Stella McCartney certainly knows how to put the burned-out fashion crowd in good spirits first thing in the a.m. Feed them —guests entering the magnificent Palais Garnier were greeted with coffee and tasty breakfast treats. Entertain them — the show kicked off with the amusing intro to Ludacris’ “Sexting” song — a parody of the infamous Tiger Woods voice mail he left one of his alleged mistresses. And deliver the goods — a strong collection rooted in restrained chic.
The first look out of the gate was a double-faced cashmere coat, spare and streamlined save for a discreet notched lapel. It also set the tone for a major tailoring story, where jackets and coats came utterly clean and minimal — no hardware, no embellishments, with the focus on precision of cut. Sixties-style shifts and tops made from those same sturdy wools worked a similarly controlled vibe — some with big square pockets, others in wide stripes. McCartney served up her familiar staples, as well: beefy ribbed knits (the oversize cardigan, worn solo without pants); jumpsuits (one in pretty merlot), and great sporty outerwear, including quilted parkas with wide, detachable hoods. Shapes, meanwhile, kept to a structured tack. That is, except for the occasional draped gown in liquid tangerine or fuchsia, cut high in the front and trailing beautifully in the back. The other feminine counterpoint came in the sheer organza moments. They crept in slowly — inserts at the shoulders of a sculpted jacket or trimming a one-shoulder frock — before building into a dominant veiling motif in the second half. The embroidered lace dresses, with hemlines veering dangerously north, were the most alluring examples of that overlay theme. The subtly sexy mood McCartney evoked here just felt right.
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye