Roberto Cavalli poured the glamour of the big screen into a collection with some of the smallest, most intricate embellishments seen so far in Milan.
Even if “The Great Gatsby” was fashion’s cinematic touchstone for spring 2013, the designer gave the hackneyed roaring Twenties look some teeth, via metallic decorations galore, and slither via snakeskin and reptilian prints.
Once the klieg lights finally settled, Cavalli unleashed his battalion of silver belles, the first model literally gleaming in a metallic croc pantsuit — a beacon of the designer’s over-the-top leanings.
Luckily, most of the silver elements that followed were subtler: rows of small rings piercing leather pants and knit dresses, as well as tiny beads, embroideries and sequinlike “Mukesh” embellishments adding flash to dresses and separates.
The workmanship was impressive: Taut leather jackets spliced together with whip stitching or hook-and-eye type closures. Particularly striking was a lattice of safety-pin-like metal rods that bridged panels of beaded chiffon, lending swagger and an industrial edge to delicate flapper tops and dresses. Mermaid gowns as tight as Cavalli’s seating were done in patchworks of delicate lace and chiffon pieced together in narrow chevrons.
Ultimately, the silver story yielded to blush pink, mint green and light blue, occasionally in stunning degradés. Like the clothes, accessories were a mash-up of “Sunset Boulevard” and “Mad Max,” with fur stoles, mirrored aviator glasses and gladiator stilettos.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
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