Citrus brights stood side by side with elegant, monochrome looks on the Paris runways.
Chado Ralph Rucci: Ralph Rucci got some very bad advice. How else to explain his decision to close a season of four cities and 500-plus shows at 8:30 on Sunday night? And in showing both his spring ready-to-wear and fall couture collections together, he sent out a whopping 75 looks for his weary audience to digest.
No one can argue with the quality. Rucci's fabrics, sourced from the top of the ultraluxe tier, make expensive-looking canvases for his crafty, considered details. The Asian obi effects and Da Vinci-inspired illustrations on filmy silk dresses represented Rucci's art and architecture stance — this time pushed toward the future with some zipper and plastic swirl details. There were beautiful things, an ivory wool dress with braided stitching from his spring rtw and a long gray wool jersey couture dress and matching coat that showed Rucci's understated Zen side. And if the fussier fare, like plumed gowns, arty abstract prints and roped leather jackets that appeared in both collections, isn't everyone's cup of tea, they will tickle his mature, moneyed clientele.
Sonia Rykiel: It's hard not to get caught up in the high-energy, giddy spirit of a Sonia Rykiel show. The soundtrack's upbeat and her models come flying down the catwalk intoxicatingly cheerful — this time, they high-fived one another or skipped and twirled their way like freewheeling nymphs. And, of course, there are the clothes. Rykiel is all about the pretty and playful, and for spring, she served up a number of cheeky trompe l'oeil knits as well as light-as-air goddess gowns paired with feathery shrugs and boas. Swimwear came accented with rubbery floral appliqués, and her dresses with tight rows of fluttery petals trailing across the body or around the neckline. Accessories, too, were charming, as in a whimsical bunny hat or bejeweled butterfly hair clips. Even the sweaters wrapped around the head like turbans were amusing. But perhaps there's more cause for celebration than just the fashion — next year will mark the firm's 40th birthday.
Elie Saab: Anyone who's had the pleasure of seeing an Elie Saab show knows how much the man adores red-carpet-worthy dresses. So much so that a Saab collection without a glamour dress (or how about 50 of them?) is like a hot-fudge sundae without a cherry on top. For spring — quelle surprise — his dresses came sequined, ruffled or finished with a bow. To be fair, there were pretty numbers: a long bustier dress in yellow taffeta; a shimmering short dress in black sequins; a yellow satin gown embroidered with silver sequins, and the black and green floral-print taffeta dress that started the show. But for all the fine fluff, the collection produced a feeling of going back — and back again — for second helpings.Rue du Mail: It looks like Martine Sitbon is still getting into the groove of her new collection, Rue du Mail, now in its second season. The shiny chiffon dresses replete with Japanese geometry, either by way of graphic prints or origami-esque construction, captured her arty, ethereal spirit. And while there were good ideas in the complicated cuts, the execution and some of the fabrics, that last set of plastic-y, printed transparencies were off.
Kenzo: Now a few years into his tenure at Kenzo, Antonio Marras has succeeded in creating a quirky, oddball universe that draws on the house's colorful, multiethnic heritage. For spring, he took a voyage deep into the jungle with a surrealistic stage set of suspended plants, dangling plastic tubes and exotic birds projected on TV screens. The clothes were a testament to the designer's proclivity for volume and mélange: a yellow pleated dress with a sequined floral pattern, big coats and pleated skirts, kimono-style dresses and geometric-print trousers paired with an A-line floral top. But not all animals live in the jungle. Marras' geometric-patterned color-blocked dress, columnar Hawaiian print dress and those of colorful feathers would be equally at home in a discothèque. Though charming, Marras' wild menagerie could use a bit of taming before crossing over into the real world.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@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)