SPRING ART ATTACK: Lafayette 148’s spring collection draws from the work of three female American artists — Georgia O’Keeffe, Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell (not to be confused with the musician Joni Mitchell.) Creative director Emily Smith said they decide on each artist due to their respective sense of color and abilities to blend shades such as O’Keeffe's beautiful teals as well her fondness for denim. “What I like from all of these artists is the idea of the curved lines, the soft shapes, sculptural images and the hand brush strokes,” Smith said.During a walk-through Friday morning, buyers from Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s were busy placing orders. Among the options were a Jackson Pollock-like printed white dress that appeared to be splattered with blue paint — a concept that the design team finessed during one of their monthlong visits to the company’s factory in Asia. Another standout is a relaxed linen trench with colorful brush strokes.With about 75 percent of the company’s staff made up of women, Lafayette 148 is rooted in not just apparel that represents form follows function, but that which is comfortable. Smith, a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate, said, "We’re much more into wardrobing than outfitting. We just believe it’s about modern wear-to-wear into lifestyle dressing." That said, there are core pieces like sweaters that can easily be worn three times a week to simplify workday dressing, as well as T-shirts, shorts and pants. The first group, which ships in March, is dedicated to O’Keeffe and features several chambray pieces such as a long dress, linen pieces, shimmery sweaters and superlightweight pieces.With an eye on construction, Lafayette 148’s boyfriend jackets, shirtdresses, summer sweaters, anoraks in shirting weight material, belted city shorts and trenchcoats are among the options. Smith said, "This season it’s all about sleeve detail and striped shirting. It’s the moment of the blouses. Sweaters and all the casual luxe lifestyle are sort of a new way of dressing to go to work, but you can also wear it for the weekend. Anything that is easy-for-her and not overdone is what everyone is gravitating towards."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)