Lagerfeld Gallery: With Lagerfeld Gallery, Karl Lagerfeld frees himself from the ebb and flow of fickle trends, showing more personal clothes instead. So it’s no wonder that, over the years, the collection has taken on a familiar Lagerfeldian feel. It’s feminine, but not overtly. It’s a little stark, but hardly bleak. And it converts sex appeal into wearable clothes. His spring collection was no exception. As in his previous forays, Lagerfeld played with classic white shirts and sleek suits, pairing retooled tuxedo jackets with charming miniskirts, while also providing smart cocktail dresses and high-glam swimwear Helmut Newton would love. Merging a hard, graphic sensibility with the charm of tennis whites, his best looks included a white minidress in sharp pleats, as well as a white leather miniskirt cut with zigzag hem. A white minidress dotted in black came with dancing tassled bows on the shoulder. Of course, now that he’s model-slim himself, Lagerfeld also seems to have taken on yet another role. The health department has their surgeon general, and fashion has Karl, who issued a stern warning on the runway. A cotton tank top, shown paired with a tiny silver bikini bottom, delivered his dictum: 4 Slim People.
Celine: Is Michael Kors dreaming about vacations to come? He’s still got another season to go at Celine, where he has served as creative director since 1997, but it looks like his exit plan involves an expanse of white sand and maybe a piña colada or two. His spring Celine collection was nowhere near the big-time smash he showed for his house in New York, but it was full of clothes that beachified rich girls couldn’t help but understand.Printed with birds-of-paradise, orchids and abstract palm fronds, sunny halter dresses would look just right in Palm Beach or Portofino. A hot pink sweatshirt topped a palm-printed bikini bottom, and a pink halter top with long wrapping ties was shown with a slim skirt splashed with lurid orchids. You know, the girl from Ipanema, etc.Meanwhile, jackets, bikinis and skinny pants printed with meandering gold chains like classic silk scarves were so Capri they were almost camp. Kors followed the sun on this one, delivering a colorful, but uninspired, collection for the house. Perhaps all the buzz about who might succeed him has distracted Kors. But hang in there, Michael, you’ve got one more to go.Costume National: Ennio Capasa is a clever fellow, and he found a way to acknowledge this season’s feminine, girlish fashion direction, without abandoning his rock ’n’ roll roots. The collection he showed on Wednesday was pretty and romantic, one of his strongest in years. Capasa said butterfly wings were the starting point for spring, translated into dusty colors, fluttering fabrics and rounded shapes. Even his tough-as-nails leather pants ended in asymmetric, scalloped hems, softening up the look just a touch. The designer, who has shown all-black collections in the past, didn’t let go of his signature shade, but color ruled the day, from apple green and lavender to mauve and lemon.What kept this butterfly from becoming too cute or cloying was sex appeal, which the Costume National girl expects. And Capasa gravitates to it like, well, a moth to a flame. Raised seams outlined womanly curves on snug pants and satin corsets. High collars and curving bracelet sleeves gave Capasa’s trenchcoats a futuristic sheen, while little leather vests, awash with fringe, gave his little-nothing chiffon dresses just the right dose of street smarts.
Loewe: Concise and clean. José Enrique Ona Selfa’s spring effort may not have reinvented the wheel, but it delivered clothes with an easy elegance that are sure to appeal to the Spanish house’s conservatively stylish clientele. The designer stuck largely to Loewe’s heritage: leather. Sharp dresses came with buckles on the side or in the back, as did short miniskirts and cute little jackets. The silhouette was linear without being severe, and neat leather skirts, halter dresses and skinny trousers with geometric overstitching had insouciant sophistication, with a slight nod to the Eighties. Ona Selfa softened it up with floaty chiffon tops, and he added a dash of sex appeal with skimpy bikinis, some with leather straps, others beaded with jewelry.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews