Turning the West Side into a West Coast fantasy, Tommy Hilfiger transformed the cold blank canvas that is Pier 94 into a beach replete with dunes, surfboards and a wooden boardwalk-cum-runway. It was quite challenging for high-heeled guests to navigate, but the set nevertheless impressed — a perfect backdrop for the designer’s fresh new take on Americana. “We brought Malibu to New York,” Hilfiger said backstage before the show. “It’s about ‘Westcoasting,’ the inspiration of the California lifestyle from Melrose to Malibu. Surfing, skating, sporty, colorful, modern, beautiful.”
While the music mix was all about California (“California Girls,” “Californication,” etc.), the lineup was much more beach babe than bum, with Hilfiger interpreting the scuba suit in several sexy variations.
Among the best were color-blocked polo shirtdresses and tops in leather, and a skirt and a pair of pants that appeared unzipped, as if the models had just emerged from a deep-diving expedition. They, along with a voluminous cropped sweater worn with Daisy Dukes, demonstrated ample street cred. The colors were fresh — aquas and sun-kissed reds and oranges — and drove home the theme.
Although Hilfiger mostly stuck to a singular aesthetic, his looser interpretations were executed with aplomb, including cool basketball tank dresses and a sweet Hawaiian-print shirt with olive-colored shorts. “Good Vibrations,” indeed.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia