The roaring growl on the soundtrack that opened the Givenchy show shouldhave been a clue. So, too, the invitation, which was emblazoned with agiant panther head. Yet the big black cat motif that Riccardo Tisciunleashed in his fall lineup felt unexpected, striking and, ultimately, alittle peculiar. It was decidedly different from anything he’s done inhis women’s collection, though for his most recent men’s show, images ofrottweilers were used in a similar way.
It intrigued even as itsometimes baffled. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, the panthersmade a distinctive, vibrant print that will be immediately identifiablein the same way that last season’s bananas have been for Prada. Thecolors — black and gold in combination with deep violet flowers — heldyour eye as they traced the hem of a skirt or back of a jacket, evenmore so once Tisci manipulated them into Baroque crest prints.
Subtractthe cats and the dominant message was sleek subversion. With meanpencil skirts, blazers and buttoned-up shirts done in shiny black silk,leather and velvet came a measure of kink. A variation on thatsilhouette featured sheer, narrow skirts worn under ruffled minis. Oftenthe look was finished with a black fur or leather baseball jacket thatwill certainly appeal to Tisci’s dark, arty fan base. But there werebeautiful, feminine pieces, too, like the blouses done in pinkembroidery and a cropped sweater in fluffy yellow mohair worn over ayellow-and-black printed skirt that nudged at vintage Versace glamour.
Butback to those panthers. When considered with the cat-eared baseballcaps and big, fuzzy glasses, not to mention sweaters with BettyPage-style pinups planted front and center on the chest, the whole thingseemed born out of irony. But that’s not Tisci’s style, either. If thecats leapt over one’s head, they started a conversation. And a lot ofpeople have been talking about Tisci this week.
“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)