PARIS — A profusion of inventive talent gave the City of Light an added shot of fashion energy this week.
Veronique Leroy, for example, delivered a strong collection, exploring oversized silhouettes with big blousons and pants that were gathered at the waist. Her gauze-like sweaters and knit leggings worn with ultrashort minis were cool and sexy. A winning effort.
Andrew Gn, for his part, juxtaposed Southeast Asian elements with Sixties psychedelic influences. This translated into colorful embroidered jackets, tops and skirts. Gn, an accomplished colorist, mixed shocking pink with blue, red and orange, beautifully.
Turkish designer Ece Ege went romantic for her Dice Kayek brand. Beautifully wrought, pleated chiffon and satin skirts, finished with ribbons, were paired with more sportif elements, such as little blousons and fitted leather trousers laced up above the ankle.
Vivienne Westwood remains a master of the theatrical. Her energetic collection, which focused on punk glamour, included disheveled dresses with puffy sleeves, trousers with gathered waists and dévoré sweaters.
Jean Paul Knott, who will make his debut at Féraud today, also explored the world of punk in his mostly black, signature collection of draped dresses wrapped around the body with strips of leather with a rock ’n’ roll edge.
Although Belgian Jurgi Persoons has often gone punk, too, this outing he took a softer, more romantic tack. His floral chiffon dresses and pleated skirts illustrated his evolving aesthetic.
Dirk Schonberger, best known for his men’s wear, presented his second women’s collection. His dresses and skirts were impeccably tailored, while his ribbon-sleeve top and pleated white chiffon skirt with a black flower print added a romantic strain.
Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs isn’t the only man in town with a Takashi Murakami collaboration up his sleeve. Cashmere king Lucien Pellat-Finet also commissioned the Japanese artist to do a series of sweaters, which are sprouting with Murakami’s mushroom motifs in bright color mixes. Meanwhile, Pellat-Finet continued to expand his irreverent take on luxury to include high-end jeans made in Japan.
Stephane Parmentier, making his debut at Montana, took a preliminary step down the long road to reviving this house. Leather pieces came with architectural details, while slim trousers were paired with sporty jackets.Léonard design duo Michele and Olivier Chatenet continue to update this house, giving it more of a fashion slant, while respecting its heritage for prints. To that end, they featured kimono-style jackets printed with flowers and sexy jersey dresses.
Japanese designer Atsuro Tayama started with white sportswear, then added energy with colorful striped shirts and skirts. His miniskirts, kimono-style pieces and cargo pants hit on some of the major trends of the season.
Romeo Gigli’s exotic collection ran the gamut from ethnic prints to dresses with laser cutout patterns and metallic tribal bustiers. Gigli mixed loads of color, from burnt ochre to brown, red and gold in this highly individual show.
@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 (📷: Dominique Maître)
@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)