What does one do after a magical undersea romp? Karl Lagerfeld bookeda Chanel journey to the center of the Earth, filled with rich-tonedminerals of sparkling hues, where the granite sand glistened and hugestalagmites of various grays and purples (think anthracite and amethyst)soared high beneath the dome of the Grand Palais. Tilting this way andthat, they evoked an off-kilter urban skyline, prompting Lagerfeld toquip in a preview that “nature makes a good designer, no?”
Yes,especially when ghost-designed by Lagerfeld himself. If exploring thedepths of terra firma didn’t inspire the same level of awe as spring’smasterful oceanic excursion, it still offered a wealth of great clothesand a welcome dose of entertainment near the end of a long season.
Thedesigner was of two minds in terms of mood. His randomly slantedobelisks had a vaguely post-apocalyptic feel, and the girls walked withpounding attitude, their expressions stern under brows jeweled withraw-cut stones. But how genuine can angst be when delivered via sopretty a palette? The clothes, though they seemed to roam, were in factrooted in a single fabulous idea: Chanel sportif.
Lagerfeld’smineral mode made for a savvy way with color — deep purples, blues,greens, grays and some reds — that will look as chic off the runway ason. These appeared in great long coats and new suit variations, manywith sporty jackets. Everything was shown with pants (most often skinnyones), which were Lagerfeld’s big item of the season. Some mimickedjeans, some were knitted; a peekaboo lace version went under agraphically patterned fur jacket. Lest anyone miss the subtlermanifestations of dressing down, he deemphasized evening whilecelebrating intarsia sweaters in the manner of a luxed-up Dr. Huxtable.Through it all, there was sparkle aplenty, in metallic-shot tweeds,raw-cut stone jewelry and a split-personality shoe — half bootie andhalf mary jane, with acrylic and rock crystal heels, a wacky idea thatworked. But then, what was it F. Scott Fitzgerald said? “The test of afirst-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in themind at the same time, put them in a single shoe and retain the aura ofhigh chic.” Or something like that.
“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
"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