GenArt keeps proving to be one of fashion week’s hottest tickets here. The most recent installment, at downtown’s historic Mayan Theater, showcased some promising new talent.
One of its brightest stars was Kate O’Connor, whose fine-gauged knits didn’t miss a beat. She sent out a great coral and beige striped V-neck minidress and a series of strapless or halter "Boogie Nights"-style jumpsuits. Then there was a naughty schoolgirl pleated mini and a wrapped sweater over cropped drawstring pants.
At Mon Petit Oiseau, designer Tracy Wilkinson did girly clothes á la Ali MacGraw in "Love Story." This meant dainty floral dresses, gathered at the bust and tied at the shoulders, worn alone or layered over contrasting print skirts. Denim A-line skirts featured oversized pockets, belts and contrast red, orange and turquoise stitching. Louis Verdad also went for nostalgia, this time via the flash and dash of Mexico City, circa 1950. He worked a simple white camisole over a pretty full skirt made of ribbons woven vertically over layers of black tulle, and his version of a black-and-white striped polo dress was long and plunged deep. And Ya-Ya’s Yael Aflalo had an updated Eighties moment: bondage straps around legs, stone-washed silk cargos or mesh hoodies.
Ashley Paige was all about fun in the sun with a bevy of sexy bikinis and cover-ups, detailed with shark teeth or shells, and a great lime strapless one-piece that ruched at the bust and was paired with a ruffled micro miniskirt. Meanwhile, Antonio Aguilar could have edited out the tricky one-shouldered, one-armed jackets and stuck to such great looks as the tailored cream dress lined with purple silk. Emily Bricker worked an eclectic vibe at Brick, pairing a gray thermal dress with a lace underskirt that was more mismatched cool than odd.
The accessories designers offered up lots of fun alternatives, such as Baltazar’s line of fancy punk- and rock-flavored studded belts and guitar straps or Coryn Madley’s knitted and crocheted wraps, scarves and sweaters in vintage fabrics and hand-dyed yarns. Flavio Olivera teamed metallic and matte-colored leathers in striped hobo bags and jewelry designer Anne Cherico did oversized silver chains and with handcast cameos.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion