Los Angeles saw more than its fair share of tight and tiny last week. From sexy minis and short-shorts to bikinis and clinging dresses, the runway celebrated body-baring this season.
It’s clear why beach girls go gaga for Sanctuary, designed by Cali poster couple Debra and Ken Polanco. They know what’s been done and what’s needed. In this case, that’s thin cotton camis, flirty skirts and tiny shorts. Jetting from the Left Coast to the Mediterranean, Susan Elizabeth’s Susan Hubbard had the traveling woman of leisure in mind, showing a line of tiny bikinis and plunging cowlneck one-pieces, in black-and-white Lycra, that looked as though they came straight from St. Tropez. Meanwhile, Samora’s shiny short-shorts and short dresses were perfect for women who love to lounge at their favorite Caspian Sea resort.
Designer Paul Magalad of San Paredes said his “lack of sex” served as a catalyst for his racy collection of clingy dresses, flouncy halters and “cha-cha-cha” mini skirts, which were all done with a flamenco spirit — ruffles, hand-sewn petals and raw-edged seams.
Elsewhere, Maria Bianca Nero was in the pink for spring with pretty dresses and no-nonsense slim, stretch trousers, as well as plenty of black offerings for cocktail. Jamie Lauren’s Lure was clearly a function of Eighties verve with zip jackets, sporty shorts and ruffled minis with neon piping while Evelina Galli, who is ready to take her year-old custom business to retail, presented a group of artfully rendered items, such as black silk tunics splashed in abstract scribbles by painter pal Alexandra and floor-length capes crocheted by her mother and grandmother.
Meanwhile, following a short-lived stint designing for Bebe and penning a novel of fetish-punk adventures (no doubt encouraged by partner Jerry Stahl), Monah Li is back, and so, too, are her hand-dyed silk slips and camis. The husband-wife team behind Martin Martin, Eric and Diane Moss-Martin, is well known to those who seek the artsy signifiers of tucks, holes and knots in their otherwise minimalistwear. Eventually, however, the tricks overpowered the clothes. And it didn’t help that one model’s chest was painted with the slogan, “the poetry of antifashion.”
@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