, co-owner of retail buying office Directives West.
Feminine: Ruffles, ruching, puckering and flowing. Girlish party dresses, summer frocks, as well as ditsy prints and exotic florals.
Utility (Cargo): Balenciaga revived the look and now every category can’t get its fill — elements are going mainstream in pants, skirts, jackets and accessories.
Skirts: One of spring’s biggest stories, skirts are expected to outshine shorts and cropped pants. They also play a part in an emerging trend — the new sharply tailored skirtsuit. "Spring 2003 suits have a sportswear bent. Cropped jackets easily work back to a pair of jeans. Skirts are interesting with a tank or twin set. There’s lots of emphasis on the new suit," said Durand Guion, women’s fashion director at Macy’s West.
Ethnic Prints: Paisley, Asian, vintage Hawaiian and batik prints from Africa and Bali on anything from tunics to light cotton blouses.
Relaxed Wear: Washed-down, beachy styles such as linen drawstring pants, garment-dyed sweatshirt tops and T-shirt sundresses. "Maybe it’s because we’re in California. Anything too dressed up is not good for us. We like things that are patched up, a little on the ragged side. I love someone to be scruffy and wearing one of our bags," said Jennifer Tash, president of Isabella Fiore handbags.
Think Pink: In shades from baby pale to peony to magenta. "There’s nothing more feminine than pink. When you’re born a girl, you’re immediately thrown into something pink. As we’re revisiting what it is to be a woman, pink is a fresh way to do that. Plus, with skirts and dresses so big for spring, why not start the trend with the right color?" said Natasha Silver, co-owner of the N2 showroom.
Finer Knits: Tissue-weight pointelle and cobweb crochets are a more subtle continuation of the bohemian mood.
Patchwork: Accomplished as prints, as fabric mixes in one garment, or sections of pieced, calico appliqués placed as embellishment on jackets or skirts.
Martial Arts: Pants with judo-wrapping waistbands, obi waist details, wrap tops and kimono sleeves.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye