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.”
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews