Dana Buchman: Creative director Max Wilson has four words for the Dana Buchman woman: "Get happy, get festive." Thus, he offered her a colorful bit of everything. His Palm Beach-meets-South of the Border inspiration was just a starting point, since the collection ranged from tailored coats and dresses in graphic Marimekko-esque prints to woven tanks embellished with stones and beading. Other standouts tapped a quieter, more polished side, as in the glazed linen trench and ladylike sheath with a crochet neckline.
Rachel Roy: For spring, Rachel Roy was inspired by modern art — and the collection proved to be a terrific hit. As for her artist muse, just look in-house. Her design team created various abstract paintings with a gentle attitude, which were then screen-printed onto dresses and coats for a vibe of romantic chic. She also artily punched up a gentle watercolor-print gown with gunmetal Swarovski crystals and embellished a simple sheath with wayward collage-like appliqués. Even the presentation, an intimate gallery-like showing with the artwork interspersed between models and mannequins, set the mood. Roy also played up the contrasts, as in a mannish vest-and-trouser combo as well as a bronze frock with oversize gemstones spilling down the neckline. "A woman can be both gritty and soft," she said.
Yigal Azrouël: Can a burlap sack ever look good? Yes, if it's Yigal Azrouël's tunic version. But if that sort of literal schlubby chic isn't your thing, consider the rest of his terrific, artfully casual collection: so-soft jersey pieces, slouchy boyfriend cardigans and deconstructed shirts, all featuring some manner of twisting, hand-embroidery or jute detailing. Even his glitzy, sequined take on evening was laid-back and cool. He's designing with confidence in his undone aesthetic, best illustrated by a floor-length evening skirt nonchalantly paired with a battered white T-shirt and flat sandals. Azrouël's runway proved that he's also focusing more on the brand, sending out covetable accessories and men's wear, and introducing swimwear — love that green tie-dyed two-piece.
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Organic: John Patrick took a fresh approach to his eco-fashion theme, this time delivering a lineup of recycled cotton blouses and dresses and organic Italian linen trousers that looked chicer than ever. Trovata: With a performance by rocker Perry Farrell and a rousing capoeira dance number, John Whitledge's first solo show was certainly lively, but where was the fashion? The eight women's looks — all-white breezy summer basics — left guests wanting more.Jolibe: Clean lines and crisp colors added beautiful definition to Joel Diaz's minimalist suits and pants, making Jolibe one to watch in future seasons.
Rachel Comey: Those black-rimmed glasses certainly gave a prim bookworm vibe, but Rachel Comey showed a kittenish side, too, channeling playful retro charm à la Gidget with beachy skirts and tanks.
Alexandra Lind Rose for Fiandaca: While Alexandra Lind Rose brought a dollop of fun to the label with short pleated bubble skirts, she went overboard on the adorable factor.
Eventide: Design duo Sarah Spratt and Christian Stroble showed a cute, if not completely exciting, range, including dresses embellished with subtle detailing and rendered in a neutral palette.
Boy by Band of Outsiders: Using his classically tailored men's line Band of Outsiders as a springboard to women's wear, former Hollywood agent Scott Sternberg unveiled Boy, featuring mixed-stripe shirtdresses and well-cut tuxedo suits.
Form: Starting with a honeycomb shape, design collective Jerry Tam, Kelly Andrews and Eric Werner worked silk chiffon into chic two-toned dresses and silver taffeta into conceptual, yet oh-so-wearable, bubble skirts.
Todd Thomas: Todd Thomas returned after a three-year show hiatus with an amusing collection of frocks with prints inspired by Rorschach inkblots and SAT tests.
@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