There was a little of everything on the spring runways, from simple, clean-cut pants to Mexican-motif baby-doll tops to flirty bloomers inspired by Julie Christie.
Just Cavalli: It's no surprise that, when hot weather comes, Roberto Cavalli's Just Cavalli girl will be heading to some rocking beach party. The question is: What sandy shores will she hit next? According to the stage set, Cavalli imagines his sultry chica frolicking amongst Mayan ruins and two-story-high tropical cocktails alike. That summer staple, white cotton piqué, gets a Cavalli makeover when cut into micro blazers with python borders and plastic coating, or a swingy circle skirt topped by a brightly striped polo. Floaty cotton gauze trapeze and baby-doll tops decorated with Aztec relief and Mayan motifs looked fresh topping skinny, cropped denim jeans. But when Cavalli really pumped up the volume, as in ridiculously huge balloon sleeves on dresses and tops that drooped under their own weight, it made a girl yearn for the simple breezy peasant-style tops over racy swimsuits that closed the show.
Mila Schön: Over the past few seasons, Mila Schön's design team has been working through some kinks — attempting to find its footing between the house's past and a contemporary collection.
Moving forward is never an easy task, especially when a brand's identity isn't well-defined. Yet for spring, the team reached a better equilibrium with smart tailored jackets, graphic chiffon dresses, wide-knit macramé tanks and flouncy miniskirts. A steady palette of black, white and cream kept the collection clean, if at times too safe. The show notes said the collection set out to "explore the world of contrasts with grace and a dash of playful mischief," and while there was grace in the jackets' delicate braid details, mischievousness, it seems, will have to wait until next season.
Byblos: The mood was pretty much a summery evolution of last season's mixed message, in which sporty pieces and good tailoring were designed to share closet space.
The design foursome at Byblos agreed that Julie Christie, at her feminine best, would be their starting point. To that end, they whipped up a lineup of bloomers, nipped blazers, ruffled knitwear, denim and a plethora of silk camisoles, which they mixed with abandon in contrasting combos. The color chart was abloom with sage green, lilac, rose and baby yellow in solids and color-blocked prints.Debora Sinibaldi: It's natural for any neophyte designer to experiment with aesthetics before firmly carving out an identifiable look. In her third season, Debora Sinibaldi made the forgivable mistake of departing from her sophisticated-yet-easy tailoring and going for tricky glam. Before the show, she dubbed the collection "everyday star," and said she was after a kind of egalitarian sexiness. Yet her confusing means — laser cut, layered chiffon skirts, cropped gray sweatshirt hoodies and fur-trimmed clogs — fell short of the promised end. Fortunately, she returned to sweet elegance with smart black-and-white, A-line knit dresses, silk basket-weave jackets and sweet gingham bustier tops. Sinibaldi has some growing pains to go through still, but if she focuses on dressing the kind of women she is — a striking mother of three — she'll reach the audience she's after.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye