SELF-REFERENTIAL SOUNDTRACKS: You can’t blame an entrepreneurial superstar for trying to get the most promotional mileage out of her fashion show. Jennifer Lopez blasted her new single, “Hold It Don’t Drop It,” over the sound system as her spring collection went down the catwalk, while hubby Marc Anthony sang along from his front-row seat.
Elsewhere, designers’ playlists gave musical shout-outs to their rocker pals in the crowd. Rihanna strutted down the Dsquared runway to the sound of her own voice singing “Shut Up and Drive.” And when the lights went up on the Dior by John Galliano show, Sting’s “An Englishman in New York” boomed, much to the delight of the Englishman himself, poised in the front row with wife Trudie Styler.
But some celebs showed up simply to catch the action and cheer on their friends. Lily Allen hit Luella, Mary J. Blige went to J.Mendel, Kanye West sat for no fewer than 10 shows and Paul McCartney came out for his daughter, Stella. Even seldom-seen Carole King braved the paparazzi frenzy, sitting in Zac Posen’s front row alongside fellow musicians Lisa Marie Presley; her daughter, Riley Keough, and Bette Midler.
MOST CONTROVERSIAL: The lyrics to The Pierces’ song, “Boring,” are racy for even the most risqué designer—“Sexy boy/Girl on girl/Ménage à trois/Boring/Marijuana/Cocaine/Heroin/Boring”—so when they came blaring over the sound system at Ralph Lauren’s 40th anniversary show, editors couldn’t help but look at each other in disbelief. Was this really the soundtrack for the Lauren lifestyle? It got even more outrageous with the second verse: “Galliano/Donatella/Dolce & Gabbana/Boring.” One can only assume the designer dis was all in good fun. ALL TOGETHER NOW: Some audience members couldn’t help but sing along when their favorite tracks played at the shows. At Vera Wang, front-rower and socialite Jamee Gregory gleefully joined in on The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” and when Olivia Newton-John’s “Xanadu” started at Michael Kors, Mario Testino and Hal Rubenstein matched the campy songstress note for note.
PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM: Any editor or buyer who considered adding folk singer Feist’s album, Reminder, to their collections got a pretty good taste of the record this season when no less than three designers played tracks off the album. Pringle chose “1234,” Carolina Herrera opted for “My Moon My Man” and Erin Fetherston went for “Sealion.”
MOST INVENTIVE MIXES: The designers in Milan raised the bar for playlists with the most creative collaborations. At MaxMara, a techno pop and electronic arrangement of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was mixed with Malcolm McLaren’s “Buffalo Gals 2 Remix.” Giorgio Armani was inspired by Southern Italy and opened his show with stornelli (short popular tunes) and the electronic sounds of Agricantus, a Sicilian band. And Jil Sander combined the instrumental “Moss Garden” by David Bowie and Brian Eno with the sounds of a koto, a traditional Japanese string instrument, and a synthesizer.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews