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.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.