What is art? What is fashion? Do they make natural companions? Doesthe latter elevate itself by association with the former? All fodder forconversation and multiple opinions. One thing on which most of us wouldagree — even the haughtiest been-there-done-that,it-takes-a-lot-to-impress-me types among us — is what constitutes amajor wow. Case in point: the tour de force Karl Lagerfeld delivered forChanel, a show in which he challenged his audience’s intellect,imagination and emotional core, and made it one big fashion party. Thecommunal takeaway — the joyful side of awe.
It started months ago as satire. “The idea came from people whooverreact to art today. It’s all become a little too much,” Lagerfeldsaid during a preview, adding a quip to an imaginary colleague. “You’rean artist now? What, you don’t make dresses anymore?” Thus, he decidedto address the ever-escalating fashion-art juggernaut. He startedconceptualizing “artwork” — 75 pieces in all — turning his small-scale originals over to others to be realized on a huge scale (they had to fill the Grand Palais, after all). Some referenced Chanelobviously: interlocking Cs made of pearls that were falling off onto thefloor; an image of Mademoiselle’s private atelier entrance; a ChanelNo.5 Robot, and one of the naughtiest, “Modern Narcissus,” a life-size,3-D nude (but for her socks) lounging on an elevated Plexiglas platform.Only by looking at the mirrored floor beneath her would one see thecamellia placed strategically to cover her lady part. As is the way withmost art, it spoke differently to different viewers. One piece featureda furniture series in ascending heights: a mat, a stool and two chairs.As per its title, most saw a riff on “The Evolution of Man.” One woman,an obvious acolyte of form following function, saw a surface on whichto plunk her empty juice glass. A waiter’s quick action restored thework to its original state.
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New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty