The Unlikely Bedfellows: How well do Oscar de la Renta and new sidekick John Galliano play together? Galliano has been a special guest in de la Renta’s studio for three weeks now, and many expect the disgraced former Dior designer to influence last-minute tweaks and styling decisions chez Oscar. Sources even tell WWD that a double-runway bow may be in store — a photo-op sure to set the Instagram-sphere on fire.
The Designers Gone Digital: More so than ever, designers are opting out of a traditional runway show or presentation and choosing a digital format instead. For fall, count Rachel Roy, Peter Som, Pierre Balmain and Alexandre Plokhov among them. Not only does the format allow them to show their looks to a wider, global audience, but buyers and editors can see the clothes from the comfort of their own homes. Enjoy your breakfast.
The Returnee: For the first time since spring 2006, Kenneth Cole is back at New York Fashion Week, just in time for his 30th anniversary.
The Double-Duty Designer: Already one of the hottest names on the New York circuit, Alexander Wang is on buzz overdrive thanks to his new gig as Balenciaga creative director. Can he focus on his own brand while under the pressure of his first Balenciaga collection, which he’ll show just three weeks later? And how will working in Paris influence his aesthetic?
The Anniversary Shows: Tis the season for anniversaries — and most likely blowout celebratory shows. Lacoste is turning 80; Nautica, Dennis Basso and Kenneth Cole are all hitting the big 3-0, while chez Kate Spade now has 20 years under its bright and peppy belt.
Live From Lincoln Center: Missed a show? No problem. Anything held at Lincoln Center will be live-streamed this season as part of a deal with Rightster. Go to newyork.mbfashionweek.com and facebook.com/mbfashionweek.
The Newbies: New York ushers in a slew of new showings each fashion week, and this season is no different. Worth noting: Alon Livne and Delpozo. Livne interned at Alexander McQueen, working under McQueen and Sarah Burton, before landing a job at Roberto Cavalli in Florence. In 2010, he returned to his native Tel Aviv to launch his line, which focuses on eveningwear and comes with a dark edge. (Saturday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.) Madrid-based Delpozo is known for its traditional Spanish craftsmanship and couturelike details. The line is turning heads under the new creative direction of Josep Font, who was brought in last year after the 2011 death of founding designer Jesús del Pozo. (Sunday, 11 a.m.)
New Season, New Location: Don’t say we didn’t warn you. After several years at Skylight, Ralph Lauren is moving his show to the St. John’s Center Studios; Zac Posen, who showed at Avery Fisher Hall where the now-infamous fashion slap incident occurred in September, is going for a new, smaller venue at The Plaza hotel; Alexander Wang is trading in Pier 94 for the Cunard Building, and after trying The Maritime Hotel’s North Cabana and the High Line’s Chelsea Market Passage, Tommy Hilfiger is returning to the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side.
The Michelle Factor: After receiving Michelle Obama’s endorsement during the presidential inauguration events, what will Jason Wu, Thom Browne and Reed Krakoff reveal for fall? Look for an even more intense media spotlight on the three this season.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews