After a mere year in business, Prabal Gurung has attracted tons ofattention — editorial, retail and celebrity alike. It’s a lot to live upto in so short a time, and the pressure to keep things interesting istremendous. In the collection he showed on Saturday, Gurung at timesmade things a little too interesting, but the intrepid spirit thusdisplayed more than made up for the obvious growing pains.
Whatwas so refreshing about the designer’s first collection a year ago wasits high-style polish delivered with a knowing touch of restraint. Thisseason, that control sometimes gave way to overzealous cuts worked withtoo-complicated folds and flounces. These came structured and soft, asGurung played with notions of speed and motion, inspired in part by EastVillage bikers. But vroom-vroom chic is not his milieu, and some looksfelt forced. Not so, however, when he let up a bit, as with a lovelywhite, black and gray dress gathered on one shoulder, or a more girlishfroth of black-and-white ruffles.
Yet it was when Gurungshifted gears more obviously that he was at his best. Case in point: hiscoats, including a color-blocked wool and a pair of sheared minks, oneunder a lush fox capelet. In these he streamlined his glamoroussensibility without tempering it, and the results were sensational.
@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