Fur. Suede. Double-faced wool. They’re generally suited to winter months—unless, that is, you’ve seen the most recent spring collections. Designers turned to richer, heavier fabrics and darker, deeper hues—a direction possibly influenced by Miuccia Prada. For spring 2013, she made a strong statement with floral fur coats. For this spring, other houses noticeably upped their fur quotient, and several, like Proenza Schouler and Junya Watanabe, also played with suedes.
“The clothes deliver in January, which says it all,” said Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez. “Everyone we know, including ourselves, wants to buy something and wear it that night. We are not like our parents where we buy something and hold on to it for six months, and then wear it. So, collections nowadays are a bit more seasonless. We have seen fur for spring, though no swimsuits for fall—yet.”
During a preview of his spring collection, Marc Jacobs explained the darker turn. “We all felt like, we’re not going to do all white—we don’t wear white. We wear navy, we wear gray, we wear black. So we thought we would skip all of that light, summer fare in favor of a darker Gotham.”
Stores see business reasons for the turn. “With earlier deliveries, some of the items we saw on the runways will come into stores in February, when it is still quite cold in many parts of the world,” said Saks Fifth Avenue senior fashion director Colleen Sherin.
Barneys New York senior fashion director Tomoko Ogura agreed: “The market and climate in which our stores exist is diverse, so having an eclectic offering in fabric and color is a positive thing.”
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)