With their bangs bluntly razored an inch beneath the hairline,eyebrows bleached and cheekbones lit like knives, the models in theVersace show looked like the kind of girls you find at ease in anameless afterhours club — or in an Oscar-nominated performance byRooney Mara. And that was just from the neck up. Below, the clothes wereall gothic drama and underground kink, as Donatella Versace turned onthe dark for fall. Not even her high glamour gloss of crystals andarticulated curves (both here in spades) could file down the edge.
Tosee the designer depart from the levity and exacting polish of herrecent collections, not to mention the Versace homage that’s beenhappening in fashion at large, was a good feeling. The show opened withtwo black velvet dresses — one covered up, one bare — both embroideredwith leather Byzantine crosses, a recurring motif. Versace played it big— blaring and bejeweled smack in the middle of a corset — and small,crafting a breastplate out of laser cut black on a fitted and flaredmoto jacket that was sleekly executed. But things got silly where thecrosses were used as colorful prints, which segued to letters thatspelled V-E-R-S-A-C-E all over dresses. Such gothic glitz relates to thehouse vernacular for sure, but shown so blatantly it bore the look of asecondary collection, not because it looked cheap, but too flagrant.Giant letter-block prints don’t play well on designer turf.
Moredaring, more sex-charged and more modern was the use of chainmail, whichsignaled a whiff of savage crusader that also turned up on dressestraced with coarse, laced seams around the bodice. It was relativelymodest as a T-shape along the shoulders of loose shift dresses, andchicly illicit on side panels of clingy dresses, including a finale ofsilver columns veiled in open, metal mesh.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)