When he was a kid growing up in England, Marcus Wainwright used towatch the Paris-Dakar Rally, the annual off-road auto race between Parisand Dakar, Senegal, in which “These crazy guys are flying through thedunes on massive trucks and race cars,” he said during a preview the daybefore his show. Pinned on an inspiration board nearby was a photo of adie-hard motocrosser in head-to-toe leather standing in the sand nextto a Bedouin. The contrast between the two men became the starting pointof the collection, in which Wainwright and design partner David Nevillesavvily synthesized those two disparate worlds into a potent cocktailfor the contemporary market.
Neville and Wainwright know how to pack a lot of look into asingle outfit, so the models took their exits in strategically styledlayers: Robust leather biker gear was countered with light, breezy silksand cottons meant to combat the desert heat. (Or was it the swelteringtemps of the show venue? Might air-conditioning be put in the budgetnext year?) The juxtaposition was anchored in the traditional Englishtailoring/military motif that is the backbone of the Rag & Boneaesthetic. A black shirtdress was layered over a ticking-stripe bra topand black leather oversize shorts, the whole ensemble topped off by anengineer-stripe jacket. Some of the striped pieces sported lace trim,adding a nice dose of femininity to the very sporty collection.Wainwright said they had gone to town on the proportions, with one ofthe strongest statements emerging in the oversize shorts, cribbed from“a British army-North Africa thing,” as he put it. There was an emphasison white in the quilted shirtdresses and skirts and gauzy tops, butmajor color — electric green leather moto jackets, and cobalt bluetailored pieces — cycled through as well. Between the cleverlycalculated, piled-on styling (replete with the pair’s burgeoning Pilothandbag series) Neville and Wainwright had all their bases covered — andwell-merchandised.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye