NEW YORK — Halfway through the collections and the uncooperative weather doesn’t seem to be slowing the shows down. Over the weekend, die-hard fashion lovers were treated to shows by a number of rookies, along with those of more experienced...
NEW YORK — Halfway through the collections and the uncooperative weather doesn’t seem to be slowing the shows down. Over the weekend, die-hard fashion lovers were treated to shows by a number of rookies, along with those of more experienced designers.
First off, to be filed under designing wives with music celeb husbands, add Marie Claudinette Pierre-Jean — Wyclef’s better half. She premiered her Fushá line with Patti LaBelle and Ben Vereen cheering her on from the front row. Out came what she billed as French-Caribbean couture or, translated, super-sexy clothes mixing hip-hop style with a bit of 18th-century romance. Of note was a fabulous shirred mink dress, but the black and silver-striped ballgown had too much going on. And the black leather and lace catsuit? More Shania Twain show than Mary J. Blige cool.
Now, pay attention, hipsters. Newcomer Doori Cheung is designing with you in mind. For her first Doo.Ri. show, she turned out a lineup of beautiful draped dresses with string details, pleated tops and smart full skirts. The felt coat with a shredded scarf effect at the neck was strong, too. But the batik-print denim skirt and shrug seemed out of place in an otherwise solid effort.
Also testing the waters was Texas-born Parsons grad Matthew Earnest with his M.E. by Matthew Earnest presentation. He showed a deft hand at tailoring with well-constructed jackets, skirts and dresses in traditional men’s wear fabrics, topping it all with such girly elements as gold lace accents or colored satin linings. The results were hit and miss. The hits showed real promise. But one word of advice: Lose the leotards.
As for the more seasoned Alice Roi: Too cute — unless you’re Mary Poppins and need all those balloon skirts to lift off. Her lineup was rife with them, some even worn over pants. At times, she did touch down, though, with knit cardigans and tailored jackets over little shifts. Meanwhile, Lloyd Klein showed billowing chiffon blouses and delicate satin knickers played off tailored military jackets and three-piece corduroy suits in his fall collection. Its theme, as he wrote in the program notes, was the romance of two lovers in wartime Paris. His military motif had potential, but, unfortunately, the drama ended there, marred by too many shredded hemlines and poorly proportioned silhouettes.And while it may have been snowing outside on Friday, it was hot, hot, hot inside Bergdorf Goodman when Rosa Cha’s Brazilian Amir Slama presented his latest sizzling swimwear, including a maillot with an artfully sliced front or a triangle top with provocative slits. Slama also layered thin strips of fabric tightly together for a horizontal pin-tuck look or sewed these individually onto a suit to suggest waves. But the audience seemed most excited by his photo series. For about $200, shoppers can have their favorite photo transposed onto one of six swimsuit styles or a canvas tote.
The goal of Tawfik Mounayer’s collection seems to be an admirable one: making clothes for girls who want their sophisticated chic with a little something extra. He succeeded with a group of wrapped, black jersey knits in a variety of stylish silhouettes that evoked Seven Easy Pieces-era Donna Karan. And while the shape and print of the silk dresses and tops didn’t always work, the cut of the shoulders was distinctive — cleverly crafted to appear to be casually slipping off.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye