Was it an audition? If so, Haider Ackermann may or may not get the job,but he certainly aced the assignment. The job, of course is that ofChristian Dior creative director, for which Ackermann’s name has beenamong those bandied about.
If Ackermann’s sensibility is more inkeeping with the house codes of Yves Saint Laurent than Christian Dior(an ironic reality given all the succession/replacement/appointmentsupposition dominating the conversation this season), who knows whatcriteria Bernard Arnault and Sidney Toledano will take to theirdecision-making process? This is certain: Ackermann’s collection wasstellar. He opened with an exploration of the smoking, delivered in leanlayers and intricate cuts, and toughened up with demonstrative slashes,straps and belts; the precise vests, jackets and coats keeping companywith fluid silks, some extended into floating trains. The specificityand clarity of thought were all the more impressive given theconsiderable diversity of the lineup.
Ackermann moved from blackand white to color to breathtaking effect. He encrusted a black coat inpinkish-copper from the hips down, an alluring topper for slim pants.From there the hues became more mesmerizing, whether in deep, moodymixes of blues and greens, sometimes three tones in concert, or workedfor greater contrast as in a blue satin halter over high-shine maroonpants. Most significant, this is the kind of color to really get excitedabout, the kind that will look as rich and chic off the runway as on.
That’s true of virtually the entire collection, a few provocativecutouts low on the hips notwithstanding. Along the way Ackerman didsomething increasingly rare these days, delivering genuinesophistication with an overlay of edge.
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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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye