Loro Piana RTW Fall 2020

Loro Piana looked toward the Big Apple for fall, taking inspiration from both New York’s urban landscape and the warm tones of Central Park in the autumn. Skyscrapers inspired a structured coat made of melton cashmere in pale green, held together by a chunky light brown belt, as well as a brown baby cashmere trench with raglan sleeves. A long, ribbed, baby cashmere dress with side slits had a slightly padded turtleneck, so that the collar stays rigid, and was worn over a chic pair of cashmere trousers in matching beige.
The cashmere specialist added two technical innovations this season: the studio managed to work vicuna into jersey, which is no mean feat as the wool is so fine, and introduced its interpretation of eco-fur in the form of “cash-fur” fleece jackets, which took more than a year to develop. The material was applied to cute teddy bear-like jackets in light brown and cream, which were fully reversible. Cashmere-lined rain boots and a Forget Me Not line of accessories destined to hold all the things that have a tendency to get lost — leather phone and water bottle holders, lipstick cases and even earphone pouches — completed the range.

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Gucci RTW Fall 2020

Is fashion a religion? Alessandro Michele thinks it’s pretty close, with the runway show its most revered ritual. Michele dedicated his fall Gucci collection to the multitiered ritual of designing, making, staging and viewing a fashion show. He spoke of the show ritual in intimate terms, and seemed to channel old-school insider passions.
“Fashion is a complex mechanism, it’s theatrical. All of us work for this ritual, that is almost religious,” Michele said during his post-show press conference, a session filled once again with deep fashion thoughts delivered in a stream-of-consciousness monologue, save for a question or two interjected by a couple of intrepid journalists. Before he was finished, Michele would liken fashion to a circus as well as religion, and his creative role to that of a doctor and physicist. He would explain snippets of his soundtrack — the Fellini voiceover (he’s “talking about the sacredness of cinema and how much ritual there is) and Ravel’s Bolero (“a march that seems to keep going indefinitely”).
Fashion believers, Michele claimed, want to break free but can’t. “It traps you. We are all trapped. Everybody — the hairstylists, the makeup artists, everybody working together so hectically — we all say that one day

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Hindsight 2020 – EP – Casee Allen

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A.L.C. RTW Fall 2020

Andrea Lieberman is direct in her design approach and evolution for A.L.C. “I never think it’s a radical departure for us,” she noted. “It’s very focused on our girl, her story, her life, her needs. For me, I definitely feel like it’s a lot about keeping things modern.”
To that end, she focused on classic items meant to round out a covetable wardrobe: Think tailoring, knitwear and jeans cut with a preppy Seventies spirit. She brought in interesting textures with chintz pleated fabrics and drapey, side-ruched corduroy tops tucked into the perfect high-waisted straight-leg jeans. A warm palette of auburn, sumac and earth tones made a roomy coat, furry jacket, sweaters and clingy knits more inviting. A tight pink polo cut with a low neckline maintained the perfect balance of nostalgia, proportion play and attitude. “These are things she puts in her closet,” Lieberman concluded. They fill “a real need in a woman’s wardrobe in a modern, sexy and effortless way.”

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Lewis Capaldi triumphs at 2020 BRIT Awards

Lewis Capaldi picked up the Best New Artist trophy and the honour for Song of the Year for his hit Someone You Loved.
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Burberry RTW Fall 2020

Burberry is burnishing its green credentials, staging its first carbon-neutral show under the soaring Victorian arches of Olympia London and planning to reforest areas of Australia destroyed by the bush fires, among other environmental moves.
The fall show set — a mix of the elegant and the raw — reflected this new mood: The space was chilly and the floors bare. The latter still had markings on them from the latest trade show.
By contrast, the rectangular catwalk had a deco feel with little mirrored panels lining the sides, while pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque played live on stage as models strutted.
Burberry creative director Riccardo Tisci admitted he’s getting to grips with green fashion, and it remains a work in progress. “It isn’t 100 percent developed yet. We do a lot of nylon, but to get the right nylon is difficult. Nobody has good quality yet,” he said, adding that he still loves real fur.
“I did fur for all of my career because I used to do couture, but I don’t miss it. Now there are so many alternatives that look real, but it is still very expensive because of the technology,” the designer said.
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David Koma RTW Fall 2020

