From photographer Lee Miller to Alpine maidens, downtown girls to a perfect circle, and even "fabulosity" — anything and everything got designers' creative juices flowing for fall.
Lacoste: Lacoste's spirited collection, shown on sheepskin carpeting in a virtual snowstorm, looked just right for the Alpine schoolgirls who inspired designer Christophe Lemaire. But that's not to say their urban sisters wouldn't also be delighted with the cuddly sweatshirt jumpsuits or layers of thick ski shrugs over long sweaters. Lemaire teamed peacoats, waterproof ponchos or preppy gray flannel blazers with everything from shorts and mini kilts to riding pants and pleated mid-calf skirts. As for the gals who want to lose the layers, they can strut about in his snappy short and skinny shirtdresses. Baby Phat/KLS by Kimora Lee Simmons: Kimora Lee Simmons' trademark fabulosity was on full display for her fans, including her beau Djimon Honsou, as well as Joss Stone and Tyra Banks. That, however, was the only real theme as she channeled everything from bankers to flappers, and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to hip-hop hotties — just to name a few. Lack of focus aside, there were some real gems in Baby Phat's cheetah-print denim and KLS's pleated silk minidresses.
Alexander Wang: Alexander Wang's got the hype, the retail presence and even his own celebrity stylist, model Erin Wasson. But the young designer has to show he's more than just a flash in the pan. Enter a high-energy fall collection that was certainly a step in the right direction. Wang has a consistent vision and a strong sense of his customer, who's a little bit gritty and molto street chic. She can pull off his trompe l'oeil silk cargo pants — made to look like trousers worn low over boxers à la K-Fed — and wear his roomy blazers, ripped denim and off-kilter tanks with a just-got-out-of-bed confidence. And she'll toss the pretty "It" tote aside for his leather clutch, inspired by a men's toiletry bag. But Wang has to fine-tune that message, because his dressed-down vibe hewed too closely to those of others, like Marc Jacobs' neo-grunge affair of '06.
Julia Jentzsch: Lee Miller — model, Man Ray's muse and World War II photojournalist — inspired the masculine-feminine motif of Julia Jentzsch's sensually rendered collection. Jentzsch's military references were anchored in a drapey silk tunic and felted wool skirts as well as coats with crisp, but never severe, cuts. Her dresses don't necessarily have — or need — sizzle. Rather, they are subtle and elegant. Best this season were slender salt-painted satin slipdresses in blue with black tulle. However, several evening dresses were repeats from spring reworked in other fabrics, unfortunate in a showing of only 21 pieces.Elise Øverland: According to Elise Øverland, her designs are about "the way I live my life," which is apparently at a party that calls for sexy, short silk dresses and edgy leather gear. A feminine palette of pinks and purples and a little Seventies spirit softened up her signature rock 'n' roll looks. And while the purple suede bell-bottoms and jacket with all-over embroidery channeled her days designing stage costumes for Stephen Tyler a little too much, the same decorative treatment worked well on a short dress and a coat.
Threeasfour: On the heels of their CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund mentorship, Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil delivered a focused, commercially viable collection. The trio remained loyal to their signature circle motif, working it into winding seams and curving cuts that were structured on outerwear, such as a chunky gray peacoat, and soft on filmy dresses cascading with ruffles. A familiar shimmery, metallic palette prevailed. Some overzealous cutouts and awkward puckered seams served as a reminder of the group's all-too-avant beginnings and their ongoing struggle to grow up without selling out.
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