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.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)