Real women, those who sometimes feel disenfranchised by the fashionrunway and its editorial ways, have a champion in Blake Lively’s bosom.As Lively sat at Michael Kors in a V-neck-to-there look from thedesigner’s spring collection, she and her ample assets stood forsomething (other than giving the straight photographers something toreally get excited about; they may have enjoyed the “Wall Street”escapades of Michael Douglas, also front-row, but really).
Korsdesigns clothes for real women with real lives and real wardrobepreferences. These women take care of their bodies and prefer a littlesexy with their fashion, thank you, just like Blake. If she makes for anaspirational Everywoman, so, too, do the gorgeous thirtysomethingsCarolyn Murphy, Frankie Rayder and Karen Elson, all of whom walked theshow. But this is fashion, not social work. The point is that Kors ishappy to go public with his love for women with real bodies (albeitwell-toned), women in their 30s, 40s and beyond (you know, the kind whobuy expensive clothes). He knows that most of those women would ratherlook mainstream glamorous thanstop-traffic-on-the-FDR-(literally)-so-the-street-photographers-can-shoot-me-in-my-wacky-coatfashiony.
The collection Kors showed on Wednesday played tothose women with panache and charm. It opened with an orchestral versionof “California Dreaming.” “I love a hybrid,” Kors said during apreview. “Basically we wanted to take everything that you think of asNew York — the polish, the vanity of it — and view it with this northernCalifornia easiness, a mix of the two. I guess she’s an urbane gypsy.”
Perhapsso, although one wonders what that West Coast free spirit would thinkof Kors’ liberal use of fur (don’t you just love a fashion oxymoron?).Otherwise, these clothes should resonate beautifully with women theworld over, delivering Kors’ desired casual chic to near perfection. Tothat end, the silhouettes were almost invariably relaxed and rooted intraditional notions of sportswear — a great coat over a sweater andchiffon skirt; a chunky hand-knit over a fringed suede skirt. Plays oftexture were key — thick sweater knits, mannish tweeds, flannels,python, sequins, chiffon, fil coupé — worn in the most inviting ofcombinations. Throughout, the sensuality derived from deft use oftransparent fabrics.
About those furs — Kors had always been afan. Here, he upped the ante considerably, perhaps influenced by thisbrutal winter, or maybe, his ever-escalating wealth — who knows?Whatever the reason, they were fabulous, particularly in casual mode:chocolate sable coat tossed over denim; mink popover popped over sweats.Because a chill in the air is no excuse for turning down thetemperature on style.
@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