For New York designers, the look takes on many forms - from pretty florals to Hepburn-esque trousers to all-out sexy gowns.
Badgley Mischka: Not everyone chooses to use a single fashion show to billboard a full range of collections and accessories licenses. But for the second consecutive season, Mark Badgley and James Mischka are chasing the lifestyle grail, converging their entire concept on one runway. At the end of the day, it's a glamorous vision and one that works best after eight o'clock — swimwear, a gorgeous beaded ombré maillot in particular, notwithstanding. The sportswear was pretty and polite, but the stellar lineup of glitzy swimsuits and gowns shone far more brightly by comparison. A touch of the Twenties with a Seventies sensibility was evident in a lovely drop-waist beaded tulle dress and a dramatic silver-and-black tulle gown. And, while a parade of 20-plus evening looks easily could devolve into a beaded chiffon blur, these gowns were all special enough to stand alone.
Marchesa: Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are for real. They infused their spring Marchesa with a polish that transported the collection from mere megaglamour to glamorous chic. Already last season the designers proved that they could get the quality thing down — here they displayed an ability to take a theme and run gently with it, shaping the richness of a Raj motif, not into costume dramatics but gorgeous fare distinctive enough to stand out on the red-carpet crowd, yet sufficiently controlled to avoid folly. And, since the awards circuit makes for a limited market, Chapman and Craig also are broadening their range into the short evening arena, where they proved equally adept whether going all-out sexy with black corsetry or more romantic with gentle dresses shot through with glistening metallics.
L.A.M.B.: As one of the three fashion-designing pop stars with a modicum of sartorial credibility, Gwen Stefani must feel the pressure. Not only is the fashion world keeping a close watch, but her legions of fans are, too. If the latter seek to imitate their platinum-blonde idol's personal style, they're in luck. Stefani's spring collection was replete with looks that easily could be plucked from her wardrobe trailer. Sexy pencil skirts, skinny pants with zipper details, short shorts in bold colors and black-and-white checks — her signatures were all there. The lineup proved Stefani's a master of glam-rockabilly, not to mention leopard prints mixed with adorable basics. And, while we know Stefani can pull it off, the challenge for others will be making these clothes look as interesting as she does.Bill Blass: Everyone has been wondering what spring would look like at Bill Blass since newly appointed designer Peter Som doesn't punch his time card until fall. The collection, actually, was lovely and feminine. The existing creative team, led by Prabal Gurung, who will stay on during Som's tenure, combed the archives and homed in on pretty party dresses. But updates were in order for the modern girl who enjoys smatterings of patent spangles and artful clusters of hand-done rosettes to liven up her evenings out. Even the longer, more involved gowns, spun in light-as-air pink organza and lace, looked fresh — something the house Blass built very much needs.
Nicole Miller: The Seventies informed Nicole Miller's take on streamlined glamour. At times she let the retro theme get the better of her — those rompers and jumpsuits were on the silly side of cute. But when she tempered her nostalgic instincts and tendency to overembellish, the mood worked. The wide, high-waist pants paired with blouses trimmed in ball fringe, for example, looked fresh.
@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
@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)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)