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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)