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.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews