Let’s not kid ourselves — fashion week is as much about the new looks on view in the front row as it is about the runways.
In fashion’s equivalent of the red carpet, an editor who manages to get her hands on a much-touted but hard-to-get handbag can unleash a frenzy of sorts and inspire fierce looks of jealousy. After all, the right front-row bag signals the clout an editor has with designers and, in the trenches of chic, it’s as much a sign of a magazine’s health as newsstand sales.
Choosing the right accessory is a more competitive sport than ever, so here’s a preview of what some of the editors believe will be this week’s front-row must-haves:
Amy Astley, editor in chief, Teen Vogue: “I just carry a small clutch for money, my cell-phone, a pen and, of course, my Condé Nast pass. I like my bright green alligator Asprey clutch.No one else will have one, which is key in a bag.”
Pamela Fiori, editor in chief, Town & Country: “If the weather during fashion week is anything like [recently], we’ll all be wearing Uggs or Wellies and a Prada backpack. If it warms up, watch how fast the boots will come off, replaced by Jimmy Choos, Manolos and maybe even a few pairs of Roger Viviers, sans pantyhose.”
Kate Betts, editor, Time Style & Design: “Manolo Blahnik leopard print boots — they are not too high so I can still run in them...and an Hermés Trim bag. No more ‘It’ bags for me.”
Amanda Ross, market director, Harper’s Bazaar: “A Louis Vuitton epi leather chocolate brown keep-all bag and Prada’s round croc toe pump.”
Paul Cavaco, creative director, Allure: “A Gap messenger bag in black nylon. It’s easy and highly functional for my notebooks, programs, my supplies like aspirin, Band-Aids for blisters and safety pins.”
Anne McNally, fashion director, Vanity Fair: “My handbag will be my Anya Hindmarch Bespoke [Ebury] handbag. It was a surprise from my children and has a quote from them in French.”Cindi Leive, editor in chief, Glamour: “A pink Yves Saint Laurent Saint Tropez handbag, but it may be just a little too April to carry around in February. But by April, everybody else will have worn theirs, so why not?”
Anne Slowey, fashion news director, Elle: “My vote is for Prada riding boots and Helmut Lang patent wedgies. Heaven knows if we’ll see high-heeled Uggs, but anything’s possible in fashion.”
@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 (📷: Dominique Maître)
@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)