New York shows and presentations are off and running, offering varying takes on sophistication — from elegant jewel-toned pieces to an uptown-tribal mélange.
Vera Wang Lavender Label: Vera Wang channeled tony schoolgirls — of the sexy, glamorous variety — in her first Lavender Label runway show, though the collection was launched two-and-a-half years ago. A silver lamé blouse got dressed down by a soft, striped boyfriend cardigan; tweed pencil skirts hitting just below the knee peeked out beneath colorful coats, from a voluminous blue number with fur-trimmed sleeves to a calf-dusting bright green topper. And Wang, who said —she drew inspiration from the Chinese film "In the Mood for Love," once again proved herself adept at mixing jewel tones, working bold mustard- and russet-colored tops with metallic embroideries — and finishing it all off with purple tights. Wang is making a big push with this line, which is now sold at such stores as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Harvey Nichols. Further evidence of the growth: She's opening her first Lavender Label freestanding boutique on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue this fall. Rachel Roy: Pocahontas-meets-Ladies Who Lunch is the premise at Rachel Roy this fall. The designer deftly wove the two worlds together in a collection that got its jump-start with her pre-fall Georgia O'Keefe-Southwest outing. This time, however, "it's the spirit and vibrance of the first true Americans and the refinement of the Europeans joining together," she said. Thus, her favorite smart silhouettes — belted dress, bow-front blouse and lean skirt — got a shot of Native Americana in details like plumage or Pueblo-inspired patterns. Even the classic bouclé tweed suit had a hint of Cherokee worked in nubby reds and blacks. Roy's Western touches found their most dramatic form in glittery crystal-and-feather neckwear and brooches, which, now that she's received a cash influx from investors TSM Capital, will end up seeing the retail light of day.
Elie Tahari: Again opting for a swing-by presentation instead of a full-on show, Elie Tahari played with masculine and feminine contrasts for fall. He mixed wide-legged trousers and nipped-in, cropped leather jackets with elegant blouses, such as a standout ivory silk chiffon number with a ruffled collar. Throughout, Tahari went with a working-girl-on-an-evening-out theme, embroidering a sleek black skirt with beaded appliqués and emphasizing slim waists all around. In fact, practicality was very much on Tahari's mind, even when it came to his lineup of furs — mostly mink, rabbit and fox — which were worked as vests and coats and cinched with skinny belts. These were balanced with wool pencil skirts and floral blouses, great for a day that goes well into the night.More From The Shows...
Converse by John Varvatos: John Varvatos' boy-meets-girl vibe took a glitzy-grunge turn this season, with urbane separates like sequined stovepipes and vintage-inspired jackets. — Degrees of Freedom: Travelwear never looked so luxurious as it does in the hands of Noelle Reno and Matthew Mellon, whose Tudor-inspired debut cashmere collection offered everything from rabbit fur-trimmed capes to chic palazzo pants.
Angel Chang: The 14 looks Angel Chang showed were more sophisticated than those of seasons past, but other than a futuristic map print that graced a boxy dress and top, the overall mish-mash of knits, herringbone and satin missed its mark.
photos by PASHA ANTONOV, JOHN AQUINO, TALAYA CENTENO, KYLE ERICKSEN AND GERARDO SOMOZA
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye