A look at some emerging talents in Milan. SARA BATTAGLIA She’s only 28 years old, but Sara Battaglia is definitely no newbie in the fashion industry. The younger sister of stylist Giovanna Battaglia, she worked for five years with edgy bag designer Corto Moltedo before launching her namesake label in fall 2011. “I was not brave enough to start my own line, but my sister pushed me a lot — so I designed the first pieces, which focused on fringe,” said the brunette designer, who revealed that her bag collections are inspired by the hyper-feminine women of the Fifties and Sixties. To highlight the brand’s glamorous yet ironic DNA, each season Battaglia poses for her look book images dressed as women ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Mia Wallace of “Pulp Fiction” and Queen Theodelinda, or top models like Cindy Crawford or Linda Evangelista. RELATED STORY: Exports a Boon for Italian Fashion Industry >> While fringe still decorates some of the most popular styles — such as the “Jasmine,” a small satchel with tassels, and the “Teresa,” a shoulder bag with a fringed strap — Battaglia is also developing the line, adding geometric elements, including a signature triangle metallic closure, and a wide range of evening clutches. “Lady Me” is a boxy style featuring a closure in the shape of a graphic ribbon, and “Veruschka” is a metal and leather clutch that can become completely flat. Battaglia’s bags already sell at such stores as Colette and Le Bon Marché in Paris, United Arrow in Tokyo, Kirna Zabête in New York and Joseph in London. For fall she introduced precious skins like crocodile, which appears on a classic shoulder bag showing a new metallic chain. Retail prices start at about 500 euros, or $670, for a small leather bag with a fringe-decorated strap, to 2,000 euros, or $2,680, for a crocodile style. Sara Battaglia’s new collection will be available by appointment Feb. 20 to 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at L.A. Distribuzione showroom, 6 Via Ruggero di Lauria.
"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
“Shudu is a digital supermodel, a very glamour and amazing woman. But she’s 3-D,” says Cameron-James Wilson, a fashion photographer and the creature of @shudu.gram. Here, Shudu wears @cushnieetochs for her debut fashion editorial. #wwdfashion (📷: @cjw.photo)
“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)
“On a personal level, it’s my vision to create a really different idea with their look to be at the epitome of women’s fashion in South Korea – to create a new milestone,” said stylist @chochowon on dressing K-pop’s most fashionable girl group, @blackpinkofficial. WWD’s @mistywhitesidell sat down with Won ahead of the group’s new album release, “Square Up,” which is out today. Read the full interview on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #blackpink_squareup #blackpink
For @ralphlauren, 2018 is a reason to celebrate: It marks the brand’s 50th year in business. Last year’s chauffeured show in Bedford, NY featuring his vintage car collection may have seemed like the big celebration to show-goers, but they were wrong. The official celebration will be held on September 7 during #NYFW. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)