Designers traveled from the city to the jungle and back with looks that ranged from cool little jackets to great-looking classic jodhpurs.
Trend Les Copains: New designer, new era! Now that Antonio Berardi has replaced Antonio Marras in the driver's seat at Trend Les Copains, he is clearly steering the collection his way. For spring, Berardi went on a safari romp mixed with Seventies glamour that the designer described as "very Veruschka."
His expedition led to faded jungle prints and ethnic-y stripes for breezy silk blouses and minidresses and onto crinkled linens for sheaths and small jackets with shell and stone tribal beadings. Pale naturals and cocoa browns, along with bold gold metal jewelry, completed it all.
And for those nonsafari moments, Berardi introduced frothy cotton dresses, ruffle front dusters and jersey tops with crocheted insets over prairie skirts. With pretty and sensible clothes taking the spotlight here, Berardi is off to a good start.
Belstaff: In the finicky world of fashion branding, what's more important: runway credibility or celebrity recognition? For Belstaff, which has built its name on dressing a slew of A-list actors in its impossibly fitted leather bombers and belted safari jackets, it seems the answer is runway cred. Why else would the venerable, Italian-owned British brand spend so much money to stage a runway show inside Milan's imposing Castello Sfozesco and have Alex Wek on board? Trim leather cargo jackets, terrific canvas safari jackets, cropped pleated shorts or tan jodhpurs were perfect for romantic jaunts in the Sahara or quick escapes from the city on a bike, but ultimately are better viewed on Nicole Kidman in her recent film "The Interpreter" than a catwalk.
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)