David Koma staged his fall 2020 show at the Leadenhall building, the same East London skyscraper he picked last season.
This time around he went 42 floors up, though, perhaps a sign of his intention to up the ante, take more risks and “close one chapter and start a new one.”
He did that by paying homage to London, “the city that made his dreams come true,” and by melding new and old ideas in a collection packed with attitude and confidence.
The embellished, body-hugging dresses were familiar, but there was also a wider offer of well-tailored blazers and mannish coats, embellished knits, denim jumpsuits and a heftier dose of accessories that fit right in with his signature evening dresses.
References to London were apparent throughout, from the prints featuring the city’s skyline to the 3-D crystal-embellished minidresses that were shaped like landmark buildings and could double as armor.
What stood out was how Koma was unafraid to play with bad taste, be it the extra-large crystal brooches on a cropped jacket, the corsets layered over T-shirts or the letters hanging off a high slit spelling out London.
It was all exaggerated and in-your-face, capturing the city’s wonderfully eccentric nature.
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Queen Latifah Honors Kobe Bryant During Her 2020 NBA All-Star Performance

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Matty Bovan RTW Fall 2020

It was bonkers in the best, most joyful way possible: Think tinsel curtains turned into headpieces, larger-than-life wigs, rolls of fabrics attached to the garments and any material combination one could imagine possible, from bejeweled denim and brocade to stiff pin-striped wool patched together with casual jersey and tulle.
Matty Bovan wanted to create an “out-of-body” and “out-of-proportion” experience that challenges people and pushes their perception of taste. That’s why he focused on exaggerated silhouettes that created distorted, angular shapes around models’ hips and backs and mixed all sorts of materials together to create a crafty, undone look.
The bright colors and rich textures only helped make Bovan’s visual feast more exciting: He custom-made a metallic brocade fabric that was morphed into draped jackets and big-volume dresses and showcased his impressive knitting skills with a range of intarsia-knit pieces featuring graphic patterns and the word “Exit” all over — a not-so-subtle reference to Britain’s exit from the European Union last month.
“Everyone’s discussing this kind of seismic shift, and what it actually means. You can’t help but think about it — this is just a more joyful interpretation of leaving and going out into the world. It’s not naive, but a celebration of

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The Kindness of Strangers (2020) – Lone Scherfig

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In NYC, six strangers’ lives intersect while struggling to find help, hope and love. They soon discover that liberation lies in each other’s hands.

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Ryan Lo RTW Fall 2020

The now Hong Kong-based designer Ryan Lo wanted his fall 2020 collection “Dolly Bird!” to be “a bit sexy and a bit naughtier” than the previous Jane Austin-inspired collection. Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City,” Hugh Hefner’s Playboy bunnies, and sexy magician assistants were some of the key references. The results were some sweet, playful yet high-class sexy dresses and outerwear — a surprise best-selling category for the brand — in black and white and full-on color. Milliner Stephen Jones made some playful rabbit-fur bunny ears.
WWD Critique: Lo’s lineup is red-carpet-ready. He managed to get it done by last December before the coronavirus and will be staying in London until the outbreak is contained in Asia.

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Miley Cyrus Models in Marc Jacobs Fall 2020 Runway Show

Miley Cyrus has made her New York Fashion Week fall 2020 debut.
The singer joined a host of other models for Marc Jacobs’ fall collection, which closed out New York Fashion Week. Cyrus modeled a black bra-like top with matching trousers and was holding a zebra-print coat.

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This isn’t Cyrus and Jacobs’ first time working together. The singer teamed with Jacobs in 2013 for a charitable T-shirt which showed the slogan “Protect the Skin You’re In” inscribed on top of a nude Cyrus.  She later starred in the designer’s spring 2014 campaign photographed by David Sims. Last year, the duo teamed again to support Planned Parenthood, designing a pink hoodie that read “Don’t F—k With My Freedom.”
Cyrus also wore a look from Jacobs’ fall 2013 collection to the Met Gala that year, which celebrated its “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibit.

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Marc Jacobs RTW Fall 2020

Marc Jacobs and I go way back. We started in the industry at about the same time, and in WWD’s then-idiosyncratic breakdown of which market editors covered which designers, I “got” Marc. Certainly, I have admired his work throughout his career and the ups and downs of his company and brand. Some may say too much.
But after Wednesday night’s New York Fashion Week finale, that was all beside the point, for will someone please tell me who in New York is a better designer, more creative, more provocative, more capable of delivering a thrill? And how many lists of “greatest designers in the world,” both current and over the past 30 years, would he not make? Jeez, the guy’s good.
Jacobs is an extraordinary designer, his talent part pure fashion acumen and part showmanship. Over the years, he has staged some incredibly engaging shows, the kind now called “experiential.” This one might take the cake: a band of 54 dancers under the brilliant direction of choreographer Karole Armitage comingling with 88 models in an extravaganza so exquisitely audacious and compelling and masterful that it’s a shame it was one night only. This was a museum-worthy performance-art piece — one that would sell

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Reem Acra RTW Fall 2020

At Reem Acra, fall came with a relaxed, free-spirited bohemian vibe. Aiming to present a versatile collection, approachable for different women, Acra kept the silhouettes uncomplicated and never too body-hugging. Billowing sleeves and flared shapes defined a range of textured silk evening dresses embellished with jewel-like details at the neckline and the cuffs, while caftan-inspired styles were crafted from lush velvet for a cozy effect. Playing with separates, she paired striped ball skirts with coordinated mini vests, as well as soft knits with plissé bottoms in iridescent colors.
WWD Critique: Taking a step back from hyper-embroidered and embellished designs, Acra embraced a new sense of modern elegance that combined simplicity and preciousness.

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Dion Lee RTW Fall 2020

Dion Lee started another strong collection with the introduction of jewelry. As a designer who likes to play with elements of seduction and skin-baring elements, he didn’t just show earrings and necklaces, he wove his unique chain-link constructions through men’s and women’s clothing, making them an intrinsic part of the garment. They gathered fabric, held together the pleats of dresses and created interesting smocking techniques on a hoodie and leather skirt. Viewed up close, you could appreciate the intricacy of how they were engineered through knitwear, running the length of one arm to the other.
That led to the notion of suspension, where chains became waistbands for low-rise pants, and woven underwear (leather and fishnet) peeped through cutouts at the hip and above waistlines. “It’s really focusing on the hip region and the shoulder region in the collection [and] weaving underwear to the outside of clothes or exposing them in different ways,” Lee noted. It was applied to men’s on similar cutout pants contrasted with sexy clingy tanks.
Lee’s sweet spot is his subversive handling of tailoring — including hook and eye details on blazers that came undone to alluring effect — yet quieter monochromatic looks in soft drapes of blush and

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Natalie Portman Pays Tribute to Female Directors Overlooked by the 2020 Oscars

Natalie Portman is using her 2020 Oscars red-carpet moment to make a statement.
The Oscar-winning actress arrived at the 92nd Academy Awards dressed in a custom black and gold embroidered Dior dress paired with a matching cape. On closer look, Portman’s cape was inscribed with the names of the female directors who were not recognized with Oscar nominations for best director this year.
“I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way,” Portman tells Los Angeles Times journalist Amy Kaufman in a video posted on Twitter.

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— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) February 10, 2020

Portman’s cape included the names of “Hustlers” director Lorene Scafaria, “The Farewell” director Lulu Wang, “Little Women” director Greta Gerwig and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood director” Marielle Heller, among others.
The actress is no stranger to making a bold statement during awards season. Portman had a viral moment at the 2018 Golden Globes where she called out the “all male nominees” when she presented the award for best director.
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Nicole Miller RTW Fall 2020

Nicole Miller’s “rock-‘n’-royalty”-themed fall show started as a spoof of sorts on the royals’ recent media frenzy, then evolved into an offering of rock-star-inspired attire.
Aside from crows printed on shirting or tacked on to jackets, the line leaned more rock than royal. Newness came through a more androgynous spirit, inspired by David Bowie, with male models clad in her more non-binary offerings: shearling and faux-fur coats, leopard- and floral- printed slacks and button-up silky shirting. Throughout the rest of her women’s wear, Miller continued to balance her signature tough-femininity. Leather, velvet and silk offerings with paisley prints or English military-buttons made up a majority of the collection, with rose-adorned frocks sprinkled in between.
WWD Critique: While the collection held plenty of Miller classics, the lineup felt fresh, thanks to its Seventies spirit and more androgynous styling.

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Claudia Li RTW Fall 2020

As she has done in the past, Claudia Li used personal memories, this time revolving around her grandfather, to ground her collection. He passed away this year and she wanted to celebrate his life by dedicating her collection to him. It was a heartfelt sentiment that she wove throughout her work, for example, with lots of plaid, as in a mix of plaid printed PVC coats and suiting. “He was always in plaid,” she said with a smile. She wanted bright colors, for instance on a bright pink shearling coat because “he was always so happy,” she added. He often took her to see goldfish when she visited him, so she made a sunny yellow print with goldfish swimming about, which she used on the panels of a slip dress. Much of the collection also explored the tension between hard and soft elements, like when Li paired denim with tulle.
WWD Critique: Several seasons in, Li is hitting her stride with a joyfully crafted collection of fun and colorful clothes with a bits of technical edge.

