Fashion roared back to life this season—musically speaking, that is.
With few live performances for the spring 2010 runways, designers in all the fashion capitals returned to using musicians to set the mood for fall. At his William Rast show in New York, Justin Timberlake promoted Memphis progressive hip-hop/rock-soul band Free Sol (which happens to be signed to his Tennman Records label). The band performed over tracks by The Dead Weather, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Tom Waits, adding a live feel and a depth of sound. Vena Cava enlisted pop-rock California cuties The Like, who performed songs from their upcoming album, while Cynthia Rowley hired one of her favorite bands, Preacher and the Knife, to perform at her Gotham Hall show. Brooklyn duo Soft Circle complemented Tess Giberson’s collection with guitars and synthesized sounds. Elisa Palomino’s soundtrack merged classical music from the turn of the 20th century with Chinese jazz from the Twenties via three vocalists: Brett Umlauf, Amber Youell-Fingleton and Shien Lee. At Alice + Olivia, glam-rapper Mickey Avalon worked it between two Champagne-pouring dancers.
Isaac Mizrahi chose jazz band The Bad Plus for a third straight season, and Zac Posen invited Israeli hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari to perform.
London also got a dose of live music courtesy of Courtney Love’s impromptu performance at Alice Temperley’s party at Selfridges.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty