Petro Zillia: Designer Nony Tochterman always puts on an entertaining show, and this season’s romp through a Paris disco, complete with an enormous gold disco ball, featured the kind of fun party dresses and tailored suits that epitomize her tongue-in-chic aesthetic. And the utterly campy dancers in glittery HotPants (choreographed by Paula Abdul in a nod to the “Solid Gold” dancers) jump-started the packed house. Standouts in her collection included a custom graphic-print chiffon cut into sexy blouses; wide-legged trousers that still managed to look slimming, and a sparkling gold knit dress perfect for an evening poolside bash. Aside from such looks as the olive-and-gold silk gown, Tochterman managed to retain her wildly quirky point of view throughout the collection.
Hugo Boss: On Tuesday night, Hugo Boss showed its men’s and women’s collections in a beautifully designed lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel complete with plush velvet sofas, Moët champagne and a DJ. The German powerhouse is known for its sharply cut suits and divine tuxedos, and there were certainly plenty of those in evidence, as well as some great outerwear, most notably a black double-breasted wool coat with oversized gold buttons and several chic belted plaid numbers. The women’s collection also featured looks ranging from loosely interpreted Sixties Mod to Seventies “Love Story,” along with some basics.
Saja: Its cool prettiness and nonchalant luxe are the reasons that the four-year-old Saja line is a favorite of “It” girls such as Amber Tamblyn, who arrived at the show late and had to stand as the first look — a beautiful sable-colored velvet blouson jacket over an amber-rose paillette dress — came out. For her fall collection, designer Yoo Lee, whose line is sold in some 200 stores from here to Spain, conjured up a “film-noir heroine stepping into color” — that is, earth and jewel tones. Two of the best styles were a knee-length chartreuse goddess dress and a shrunken, chocolate velvet bolero paired with wide-legged bouclé trousers à la Katharine Hepburn. As always with Saja, there was a touch of bohemian femininity, which was evident in jeweled tops and high heels covered in tiny feathers, which Lee and her team hand-glued themselves.Pegah Anvarian: Pegah Anvarian, who’s known for her flouncy, asymmetric jersey dresses and tops, took a more constructed turn for fall. Inspired by winter in New York City, the designer cut many of her looks in heavy herringbone and houndstooth wools, fabrics that provided her V-neck ponchos and tunics with a new shape and structure. The material also worked well in her comfortable-looking jackets. Several tailored suits in basic black and gray had a certain urban sophistication, while her strict use of plum, pink and gray throughout the collection kept the looks clean and consistent. But the show ended on a dressier note with Grecian-inspired chiffon dresses that, while wearable, did not seem to fit into the overall Gothamite theme of sharp, sporty pieces.
Hurley: In a West Hollywood nightclub Tuesday night, the Hurley show began with characteristic high energy. Design director Dan Levine sent out the firm’s usual mix of skin-baring looks and pieces reminiscent of the Eighties — minis and U-neck undershirts styled with cowboy boots; pink-and-black striped off-the-shoulder tops — but he also attempted more fashion-forward looks this season. There were men’s wear-inspired pieces in the form of tailored blazers with pintucked sleeves and cropped trousers that suggested schoolgirls gone bad, but that didn’t stray into Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” territory. Hurley also premiered its new denim line, Prime Cuts, which featured colorful screen-printed surf graphics.
Eduardo Lucero: Designers sometimes strive for originality by juxtaposing startlingly disparate themes or, in the case of Eduardo Lucero, very different female icons. The designer referenced both Marlene Dietrich and Chrissie Hynde for fall. Skintight leather pants and gold grommet-covered tops, for example, were shown alongside glamorous red-carpet gowns. The stronger pieces here were the ruched rust velvet halter gown and the black satin motorcycle jacket.
Kevan Hall: There’s something to be said for a designer who knows his customer. Kevan Hall’s are of the more mature set, who, over the years, have consistently been given finely crafted, sophisticated eveningwear. This season, Hall was inspired by the legendary diva Maria Callas for such looks as iridescent taffeta ballgowns, fully beaded sheaths and a peau de soie cocktail dress. But the best styles in the show came from his line for Michael Pappas Furs, including a slim cocoa Swakara coat and an amethyst-toned Finnish raccoon bolero.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)