Engaging in a game of verbal free-association to gauge their mood forfall, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez came up with words including“Energy,” “Abstraction,” “Humor,” “Color,” “Instinct,” “Spontaneous.”They printed them on press notes, and recited a few more backstagebefore their show. “It’s about having fun,” said Hernandez. “Andcreativity and energy and life.” The collection was all those things,plus a lot more, since clothes are not actually made of fun. The spreeof frenetic colors and patterns the designers unleashed was a product offertile imagination and incredible technical skill.
Hernandezand McCollough are fabric-focused, always pushing and testing. Here theynursed a major color and pattern infatuation fueled by doing sketchwork in color pencils and meeting sculptor Ron Nagle, known for hisacid-hued ceramics, at the Venice Biennale. Graphic combinations ofblack paired with orange, purple, turquoise, crimson and pink convergedin patterns reminiscent of vinyl records and the Flintstones. These camemashed up on sporty separates and single garments, such as precisepatchworks of leather and crepe on dresses.
There were alsotechnical lace and flock prints embroidered with bugle beads. A wooljacquard coat that looked nothing like wool jacquard opened the show.Woven in a mini pattern that brought to mind television static, fromafar it appeared to be some kind of bonded print. The fabric finish wasflat, matte, almost scubalike and accentuated by architectural curves: anipped waist and sleeves that were big at the shoulder tapered towardthe wrist. Fun fact: The pattern related back to the squishy lining — acarpet pad — of the hard copy show invitation. A deliberate departurefrom the calm of the designers'past two seasons, the clothes stillfell well within their stylistic jurisdiction. The modernist hourglassshape of a short, cobalt blue crepe skirt suit and a bouclé peplum topin an aqua-and-black scribble pattern related to their black-and-whitestudy in chic from fall 2013. And the finale dress, a curvy bra-top cutout under the bust with a flared skirt, circled back to the metallicbustiers of their first collection. The word that rushed to mind at theend of the show is one that at this point is almost synonymous withProenza Schouler: “cool.”
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For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty