NEW YORK — As a whole, the American collections haven’t been much to write home about. It would appear that safe, and in some cases, dull, is the biggest trend of the season. But that’s not to say there haven’t been a few solid...
NEW YORK — As a whole, the American collections haven’t been much to write home about. It would appear that safe, and in some cases, dull, is the biggest trend of the season. But that’s not to say there haven’t been a few solid efforts and bright spots.
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler made a big noise last season with the Parsons thesis they parlayed into a fall collection for Barneys. Their ethos of easy elegance combined with a perfectionist’s love of details has had editors and retailers buzzing. And their spring lineup, in washed-out pink, gray and beige, did not disappoint. They paired fabrics in unlikely combinations that could work for day or night: the cotton twill jacket with a flippy satin skirt, a handbeaded, washed-silk tank worn over cotton boy shorts.
Unfortunately, Behnaz Sarafpour seemed to be off the mark. Though thoughtfully crafted, her presentation didn’t have a clear direction, jumping from black or white wrapped minidresses and a group of black satin swimsuit-looking pieces to vibrant hand-painted looks. She should have further explored the latter group, which were a fun and cool representation of what she’s known for.
Over at m.r.s., Molly Stern and her posse of designers delivered a tight 15-piece collection of what her customers—such as Ellen Barkin and Julianne Moore, who got the address wrong and showed up too late—love best: hip, artsy clothes that aren’t too tricky. This time, there was a cinched blouse over little shorts or a sexy cowlneck halter top and flared skirt, all with her signature stitched details. Meanwhile, Han Feng served up a good dose of sheer feminine layers in soft pinks, orange and green on clean-cut jackets and tops and pants with ribbon details.
Michael Soheil worked a tropical theme with splashes of coral, peach and yellow on mostly cream looks — embroidered tulle and tiered dresses, sequined tops and lots of slim pants. But he should have stayed away from the tricky crocheted swimwear. The best of the Robert Best show were his navy double-faced satin peacoat over a chiffon skirt and all those luxurious prom looks for grownup girls—strapless, short flared dresses in violet, gray or apple green cotton.And finally, Ron Leal, who’s been designing since the late Sixties, brought the best of his experience to the spirited and elegant Pamela Roland collection. While his daywear was great — that black hooded cashmere sweatshirt and white cutout miniskirt, for example— it was the evening looks that stood out. Case in point: A black-and-white Forties-inspired floral silk dress with ruffles at the hem and along the torso. He also did one in linen over an organza petticoat and a sculpted crepe look draped snugly at the sides.
“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
"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