“Color, by definition, is emotion,” says Claudine Barnabé Martin, the owner and buyer at L’Espionne, a boutique in Paris. Emotion is that abstract thing that fashion retailers, editors and designers pinpoint as a key driver of sales.
As the photos on these pages reflect, fall was a season full of saturated colors, red in particular. Barnabé Martin, who carries Drome, bought into red from collections such as Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Balmain and Carven. Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley of Kirna Zabête in New York bought the crimson hue in accessories, such as Tabitha Simmons’ and Valentino’s shoe collections, as well as Fenton jewelry, with special red ready-to-wear items such as Dior’s “Little Red Riding” coat.
Lutz Huelle’s fall collection, based on the paintings of Egon Schiele, used dark shades of green, blue and red, punctuated by a bright orange. “I loved the way the one bright color lit up everything else,” says Huelle, noting that he’s seen a change in attitude toward color in the last few seasons and is selling much more of it. “Even clients who don’t usually buy colors ended up adding them. It felt like adding rays of sun to an otherwise dark lineup.”
While most women will not choose to wear one color head to toe, brights are indispensable for providing newness to one’s wardrobe. “We definitely sell more color and print than black, as the Kirna Zabête client already has plenty [of black],” says Buccini, who bought La Prestic Ouiston’s animal prints for fall. “Our color collections pop it!”
Red features prominently in L’Espionne’s fall offering, but Barnabé Martin also bought purple and combinations of orange, red and black from Givenchy. “There is a fair amount of color [in my buy], and when there is color, it is bright,” she said. “Black is every color put together, while red is life. And with the current trend for rock ’n’ roll and post-punk, you will inevitably see flashes of red, for example, as a basis for plaid. We saw a lot of that in the collections.”
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
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