Matthew Williamson: Matthew Williamson, who celebrates 10 years in the business this season, nearly keeled over on Sunday night when Prince asked if he could perform at his show in Eton Square on Wednesday. The designer, who'd only met the pint-sized singer backstage at his London concert a few weeks before, was thrilled, of course, but never believed it would ever happen.
"The whole thing was so bizarre," said Williamson after the show. "It was only when Prince arrived at the tent that I started to calm down."
Prince performed for free to mark the anniversary, said Williamson's business partner, Joseph Velosa. And a film industry source said the footage from the show would be used in one of Prince's music videos. Prince sang "Chelsea Rodgers," a song in honor of his eponymous muse — who also happens to be a friend of Williamson's, and who modeled in the show.
The impromptu performance was only a taster for the spectacular show that lay ahead. Williamson was inspired this season by an English rose who's decided to ramble around the world. During her journeys, Williamson's urban-hippie nomad dons airy, ruffle-trimmed chiffon dresses, tunics and tops, all with mysterious prints: scribbles, butterfly wings, stars, maps, "Da Vinci Code"-esque letter clues and open books. And when she isn't dressing for intrigue, Williamson's woman is channeling Egyptian princesses and Aztec goddesses. Her shifts are studded with bright beads in zigzag patterns, and her beaded necklace collars come in eye-popping colors. But the collection wasn't all travel and leisure: A silk, fuchsia tea dress with delicate, crushed rosettes circling the waist reminded everyone there's no place like home.
Aquascutum: There were a lot of wearable looks in this sensible collection by Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler: embroidered shifts with cap sleeves, streamlined coatdresses with a single toggle, tailored blazers and shirtdresses with wide, floppy collars. In their most daring moments, the duo played with an Aquascutum classic — the trench — dusting the hems with silver appliqués and splashing hand-painted roses elsewhere. Their kimono-inspired jackets with trench belts, however, were boxy and bulky — a look that most women can do without.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@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)