Christopher Kane’s collections have lately become an outlet for hisfrustrated inner scientist. For spring, Kane put flowers under hismicroscope, finding innovation and modernity in one of fashion’s mostcommon motifs. It was a state-of-the-art collection — light and uniquelyfeminine.
Making flowers look new is not easy. Kane did so bydissecting the blooms’ decorative potential, quite literally. Petalswere singled out as large-scale ergonomic cutouts traced in shiny patentthat gave a graphic, pop effect to silhouettes in pastel solids andengineered lace.
Shapes were clean, with a clinical quality thatKane savvily balanced with soft details. Some of the best looks werecrisp white slipdresses spliced with organza sunburst pleats in palegreen. Lest they be too classic, Kane made the straps look like thosethat fasten dental bibs.
More scientific and more playful werethe floral diagrams on sweatshirts, tanks and pleated skirts. One blackorganza slip was emblazoned with the word “Flower” across the necklineand featured colorful, cartoonlike appliqués that illustrated theprocess of photosynthesis.
A fashion experiment, perhaps, but one that delighted in its formula of wit, bravado and sophistication.
@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