PARIS — During the fall couture shows, the haute métier wasn't the only game in town. Two designers also showed ready-to-wear collections — Alber Elbaz of Lanvin and Azzedine Alaïa. Many have paid lip service to the idea of transforming sportswear into eveningwear. But Elbaz presented a pitch-perfect cruise collection — he prefers to refer to the season as "spa" — rich in glamorously draped T-shirts, airy jackets with puffed sleeves that he calls his "summer furs" and dresses that are casually twisted and wrapped like pareos. "It's about less," he said as he showed the collection at the Crillon. But he couldn't have done more.
Meanwhile, Alaïa is no stranger to denim, and the first installment of his pre-spring collection illustrated the fact. "Denim is a fun fabric to work with for volume, and it's a good look for spring," the designer said. His military trench flared out for an Alice-in-Wonderland effect, while his undulating jean skirts were ringed with brown leather seams. The simple counterpoint: white T-shirts decorated with flowers or his new "A" logo. Alaïa also whipped up some new accessories, including a pointy Fifties pump, while also riffing on some familiar shoe shapes. His best-selling wedge still holds court, this time revisited in red patent leather with a cork heel or studded, gladiator-style.
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