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.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion