The art crowd has descended on Hong Kong this week for the latest installment of Art Basel and a host of satellite events around the city. WWD shot stylish attendees at a few key festivities so far, including Monday night’s opening of the “Structures of Recollection” exhibition at Pearl Lam Galleries and Tuesday night’s Net-a-porter and Mr Porter party hosted at The Pawn.
Guest at both events — as well as those wandering the main exhibition at the city’s trade center — sported a host of styles. Many opted for all-black or black-and-white combos, but a few flashed some traditional Chinese red (or hot pink). Funky, colorful sneakers, especially in orange, as well as chunky statement necklaces were out in full force... more
The fall season is shaping up to be a shiny one. Designers piled glittering palettes and sparkling sequins onto skirts, dresses and even pantsuits, proving that any silhouette can be ready to party.
The anticipation was palpable at this season’s couture show for Dior, due in large part to Raf Simons’ abrupt resignation as creative director. With uncertainty looming in the air, there were obvious questions surrounding who would be at the helm of the house’s atelier and what direction the aesthetic would lean toward now.
Those that bore witness to Simons’ inaugural collection for Dior during 2012’s spring couture season (or tuned in to the documentary Dior & I, which chronicled the events leading up to the afore-mentioned) can agree that all the painstaking attention he paid to every stitch and every nuance translated from his imagination and inspiration to the runway exceeded his expectations and those of onlookers... more
Every designer has an inspiration for his or her collection, but few take their subject matter as far and as deep as Jean Paul Gaultier. He loves to play on the side of kitsch and shows some of the most ostentatious and bold looks on the runway season after season: creating one of the must-see catwalks consistently and essentially making him a natural fit for Couture. His Spring 2016 influence was that of legendary Parisian hotspot, Le Palace—a party go-to in the 70’s for people like Gaultier and all of his famous friends and muses.
Punk Queen Edwige Belmore was the motivation behind the assortment of 80’s power suits, the brand’s signature menswear-inspired tailoring, loungewear that we’d all love to wear outdoors, head-turning metallics, and vi... more
Versace has solidified its place in history for praising and exalting the female form: its every arch, curvation, and bend. Donatella Versace has been at the helm of the brand for almost two decades now and has definitely made the iconic Italian fashion house synonymous with power, sensuality, and strength: yes, the kinds of pieces you would wear for a night out but for the love of your own body and not that of the male gaze. D-ring accented straps, bomber jackets, functional knits, and contrast stripes kicked off the sporty chic vibe that pervaded over its latest Couture assortment.
But let’s not fool ourselves: Versace was not straying from its signature aesthetic. Expertly-tailored power suits, deep-cut necklines, sultry slits, and flashes of flesh were on parade... more