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.
@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
@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)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)