Donna Karan was emotional as she took her runway bow. She was nodoubt thinking about the 30 years that had brought her to this point,the ups and downs, about her late husband Stephan Weiss. She alsothought about the stress of the past 24 hours during which a series ofmishaps, horrible lighting test included, had her “freaking out.”
Karan should also have thought, “God, I just staged a beauty!” Indeedshe had. For this career-and-life milestone, Karan was in full-on citymode, sensual, urbane, focused. “I was so clear in what I wanted tosay,” she said after the show. “I wanted to show the strength of thewoman. I wanted to show that after 30 years I think we stand forsomething that is absolutely, iconically Donna Karan. I wanted it to be areflection of the past, and the present coming into the future. Iwanted it to be about art, the city, the body, movement, the strength oftailoring, evening.”
Before the show, Karan screened a film shecommissioned by Steven Sebring that was all blurred images of bodies inmotion, mesmerizing and elegant. Then came the show, opening with threeversions of her original building block — the body — now rendered asbody jacket and body shirt as well as bodysuit. These were worn withover-the-knee suede boots and night porter caps frothed with dollops oflong-hair shearling, giving the models the air of showgirls at adecadent yet refined nightclub. They set the stage for a parade of theBest of Donna, by which we mean less retrospective (though there wereelements) than Donna at her best, not letting earnest crossover from hersojourns get the better of her homegrown chic. She contrastedlight-as-air chiffon against substantial jackets and coats, some withartisanal elements — hand-punched patterns; graphic gold embroidery.This motif repeated again and again, varied by the shape and material ofthe toppers and the exquisite decorative flourish of the underpinnings.Among the coat options: sleek cashmeres, flamboyant long-hairshearlings and a genuinely sophisticated puffer.
Evening rocked,particularly those gowns with fluid, translucent skirts that waftedprovocatively over bodysuits and bare legs. Some were beaded incelebration of New York’s night sky. “I have the honor of looking at thecity lights from my apartment every night,” Karan said. “This place isso, so beautiful, and I wanted to capture that.” Done. And dazzling.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“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)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)