Diane von Furstenberg: Luckily, Diane von Furstenberg isn't one to crack under pressure. Between settling into her already proactive CFDA presidency and the fact that she's knee-deep in the delayed renovation of her new headquarters, she's had a lot going on that might have distracted her from her day job. Rather, her charming show on Sunday indicated that the increased workload suits her. But then, she did dub the collection "La Movida!"
Von Furstenberg worked a Spanish inspiration — a flash of Gaudí here, a toreador flourish there. The result was a typically savvy fusion of the sensual and the sensible, but with a notable upgrade to the sophistication level, starting with the palette. While she hardly abandoned color and prints, von Furstenberg gave in to the lure of black like never before. This put the focus on the shape of the clothes, highlighting the deft balancing act she maintained throughout: girlish froth countered by adult restraint; fluidity by structure; embellishment by simplicity. A fluffy taffeta party dress found a counterpoint in an utterly chic V-neck shift; structured jersey toppers, in a poetic tiered leather coat. And sometimes, the contrast came in a single look, as when a cozy cardigan coat tempered the sweetness of a little lacy cocktail frock.
Color came in Miró-inspired prints and festive dresses, including a snappy wrap dress in red with a matador ruffle. Because while von Furstenberg is the very personification of la movida, she would be foolish to move too far from her roots.
Tracy Reese: Tracy Reese called her fall presentation "Belle," and it was exactly that. She likes her girls looking feminine and polished to the nines, and her models walked out like little innocent flirts done up in sparkling party frocks — the best was a gray sequined trapeze with a gauzy overlay — and prim, not prissy, cardigans and coats. And those coats were charming in every incarnation, from the high-shine jacquard looks to the simpler sporty numbers, which will no doubt have her fans saying, "Bring on the chill."
Lela Rose: Lela Rose nearly hit all the right notes by injecting a little quirk into her girlish and pretty looks. She experimented with layering by slipping dresses over silky blouses — a look that worked well when the sleeves were superslim. The overall silhouette was relaxed this time and looked best when a full jacket and appliquéd top were paired with a skinny pant. There were plenty of dresses for her ladies, as well, some featuring lacy details and, most notably, jewel tones. Several voluminous dresses appeared a bit too tentlike, though, and would have worked better if pared down.Tom Scott: Tom Scott's asymmetrical knits, with intriguing folds, layers and zips, were standouts of the beautifully unconventional sort, e.g., a deceptively simple sweater dress with slouchy sleeves-cum-fingerless gloves.
Threeasfour: Adi, Ange and Gabi took their signature circular motif to a sophisticated new height, and though fall's fluid satin gowns and beautiful coats were safer than usual — for them — it would still be neat to see some fine young thing in Threeasfour come Oscar night.
Bruce: After taking three years off, Nicole Noselli and Daphne Gutierrez made a strong comeback with their Bruce collection, which displayed a more grown-up sensibility in chic day dresses and elegant suits peppered with pleats.
Araks: Araks Yeramyan struck a nice balance between the tailored and girly with great slouchy trousers and easy silk dresses and blouses in a pretty palette of berry colors and blues.
Marc Bouwer: A sweet cocktail frock, a sexy Grecian goddess dress or a prettily embroidered ballerina gown — whatever your pleasure, Marc Bouwer's got your number and enough fabulously faux furs to keep the PETA paint cans at bay.
Akiko Ogawa: Punk-rock glam mixed with schoolgirl-chic made for an upbeat show at Akiko Ogawa, where a highlight was her belted kimono-sleeved tunic.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye