Elie Saab’s world is awash in heavy-duty glamour and revved-up eveningwear of the high-glitz variety. But then, he is targeting Hollywood types such as Halle Barry, Vivica A. Fox and Debra Messing, who have all...
Elie Saab’s world is awash in heavy-duty glamour and revved-up eveningwear of the high-glitz variety. But then, he is targeting Hollywood types such as Halle Barry, Vivica A. Fox and Debra Messing, who have all worn his clothes. Crystal-encrusted, slit-to-there and cut with enough flou to flood a red carpet, his fall couture collection is a celebration of fashion that looks best by the dance floor’s strobe light or that of the paparazzi’s flash.
Saab’s imaginative range included chiffon gowns swirling with beaded streaks and disco-draped dancing dresses in every variation and hue. In other words, these are dresses designed to dazzle. To wit, they were always flashy, and sometimes trashy. Clearly, Saab has set out to build his couture business by catering to the entrance-making battalion — and cleverly so. In couture’s uncertain times, focusing on that high-profile section of the pie may prove wise.
“There’s a Ballet Russe flavor to it,” explained Loulou de la Falaise as she presented her latest designs at her Left Bank shop on Thursday. “My grandmother was a great supporter of the Russian ballet.” The theme was interpreted in deep amethyst blouses, high-waisted, pleated skirts and colorful, Art Deco print silk tops. “It’s also a homage to all of the women in my family,” offered the one-time Yves Saint Laurent muse and accessories designer, who later hosted a cocktail party for her friends, family and clients. During the past four seasons, since she struck out on her own, de la Falaise has established a strong look, based on whimsical colors and tweaked traditional silhouettes. She elaborated on it this outing with velour English hunting jackets, rabbit-edged jackets and gauzy smoking blouses. Other standouts included a black fur trench and sculptural evening gown. And, of course, there was the jewelry, including a divine necklace stacked with pearls.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia