One of the many high points of fashion — and even this deep into theseason, there are gleeful moments — is finding something fresh in thefamiliar. Gender play, girls-will-be-boys, call it what you will, theincorporation of mannish motifs into women’s clothes is an oft-used,classic conceit. In the collection she showed on Monday, StellaMcCartney manipulated one of its obvious elements — pinstripes — intosomething new and utterly engaging. Part of the appeal was that shepretty much extracted the androgyny; her chalky stripes may be theancestral cloth of the lords of banking, but she delivered them with nosmall measure of distaff allure.
McCartney opened with tailoringmanipulated via creative draping; for example, she twisted and cut anultrachic jacket on a slant, which resulted in an uneven hem. This wentover a long, front-draped skirt in a narrower pinstripe. She then ranwith the pattern in various widths, going softer in dresses, bothaustere and long-sleeved and unexpectedly strapless, and dressed down ina big parka and terrific loose, twisty-turny sweaters.
Ever thefashion pragmatist, McCartney seldom loses sight of the importance offunction and comfort, a fact she loves to flag on her runway. Here, hercontributions to the season’s major coat moment were bold of proportionand in one case, color — a violet bouclé topper. The comfort factorcontinued in a luxed-up jogging suit and boxy tartans-meets-denim jacketover a flippy skirt that had a not-too-naughty-school-girl appeal. Andshe turned the always-inviting sweater dress sexy by splicing it withprovocatively revealing lace.
Evening offered nods to thesmoking as well as wonderfully languid options. These included longdresses made from linear but loose lengths of silk given shape (and heldin place) by wide, covered elastic bands, one at the top and the other,midthigh, creating a slight blouson effect. In other words, they werestrapless dresses that didn’t look like every other strapless dress,which is to say, constructed, stiff and boring. And they were beautiful.Brava.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion