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.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia