The spring season ended with a bang in Paris this month. Key pieces such as platform shoes, cropped jackets and romantic blouses paved the way for some highly praised collections, among them Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. In addition, WWD said Paris offered "great dresses, easy sportswear and other creative styles that should keep the luxury business rolling." Linda Fargo, senior vice president of fashion office and store presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, commented, "Paris always crystallizes the spirit of the season." The top 20 Paris collections accounted for 31.8 million page views on Style.com, 47 percent more than last year.
CHANEL Page views: 3,075,257 "Karl Lagerfeld showed a perplexing collection," said WWD, noting his color choices for spring — black, white, pink and yellow — and the odd combinations of pieces on the runway, such as a tweed jacket paired with sequined swim briefs. Still, he had some standouts, like his short tweed dresses and the tulle-veiled jeans.
LOUIS VUITTON Page views: 2,337,041 It was a romantic, gorgeous spring at Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs sent out a lineup of cashmeres, floral prints and plenty of accessories. And since handbags are the engine that drives the fashion house, they "just kept coming," said WWD, "embroidered, printed and appliquéd with lace."
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Page views: 2,206,550 Working with Edwardian tailoring and extra curvy gowns, Alexander McQueen showed a collection that WWD called "perfection." He sent out solid silk gowns with flower petals, corset dresses, a tiered black gown and a dress with a poufed-out hem and plenty of crystal beading.
BALENCIAGA Page views: 2,168,500 Nicolas Ghesquière's dark approach to fashion futurism was evident in his visions for spring. He showed sleeveless jackets, bronze warrior dresses and brassy leg armor on the one hand, but made sure to include some salable pieces, such as his printed scarf dresses, stiff miniskirts and tunics.
VALENTINO Page views: 1,906,922 Using a colorful palette for spring, Valentino's evening lineup of romantic gowns oozed sophistication, even with the endless ruffles and bows attached. His shorts set showed his versatility, while a naughty white dress with a peekaboo latticework design raised some eyebrows in the crowd.CHLOE Page views: 1,827,352 Continuing the youthful, fresh theme established by Phoebe Philo, designer Yvan Mispelaere — in his last effort before leaving for Gucci and being replaced by Paulo Melim Andersson — delivered a charming spring collection that almost ventured into "too cute" territory. He sent out plenty of Seventies-inspired loose dresses and wearable sportswear pieces. He countered these with quilted, darker boho looks that were appealing. LANVIN Page views: 1,715,844 Alber Elbaz's spring was a "très sexy rendition of the season's futuristic look," said WWD. He showed short tulle dresses with gladiator skirts, and dresses adorned with zippered pockets. Other pieces literally glistened, like his black trench that looked slicked with oil.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Page views: 1,697,159 If you believe in time travel, Jean Paul Gaultier has the perfect spring collection for you. He spanned the decades with his motorcycle jacket, cone-breasted corset dress and skirts for men. He also picked up a sporty motif with his sequined track jackets, satin gym shorts and silky hoodies.
CHRISTIAN DIOR Page views: 1,680,608 The collection John Galliano showed "was all about real clothes for real stores," said WWD. By day, he dressed his gals in smart suits, some with interesting cuts, others with rounded shoulders. By night, he draped them in embroidered dresses and white jersey frocks, embellished with small metal hoops.
HUSSEIN CHALAYAN Page views: 1,617,096 Hussein Chalayan offered a "cunning visual feast" with his futuristic pieces and mechanically transforming dresses. A lacy Victorian dress morphed into a flapper number, while another model's transparent sheath was sucked up into the brim of her hat, leaving her stark naked.
YVES SAINT LAURENT Page views: 1,487,505 On a runway tightly packed with flowers, Yves Saint Laurent targeted the Eighties working woman with floral dresses, ginghams, layered gowns and the occasional daring retro piece. The collection "displayed a savvy evolution with clothes that should resonate beautifully at retail," said WWD.
STELLA MCCARTNEY Page views: 1,407,553 Stella McCartney's "pretty sportif" niche was in full force for spring, and "it made for a fresh, utterly delightful collection," said WWD. She showed subtly sporty dresses and layered tanks, simple anoraks and even a long jacket over a leggy romper.JOHN GALLIANO Page views: 1,300,612 The crowd wondered where was the merch at John Galliano. "He offered garish-toned short dresses and gowns decorated with graphic embroideries that looked like metallic stickers from the corner Hallmark store," said WWD.
HERMES Page views: 1,241,042 The Hermès collection Jean Paul Gaultier showed made up for the lack of an interesting backdrop on the runway. While his models walked a gangplank filled with deck chairs, the pantsuits, gold swimwear, chiffon dresses and suede baseball jackets made for a breezy spring collection.
VIKTOR & ROLF Page views: 1,168,222 "Welcome to Paris!" screamed Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren's spring collection. Inspired by the disciplines of ballroom dancing and figure skating, the duo showed a beautiful lineup of sleek coats, goddess gowns and detailed blouses. "The collection epitomized the wondrous possibilities of Paris fashion," said WWD.
MIU MIU Page views: 1,102,461 Sticking to a no-nonsense approach for spring, Miuccia Prada's long silk dresses with wild tribal prints were a welcome balance of alternative and chic. She also kept looks — such as her richly colored shirts over trousers and miniskirts — fresh and feminine, yet still structured.
DRIES VAN NOTEN Page views: 1,091,333 With a runway backdrop of 130,000 pink flowers, Dries Van Noten showed a collection that "exuded the quiet confidence of knowing cool, and it offered oh so much to wear," said WWD. He sent out silk anoraks and track jackets for day and romantic embroidered floral sack dresses for evening.
GIVENCHY Page views: 1,058,728 Ricardo Tischi's collection was "a full-throttle fashion show full of hyperconscious clothes," said WWD. The jeweled vest, paired with a knit suit, and the thick, heavy dresses of shaggy fringe were crafty; "whether the house can maintain itself on his grandiose imagination alone is another matter."
VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Page views: 895,733 Though Vivienne Westwood delivered with her signature dresses, tailored skirts and slouchy trousers, her collection was a little on the wobbly and awkward side. Perhaps it had something to do with the poor model who fell flat on her derrière a couple of times toward the end of the show.KARL LAGERFELD Page views: 845,809 "Aside from the occasional outlandish flourish, Lagerfeld focused on real, wearable clothes," said WWD. He sent out edgy, Eighties-like dresses that included plenty of layers; the minis and cotton baby dolls carried the same edge, even with their sharp, flat ruffles.
@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
@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)