Sandra Choi looked to the natural world for a rich — and playful — Jimmy Choo collection done in a mix of jewel tones and nods to the natural world. “I wanted to declutter, and work with the elements I love — suede, wood, and semiprecious jewels,” said Choi during a walk-through of the collection, where shoes were perched on plinths made of cork and mirrored surfaces. New styles included sling-backs with low, squareish heels and pointy boots made from cork, while delicate ropes of jade-like beads doubled as ankle straps on green suede sandals. Colored gemstones sparkled from the heels of high suede sandals or from those of gold leather ones, while transparent beads like small soap bubbles spilled over the front of suede mules. Perspex 3-D flowers edged in black blossomed across pointy-toe shoes while carpets of gold beading looked like a precious crystal formation on the front of handbags. Stay tuned for the label’s upcoming collaboration with Off-White set to debut at the latter’s show next week in Paris.
Mary J. Blige will be featured in ads for her friend, designer Dennis Basso. Of Blige, Basso tells WWD’s Rosemary Feitelberg, “She’s a modern day woman, extremely talented, very beautiful and she represents a powerful woman.” #wwdnews
Just In: In September, @bottegaveneta will be skipping a runway show. Instead, newly-appointed creative director Daniel Lee will make his debut for the brand in Milan next February. Lee succeeded former creative director Tomas Maier, who held the position for 17 years. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
The Gucci-Dapper Dan lineup, which launched today, reimagines archival pieces of the designer — especially tracksuits and jacket styles — in Gucci’s signature fabrics and decorative elements. Gucci leitmotifs, including embroidered dragons, bold letterings and the house’s signature green and red stripes, stand out on bomber jackets, T-shirts and tanks, in addition to tracksuits, which are offered in GG-printed nylon and velour. A new yellow Gucci logo also makes its appearance, inspired by the original sign of Dan’s Harlem store, reports @sandrasalibian. (📸: @ari_marcopoulos_official ) #wwdfashion
Candice Swanepoel’s line, Tropic of C is one of many modern, chic swimwear brands that use Econyl, a fabric made from regenerated nylon that is rescued from things like fishing nets, carpets and plastic landfills and remade into textiles for apparel and carpets. Other swim brands using Econyl include All Sisters, Mara Hoffman, Araks, Adidas and Volcom, to name a few, reports @jessiredale. Read more on sustainable swimwear on WWD.com. Styled by @elmercer (📸: @chrismiggs) #wwdnews
As the veil lifts on the topic of feminine care, modernized vagina-centric products such Queen V The Spritzer Rosewater Spray and vibrators from Smile Makers and Dame Products are growing in availability report @_a_collins and @ellenbthom. Read more on WWD.com #wwdbeauty (📸: @joshuascottphoto)