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.
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