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Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb to Be Honored at 2020 Outstanding Mother Awards

Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, co-anchors of NBC News’ “Today,”  have been named 2020 Outstanding Mother Award honorees.
They will be honored  at the 42nd Annual Outstanding Mother Awards, which will take place at noon at the Pierre Hotel on May 7. Additional honorees will be named at a later date. This year’s awards luncheon will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs and Advocacy. Joanna Coles will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
Guthrie, co-anchor of “Today” and NBC News’ chief legal correspondent, is also a New York Times bestselling author of two children’s books, “Princesses Wear Pants,” and “Princesses Save the World.” She and her husband, Mike Feldman, are the parents of two children, Vale and Charley.
Kotb is the co-anchor of “Today” and also serves as the co-host of “Today With Hoda & Jenna.” Kotb is also a New York Times bestselling author of six books, including, “I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By,”  and she and her fiancé, Joel Schiffman, are the parents of two adopted daughters, Haley Joy and Hope Catherine.
“Hoda and Savannah capture the hearts and minds of viewers around the world every morning,” said Laurie Dowley, chairman of the National Mother’s Day Committee. She said she

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Danz RTW Fall 2020

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. 
Danica Zheng, formerly the designer of Pamplemousse (a flirty, cute contemporary label), debuted her new edgier line Danz with a pop-up shop for fall that will run through Fashion Week.
Aiming to attract a cool downtown crowd, she proposed a mix of sleek tailoring and streetwear styles in silhouettes that align more with her personal style: Think sexy slipdresses with chain rope straps and drapes, sharply cut cropped blazers, vegan leather shirting and neon sport luxe items that easily sit next to the likes of Alexander Wang and MISBHV. She injected bits of her culture through modern and fresh takes on the cheongsam cut with premium satin and even offered up handbags and a jewelry collaboration with Sterling King to round out a clear vision of youthful party chic. 
WWD Critique: This debut was an impressive one, and Zheng accomplished her mission to make well-executed and desirable clothing that were both effortlessly cool and sexy. 
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A Condensed Guide To The 2020 Oscars Best Picture Nominees And Why You Should Care

The 2020 Oscars Best Picture nominees span style and genre. Here’s a look at why the Academy nominated “1917,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” and “Parasite.”
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Ralph Lauren Plans a ‘Special Show’ in April for Fall 2020 Collection

Save April.
As New York Fashion Week gets underway, the calendar is without several major designers, including Ralph Lauren. He has been mum about when he plans to show his collection and finally revealed Thursday that he would host a “special show” for fall 2020 collection in New York in April.
While his spokesman declined to provide an exact date and location, he said the show is expected to take place in “late April.”
Lauren has been on the “see-now-buy-now schedule” since September 2016, and the fact that he’s showing the fall 2020 collection indicates that he is getting out of that rhythm and routine. Among New York designers who still do “see-now-buy-now” are Tommy Hilfiger (who is showing this season in London) and Rebecca Minkoff.
“Developing unique experiential shows continues to be a primary focus for the brand to engage consumers, maintain a series of freshness and add an element of surprise,” said the Ralph Lauren spokesman. “From the spectacular 50th anniversary show in Central Park to the launch of Ralph’s Café in the Madison Avenue flagship last year, followed by Ralph’s Club for ‘one-night only’ in September, the brand continues to create special and unforgettable experiences that bring the world of Ralph

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AG RTW Fall 2020

For the fall season, AG’s latest collection channeled Americana through vintage-inspired garb. 
“I like to use that word [vintage] loosely, because we take pieces and modernize it to what AG is,” explained John Rossell, the brand’s creative direction and digital marketing director. Throughout the collection, which featured men’s and women’s wear, sophisticated takes on more classic, rigid jeans felt of-the-now, and were layered with raglan Ts and workwear-inspired jackets. Standouts incorporated utilitarian details, like a brownish-red cropped trouser with cargo pockets, contrast stitching and tapered-out legs, or an elongated, belted denim jacket and beige leather-coated separates. To drive the Americana feel, a palette of “spiced rum” ran throughout the women’s ready-to-wear, while men’s offered moments of winter white within a more subdued, earthy palette.
WWD Critique: Overall, the brand presented a modernized vintage wardrobe through progressive cuts and interesting workwear details.
 
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Lafayette 148 RTW Fall 2020

Following a recent re-branding, creative director Emily Smith reinvigorated Lafayette 148’s brand pillars with elements of surprise inspired by architecture and play on masculine/feminine. Rich leather offerings were standouts, including a matching brown button-down and trouser, and offered elegant ease when layered with cashmere knits, reversible coats and cool mineral-toned fur stoles. Unique logo details adorned an eight-knot cable knit sweater, as well as the new collection of footwear.
WWD Critique: Fall marked Lafayette 148’s strongest collection to date, offering up luxury appeal to a broader, younger audience.
 
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Escada RTW Fall 2020

For her first collection as global design director, Emma Cook sought to elevate fundamental Escada house codes — namely tailoring, where boardroom suits have become synonymous with the brand; cocktail dressing, and high ticket shearling, as an alternative to fur. Though Escada hasn’t been associated with modernity as of late, the fall range showed the promising beginning of Cook’s vision balancing sophistication with whimsy, which should appeal to both new and loyal customers alike.
“Just because the brand had its heyday in the Eighties doesn’t mean it should look like the Eighties,” Cook said of her game plan coming onboard, adding: “It was less about the archives and more about the values of the brand and what would that brand stand for today if Margaretha [Ley, the firm’s founding designer] was doing it today.”
With tailoring having its moment on the runway, it was wise of Cook to offer variety here without alienating the more conservative inclinations of returning customers. A head-to-toe logo jacquard suit was a playful standout, with other strong contenders featuring illusory double layers and gold cast buttons.
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Nina Ricci Pre-Fall 2020

For their pre-fall collection for Nina Ricci, creative directors Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh focused on the tailoring heritage of the storied French couture house.
The effects were subtle: a slight sack back on a pink wool jacket with a knit collar; kimono sleeves on an oversize coat, or folded seams that produced a gentle hourglass shape on a single-button suit jacket. Trenchcoats, meanwhile, came with looped belts or drawstring ruching that could be tightened or released at will.
“It was more an idea of creating these couture shapes with just simple gestures, simple elements that you can as a woman decide to not do, or do,” Herrebrugh said. “It needs to be a piece that can work for any occasion or any time of the day.”
Underlining the focus on pattern, the duo played with flat and three-dimensional shapes for their knitwear, which included a bubblegum pink viscose sweater with a shawl collar. Standouts in the androgynous lineup included a flawlessly cut peacoat with slightly curved side seams.
“The body is never too straight. It hugs around the body and makes you feel comfortable in the garments as well,” Herrebrugh said. It’s the kind of detail that, if you get it wrong, can

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What to Expect at Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show

The countdown is on for Super Bowl LIV — and so is the buzz for the halftime show.
The NFL revealed in September that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would headline the halftime show at the Super Bowl on Sunday, where the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will go head to head in Miami.
While the musicians have been scant on details for their halftime performance, they’ve both given viewers a sneak peek on their social media accounts and built up hype through their own Super Bowl-themed merchandise.
From what to expect during the performance to how to watch, here is everything you need to know about the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show.
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When and where is the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show?
Super Bowl LIV will take place on Sunday at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Fox. The halftime show will begin following the first two quarters of the game, likely around 8 p.m.
Who is performing at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show?
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Martin Grant Pre-Fall 2020

Having tinkered in recent years with the timing of his collections and the introduction of men’s wear, Martin Grant is switching gears again, showing only archival looks for his pre-fall collection.
“I’ve gone complete slow fashion. As it’s getting faster and faster, I’ve decided to do the complete opposite,” he explained.
A coat from 1996 is the oldest design culled from Grant’s archives, but most of the patterns he revived are from the last dozen years, such as a red coat with a sculptural shawl collar from 2008. Some of the models will only be available in limited editions of 10 to 30.
The collection also includes dresses, blouses and skirts, as well as new versions of the beige trench famously worn by Meghan Markle. Grant said he plans to offer a selection of vintage looks as part of his collections going forward, an approach that chimes with his pragmatic approach to wardrobe-building.
“It hopefully proves the point that something that is timeless, why not keep going with it, why not bring it back? It still looks fresh,” he said.

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5 Must-See Super Bowl 2020 Commercials to Watch Ahead of the Game

The Super Bowl LIV commercials have already left a mark on the cultural lexicon ahead of Sunday’s game.
A number of companies ranging from beauty to beverages and social media platforms to streaming services have released their Super Bowl commercials prior to Sunday’s match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, building up buzz for the game and the highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
Many high-profile celebrities and notable figures are adding their star power to these commercials, including the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Busy Philipps, Sam Elliott, Lil Nas X and astronaut Nicole Stott, among others.
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1. Olay’s #MakeSpaceForWomen Campaign 

Skin-care brand Olay tapped the likes of Katie Couric, Taraji P. Henson, Busy Philipps, comedian Lilly Singh and astronaut Nicole Stott for its #MakeSpaceForWomen commercial, where the women convey a powerful message that there is room in space — and the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — for women.
The commercial also reveals that the brand will donate $ 1 for every tweet shared with the hashtag.
2. Secret’s ‘The Secret Kicker’ 

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Courrèges RTW Fall 2020

Things are being reshuffled at Courrèges following the departure of creative director Yolanda Zobel at the beginning of the month, but some stayed pretty rooted: vinyl featured heavily for fall 2020, the designer’s last collection for the house, as did sustainability, an angle that Zobel strove to push at Courrèges.
In a collection inspired by images of French women from the Seventies, the label introduced a fresh version of its vinyl jacket, with a ballerina-like criss-cross front in a soft lilac hue. It was created in renewable polyurethane made from natural ingredients, coating an organic cotton base. Paired with dressy high-waisted trousers, the effect was sweetly ladylike. Graphic tights and body-con jerseys added a bit of fun to the dressed-up looks, while a yellow sponge sweater and sweatpant combination hinted at the house’s sports connection.
The outerwear was this collection’s strong point: a pale green cotton bomber jacket as well as a long belted dark brown trenchcoat were updated versions of house classics. It was a palatable, very much wearable collection, but it lacked the roughed-up touch that has become synonymous with Zobel’s tenure at Courrèges. It read as a direct translation of the house’s heritage, with a couple of staple pieces

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Xuan Couture Spring 2020

Taking a picture is the easy way of capturing a collection, said Xuan-Thu Nguyen. So she commissioned six different artists to interpret looks from her collection, producing paintings, which served as a runway backdrop for many of her tropes, such as marabou jackets, ruffled gowns and puffball dress made of clusters of chiffon flowers. Models also sported face pieces created by French makeup artist and wigmaker Muriel Nisse.
WWD Critique: The designer stuck to last season’s guns and offered up what she felt like doing, but the collection didn’t push any envelopes.

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Isabel Marant Étoile RTW Fall 2020

Everyone’s hankering after comfort these days — but the stylish kind — and Isabel Marant is right in there, with ponchos and alpaca sweaters, waving her fashion wand over gaucho classics, and pairing them with scrunched Eighties-style boots with sharp heels and toes. A sleek, leather puffer vest looked chic with wide, signature Marant shoulders and cinched at the waist; so, too, did the numerous options of high-waisted jeans that pouched in just the right places. She added length to a boiled wool workwear shirt in plaid, turning it into a new kind of overcoat.
WWD Critique: Marant has a knack for working style with a weather-worn flavor — here again, she mastered volumes with striking results.

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Francesco Scognamiglio Couture Spring 2020

A punk attitude met a romantic look in this collection, which the designer created with both celebrities and wealthy young socialites in mind. Beautiful embroideries and encrusted safety pins peppered the dresses, which spanned from languid long designs with draped constructions to mini frocks punctuated by crystals.
WWD Critique: A favorite of global stars, including Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora, Scognamiglio demonstrated once again to know what women want from him: elegant clothes with a sexy, bit rebellious twist.

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Ambush RTW Fall 2020

Fresh off its recent acquisition by New Guards Group, Ambush has big plans. Yoon Ahn, creative director of the brand she cofounded with her husband, Japanese hip-hop artist Verbal, said the first order of business was to streamline its 150 points of sale.
Next, she plans to add new categories to the label, which started out with jewelry but now makes 65 percent of its revenues from ready-to-wear. “Jewelry is always going to be a big part and the DNA of the brand,” she said. “I think we can definitely expand into shoes and bags so it becomes a full outfit.”
For her fall collection, inspired by the Japanese countryside, Ahn focused on layered silhouettes, with a beefed-up selection of knitwear and the introduction of the label’s first denim line. Layers of flimsy tops, kimono-collared jackets, raw-edged tailoring and padded coats gave the looks a lived-in feel.
Ahn said she was inspired by Jackie Nickerson’s “Farm,” a book of portraits of agricultural laborers in various African countries. Her jewelry also had a more grounded feel this season, with the introduction of natural stones alongside her signature padlock and chain designs.

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Yuima Nakazato Couture Spring 2020

You could imagine yourself on another planet at Yuima Nakazato, where red sunlight streaming in through the windows and Art Deco columns of the Théâtre National de Chaillot were the backdrop for his exploration of new textile technologies.
Using mainly fibers made of artificial proteins developed by biomaterials producers Spiber, the Japanese designer sent out futuristic looks that took cues from the intergalactic worlds imagined by Osamu Tezuka, a prolific manga artist best known abroad for Fifties comic Astro Boy.
Much of his work is devoted to making clothes transformable by the wearer, through the use of proprietary snap closures, but his arsenal of techniques and vision of garment creation are so interconnected that it is impossible to speak of one without the other. To wit, Nakazato used bio-smocking, a technique that allows him to digitally control the shrinkage rate of a fiber, to fit rectangular pieces of fabric “like a kimono shape but also Western tailoring, without needle and thread, or waste” to the body, he said backstage.
Through the technologies at play here, Nakazato outlines a different but no less enticing future than the one offered by Iris van Herpen.

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Moore From L.A.: Grammys 2020 — Dressing a Different Diva

Staples Center may be the house that Kobe Bryant built, but the Grammys went on as planned there Sunday night as Los Angeles mourned its hometown hero.
“Tonight is for Kobe,” Lizzo said, opening the show with the soul-lifting version of “Cuz I Love You,” which everybody needed at the moment, complete with LED ballerinas.
But the heavy mood didn’t completely crush the Grammys’ trademark OTT red-carpet exhibitionism, with Ariana Grande sitting down in a puddle of dove-gray Giambattista Valli princess tulle, Lil Nas X strutting in pink Versace chaps and Tyler, the Creator coming dressed as a bellhop…just because. Even the smallest gestures were big, thanks to some mega manicures — Billie Eilish’s Gucci-greens, Rosalía’s crystal talons and Lizzo’s nail charms among them.

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But this was a different Grammys exhibitionism than even five years ago. And viva la difference! Long gone were the nearly naked, sheer and side-boob looks of yore. This Grammys was about music’s new divas, from Billie Eilish to Billy Porter, today’s vanguards of individual style challenging what a rock star looks like at a time when diversity is still not a reality, even within the Grammys organization itself (which may or may not have been the

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Billie Eilish won five Grammys, including record of the year and best new artist, at a ceremony in which Kobe Bryant, who died on Sunday, was mourned.
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Best and worst of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game: Laila Anderson, Green Day, women’s 3-on-3 and more

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Grammys 2020: 17 Memorable Moments in Grammy Red Carpet Fashion

The Grammy Awards never fails to deliver red carpet moments that leave us in shock, awe or just scratching our heads.
This Sunday’s 62nd annual show held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is unlikely to disappoint with looks that will live on in the red carpet canon.
But only a few celebrities push the limits of what red carpet dressing can be.  No one can forget when Lady Gaga showed up being carried in an egg in 2011. Rihanna’s frothy, bubblegum pink Giambattista Valli gown from 2015 inspired a plethora of loofah memes. And 20 years later, Jennifer Lopez’s plunging Versace gown is still as iconic as ever.
We are keeping an eye out for three Best New Artist nominees to bring us some of the night’s best looks.
Lizzo, the most nominated artist, has been one of the year’s major style stars. This could be her chance to solidify herself as true fashion girl.
Grammys newcomer Rosalía often plays with her Spanish roots to bring an authentic flamenco-inspired style that is both unique and modern.
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Alaïa Pre-Fall 2020

There is so much to see at Alaïa that deciding what to look at first feels like a challenge. Ultimately, three ideas stuck after a showroom appointment with Caroline Fabre Bazin, Azzedine Alaïa’s longtime right arm and studio director.
The first was the floral theme that ran through the collection in various guises. An abstract flower print looked almost like marbling on a plunge-neck dress with a built-in bra that eagle-eyed fans will recognize as a model worn in gold by Madonna in the late Eighties. Lightweight wool muslin was adorned with broderie anglaise bouquets while flowers climbed all over the surface of a gray wool A-line coat.
Then there was the interplay of masculine and feminine that came across in more tailored looks such as a trompe-l’oeil jumpsuit and the heavy presence of trousers in the collection.
Other standouts included leathers taken from 1983 collections, jacquards that used a heat-reactive yarn that formed geometric tribal patterns once finished and a bustier — a shape once made for Naomi Campbell — that will be revisited more fully in the later fall line.
And finally, the backs of the pre-fall’s outerwear held particular fascination. “He would always tell us, ‘The back is the last impression

