The Word From the Runways: Pierre Cardin, Philippe Venet, Torrente
It's too bad Pierre Cardin chose this season to ban most of the world's press - he turned out his best collection in many years. That's because Cardin abandoned the hoops and his brontosaurus sleeves, to focus on...
It's too bad Pierre Cardin chose this season to ban most of the world's press - he turned out his best collection in many years. That's because Cardin abandoned the hoops and his brontosaurus sleeves, to focus on relatively clean, clear suits and dresses for the house's loyal couture clients. And they were all there, from Claude Pompidou and Grace Dudley to Philippine do Rothschild and Jacqueline Delubac. But best of all were Cardin's evening dresses, which were long designed by the late Andre Oliver. Cardin has managed to keep Oliver's spirit and taste, and the loudest applause came for his drop-dead satin evening columns.
Les fideles de Philippe Venet will feast on his collection of finely tailored suits, sculpted coats and ladylike summer dresses. There is something to be said for the classic suit, and this season Venet delicately cut his in savory monochromatic pastels with long collarless jackets over short skirts.
Rose Torrente brought silk jersey back into her couture collection after a 15-year absence. Taffeta was nowhere to be seen, and her short babydoll dresses for day and evening and oversize organza blouses brought a modern touch to this traditional house.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia