Call it hippie minus the dippy. A lightly bohemian style, seen in everything from fringed scarves to tribal embellishments, made its presence felt on the Paris runways.
Balmain: Over the last few seasons, Christophe Decarnin has shown talent for sexy, sparkling and dangerously short evening gear. While he continued down a similar path for spring, the designer, who has drawn some attention to the dusty house of Balmain, went Native (American) this time. A minidress came with an embroidered eagle and fringe, while another short dress was printed with a feather motif. But Decarnin's Pocahontas was hardly a one-look wonder — she could also do the bohemian thing, including a long flowing hippie-deluxe print dress with an intricately beaded bodice and a psychedelic tie-dyed dress embroidered with silver stars. Decarnin has found his niche in sexy party clothes, and while some may find his range limited, he definitely delivers the merch young "It" girls crave.
Vivienne Westwood: There are designers who have earned their laurels — and rest on them. These days, Vivienne Westwood seems to have reached that comfortable plateau in her career where churning out more of her greatest hits — with very subtle variations — is enough to keep the machine chugging along. To wit: There were more than a fair share of her signature disheveled dresses, high-waisted pants and bias-cut assembled evening confections. What was new? In her program notes, Westwood said one of her working ideas was imagining what would have happened if "Marilyn Monroe had married an English lord with a country estate and had a kinky relationship." Judging from Westwood's pink gym shorts paired with a bustier, short sequined dress and funny use of cowboy-like fringe, it probably would have been a marriage that ended in divorce.
Isabel Marant: Isabel Marant delivered a straight shot of her signature street mix: legions of jackets — tailored and cargo types — for the most part shown with ethnic prints and slouchy, tapered drawstring drawers. The dusty military palette combined with abstract camouflage tops, bottoms and baby-doll dresses and Palestinian-print djellabas and scarves could be interpreted as political posturing — a notion Marant dismissed preshow. She's just feeling the desert legionnaire thing right now. Considering the schoolish jackets and scarves — two items Marant has down to a science — her stylishly nonchalant lineup felt on point, if at times a little washed out due to the legion of army green and khaki pairings.Commuun: Hitting the catwalk for the first time is often a sign that a brand is ready to take its vision to another level. And sure enough, Commuun, the emerging eco-oriented French brand designed by Kaito Hori and Iku Furudate, delivered a collection that is sure to woo a wider clientele. The brand's minimalist airs are still intact, but more sophisticated forms have emerged for spring via constructed cocoon-inspired dresses and fluid silhouettes honed from combinations of draped chiffon and ultralight jerseys.
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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye