With all its moodiness, mystery and steam, film noir seems made for fashion romance. The genre inspired Vera Wang’s fall collection, and it worked like a dream. A very sexy one. Wang’s artful aesthetic is quite specific and, as such, difficult to evolve. Here, she did so to perfection, heightening the seduction factor while retaining every bit of the alluring bohemian facade that makes her clothes so distinctive.
To set the mood, Wang had her girls naughtily coiffed à la Brigitte Bardot, and dressed them mostly, though not exclusively, in black. Throughout she retained her typical flamboyance — the spilling collars; the abundant sleeves, often worn askew; the controlled fluff of tulle corsage or fur dollop; the glorious jewelry, here realized in multistrand seed pearls. The news came in a reining in of the silhouette via a smart focus on tailoring of the femme fatale sort, delivered in close-to-the-body lines that contrasted with the aforementioned flourishes. One look paired a belted jacket with peplum of flyaway fur over biker shorts; another, a sleek blazer with a knitted jumpsuit, its sporty attitude tempered by snappy tuxedo stripes. Wang went for more overt glamour as well, with an intricately draped asymmetric blouse over black pants, and, for the dangerous coquette, peekaboo party frocks. It all made for a quietly sublime collection, perfect for the real-life siren with an artistic streak.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)