“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.”
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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye