Once again, accessories presentations offered a sweet escape from the runway madness this season. Roger Vivier was a must-see since designer Bruno Frisoni, inspired by the Fifities and a photograph of Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren at the time of "The Birds," created an eclectic collection that was mesmerizing. Hand-painted feathered accessories accompanied Cubist jewelry and wood bead Taxi bags, along with architectural shapes and flowered confections in both bags and shoes. Frisoni's own collection was invigorated with new shoe styles — from sporty neons to buckled heels — plus framed patent day bags, and also featured a fish-patterned fabric found on a trip to Africa.
Another Parisian favorite, Pierre Hardy, showed a large collection of shoes raised on a new piano heel. The range included an intricate studded sandal inspired by Botticelli's "Primavera," as well as futuristic metallic, mesh and neoprene heels. Another noteworthy addition was a heeled version of Hardy's iconic sneakers.
Meanwhile, the atelier des chaussures Christian Louboutin featured an expanded handbag collection — framed styles and totes in a variety of colors and materials, along with great evening numbers. Snakeskin platform sandals, vampy heels and neon-trimmed shoes were other standouts. Swarovski, for its part, took its cue from the architecture of major American cities in the Fifties and Sixties. Structured jewelry and vibrant bags ruled, along with a new technique of quilting crystal mesh.
VBH was also bursting with bags this season. Long hobos and bubbly straphangers were the best of daytime, and hand-painted stingray styles were eye-catchers. Among the noteworthy pieces at Longchamp was a limited edition hand tie-dyed suede tote, of which only 100 will be sold internationally. The brand featured two nylon totes, too, which were embroidered with an illustrated scene inspired by the "chic travels of Kate Moss," who appears in the company's ad campaign. After two seasons of factory problems, Devi Kroell once again has shoes to accompany her handbags. Rich skins and interesting bows adorned the shoes, and Kroell explored woven straw along with folded frame hobos and roomy bucket shapes for her bags.
@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