Among the three collections at Maximilian, Karl Lagerfeld's is the star. In his characteristic role as provocateur, the Kaiser blithely pinked the edges of luxurious Russian sable greatcoats and attached vests to long mink kimonos. He's not afraid to dye, either, tinting sheared muskrat or mink in rich aubergines and garnets. But Lagerfeld also goes refined -- his long, lean natural mahogany empire great coat with delicate drawstring closures was a knockout.
Louis Feraud's coats for Maximilian were best when he kept them simple. Never mind the multi-colored shearlings with stained glass or lion patterns. The simpler coats -- particularly his opera-collared sables and minks, broadtail tuxedo coats and sable-trimmed cashmeres -- were more successful. Almost every piece of the AltaModa group is looped, knotted or fringed. While some look a bit tortured, the natural Canadian walnut sable hooded coat with signature fringing was an exception, as was the natural ranch mink coat with a scalloped "petal" hem.
Andre and Lisa Bisang take pride in details, and they showed it with their collection for Tepper. Every design had something special -- frog or toggle closures, drawstring collars and cuffs or a shirttail hem. One winner was the camel cashmere cape coat with a golden Russian sable drawstring shawl collar. Among the dressier looks were directionally worked cape coats in golden marten or natural Canadian fisher and a black Russian broadtail shirttail cape with gathered sleeves. Modern shapes are another Bisang trademark. Especially good were the shearling boleros and gilets, and a spectacularly minimalist cardigan in cream sheared beaver reversing to suede.
Bob Mackie is no shy guy, so it's no surprise that he's gone all out for color in his collection for Corniche. Working mostly in sheared mink, the designer sent out classic trenches, officer's coats and even ponchos in deep gold, navy, forest green and cranberry red. A number of looks also featured contrasting fur whip stitching -- the anthracite sheared muskrat strollers with camel-toned mink accents were the high point. Corniche also presented its designs for the M. Collection, including beautiful, neutral-toned cashmere coats trimmed with Tibetan lamb or classic mink and charcoal sable coats edged with chinchilla. Best of the Gabriel Pisani by Dyria Furs were strollers in gold sueded persian lamb and black swakara and the golden-skin mink long coats. And Piazza di Spagna's standout was the shawl-collared wild-type mink tied with tassels.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion