NEW YORK — The American collections blew through town last week and several designers — some new, some pros — offered their takes on girly flirts, nature lovers and sophisticated women.
Sometimes a girl just needs to slip into something comfortable along with her Birkenstocks. She can head to Indigo People, where in its debut women’s collection, designer Siri Kuptamethee took inspiration from Mother Nature and showed just how cool camping and safari frocks can be with lots of neutral colors and camouflage pieces. Victor de Souza, meanwhile, turned out some interesting draped dresses, corset tops and jackets. A bit of comic relief interrupted the serious atmosphere, however, when one of the male models lost his pants while strolling down the runway. Language boutique owner Ana Abdul created her own line a year ago with a collection of reworked, one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Because of demand, she decided to create looks that could actually be manufactured and this time showed a Twenties-inspired collection of dresses and tops trimmed with re-embroidered lace, beading and silk fringe.
David Rodriguez did lots of ruffles while, for her third collection, Mary Ping took a minimalist route with her cotton twill jumpsuit and a simple tank top with pegged pants. It all looked comfortable, wearable and modern. Wilbur Pack Jr., the gutsy designer behind SKWilbur sent out six leather or denim looks, inspired by the movie "Gladiator," in front of the Bryant Park tents just before and after Michael Kors’ show.
Brazilian beachwear designer Amir Slama showed a slew of bikinis, maillots and sexy cover-ups for Rosa Cha. And there was something for everyone, as long as you’ve got a bod for sin and a bikini wax to match — and who better to model these than than Naomi Campbell. Turkish designer Atil Kotuglu, inspired by the Whirling Dervishes of his homeland, did ivory mini caftan dresses and organza shirts in varying lengths. Korean designer Haneza whipped up some pretty laser-cut tops and a group of airy, beaded tulle and lace skirts, tops and dresses. Y & Kei featured lots of mother-of-pearl, metal and wood accessories with their line of layered, neutral-toned tops, oversized cotton trousers and denim cargo pants. Meanwhile, three South African designers, Malcolm Kluk, Julian and Clive Rundel, showed collectively as Afridesia with richly toned iridescent taffeta or chiffon dresses, often detailed with lots of crystal or wood beading.Zaldy and Anne Bowen brought in live music for their shows this season. At Zaldy, the audience was treated to a performance by Rufus Wainwright before the designer unveiled his collection of draped jersey tops, silk chiffon dresses and crystal-embellished suede pieces. Meanwhile, a lesser-known, but charming Mark Copely opened for Bowen, who showed a lineup of navy, nude and white dresses with either glass bead, abalone shell or mica details. More enthralling, however, was dreamy Ben Chaplin sitting in the front row.
And finally, 18-year-old designer Esteban Cortazar’s much-anticipated debut collection was a high-wattage event featuring the likes of Ivana Trump, Todd Oldham, Anne McNally and the Hilton sisters. But all the excitement turned out to be a bit premature. The bathing suit-inspired gowns and the draped, twisted chiffon dresses showed promise, but most of the collection resembled a caricature of Miami glamour.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion