Corey Lynn Calter: The scent of Coppertone mixed with cotton candy — one whiff can transport a person back to the days of cutting class to hang out at the beach. And that’s exactly how Corey Lynn Calter set the mood for her collection Monday night. While clever novelty can take a collection only so far, her Day-Glo looks mixed with whimsical prints and off-the-shoulder sex appeal captured all the fun and flirtations of tooling around in the Cali sun. Calter waxed nostalgic with Summer-of-Love-style sundresses, asymmetric Valley girl tops and Roller Derby shorts, while steering clear of the studied retro looks that were her weakness in the past. ?
But this is the land where fashion types swap visible bra straps for those of a snappy bikini. So out came neon-colored suits gave a high-octane sex appeal layered under deep V-neck dresses and sweaters with a preppy slant. Even a gauzy, tiered party dress was loosened up with a fluorescent yellow bikini top peeking out from the neckline. This is Calter’s first try at swimwear, and she has no plans of launching a formal swim line. Hopefully, she’ll change her mind.
Shawn: Shawn designer Yohanna Logan is having a major Peggy Moffitt moment. But she’s filtering that Mod magic through New Wave goggles since the she also fronts punk band Wow Cougar. In fact, it seemed as though she designed the collection for her onstage gear — a graphically black, white and red color palette; punk-rock details such as DIY silk-screened polkadots, and Mod-worthy skinny cuts. It was a lot of fun and very wearable. Less understandable, though, was fitting monocolored jersey tube dresses on girls with fake pregnant bellies, though the looks would work on someone not sporting a maternal bulge. But this wasn’t a case of Logan thinking she was born too late because the editing, materials and pairings kept the line from simply being a rehash of a past generation’s closet. For example, a Member’s Only-type jacket looked more hipster chic than Larry Gaitlin when done up in a heart-printed satin and worn with slim black pants.
Bao Tranchi: Some things you have to see to believe, and Tranchi’s premiere show could be just one of those things. Tranchi, 24, runs with a glam rock, club kid crowd and as such, her collection was a mix of Hollywood goth and gawk by way of Anne Rice and David Bowie. For an opener, her boyfriend Jack Atlantis sang Bowie’s “Scary Monsters” while strutting in a corseted jacket. Elsewhere, she showed a bit of a perfectionist’s hand with pieces that skimmed every curve of the body in leather, suede and a hand-distressed silk jersey that resembled crochetlike spiderwebs. She then moved through the fantastical realms of leather lovers and velvet vamps, shipwrecked damsels-turned-divas, as well as a corseted crew of mistresses, complete with parasols, bird cages, blindfolds and one glowing, red paper lantern. It was all an elegant spin on “Queen of the Damned,” for which, go figure, Tranchi did some costume work. (She also worked on “Charlie’s Angels” and it should be noted that at age 20, she was the youngest member admitted to the Costume Guild.) The show was almost operatic in theme and Tranchi’s attention to details gave each piece an aura of romantic excess. Her rising-star status clearly fits well with this city built on the pleasures of performance.
@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