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See Taylor Swift and More Stars Take Over Park City for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

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Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring 2020

Jean Paul Gaultier brought down the Théâtre du Chatelet on Wednesday with a swansong haute couture show that was like a kaleidoscope of his 50-year career.
For more than an hour, models, friends and muses flooded the stage in more than 230 outfits made out of recycled old collections. There were sailor tops, corsets, tuxedos and trompe-l’oeil creations — all the signatures of the man known as the “enfant terrible” of French fashion, who is retiring from the runway at the age of 67.
Known for his catwalk shows merging fashion and guest performers, Gaultier was the city’s greatest showman since Thierry Mugler, breaking down gender barriers and helping to launch some of the industry’s biggest models.
His all-star cast included Erin O’Connor, Coco Rocha, Jade Parfitt, Karlie Kloss, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, Lily McMenamy, Karen Elson, Anna Cleveland, Estelle Lefébure, Noémie Lenoir, Winnie Harlow and even Farida Khelfa, his former muse and couture director.
But the biggest cheers came for Tanel Bedrossiantz, the man who has epitomized Gaultier’s brand of runway camp for decades. He did not disappoint, walking in a leather jacket with a huge rooster sprouting from one shoulder, in a section the program notes billed as “French Accent

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Developing Your 2020 Business Vision for Payment Processing

It’s time to brush aside the holiday hangover and put the new year into perspective. Since 2020 has been named the year of “perfect vision,” what better time to focus in on what’s headed our way?
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Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Spring 2020

There’s little risk of Giorgio Armani unfurling a highfalutin, obscure or tangled deep-thoughts theme for his couture show. Often he picks a color story or print theme and simply goes to town with it.
Here was an ode to ikat, the Indonesian dyeing technique, whose dense, rich patterns seemed to inspire the Italian designer, famous for greige, to flex his decorative muscles. As if those curling, slightly blurred patterns weren’t enough, he added beaded tulle overlays, embroidered inlays, swishing crystal fringes and sometimes guipure lace, too.
He opened his display with an array of fancy pants, shaped vaguely like sweats complete with gathered, ankle-hugging hems, but done in heavy silks in bright jewel tones or outsized ikat patterns. A few were tamed with taut, compact jackets in neutral tones — until the lavish treatments started creeping above the waist, too.
Armani went for bold, not always harmonious pattern and color mixes, which felt new for him. Ikat motifs rubbed up against brocades and lace with floral motifs, or were etched on their own with beadwork.
The eveningwear was similarly bold, and the best of his gowns had gleaming, solid-colored bustier or slip tops that gave way to fancy, yet gossamer skirts. Like Maria Grazia

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Celebs Arrive To The 2020 SAG Awards, Dapper & Delightfully Dressed

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Heron Preston Men’s Fall 2020

The decade is barely started but Heron Preston is already looking at the road, or rather building work, ahead. Comparing the world to “the most complex construction zone we have ever witnessed,” Preston offered men hard-wearing slim-line trousers, cargo pants, hard-wearing outerwear, or a shortened, more fitted version of his classic T-shirt. The women’s swung between tailored utility — nipped-in chunky sweaters, roomy jumpsuits or form skimming suiting — and slinky options like corset tops, slipdresses or zippered bustier dresses. If the crews that build our world remain unseen to most, these clothes will surely be seen at hip parties come the fall.
Many pieces felt like they could cross the gender divide. “I posted the Spirit Level heel and got so many comments from men who loved it. It also helps people have more of an open-mind at seeing that crossover,” Preston said backstage.
This season’s collaborators included Caterpillar for the orange Stormer boots, and the British Ministry of Defense, whose wildlife conservation project protects animals from poaching in Africa and who approved Preston’s design featuring their Rhino patch, Cyrillic “Style” embroidery and all. A portion of this collection’s profits will be donated to the African Parks organization.
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Demi Lovato Plans Early 2020 Album Touching on OD, Sobriety

Demi Lovato’s comeback includes a Grammys performance, a coveted Super Bowl gig … and a full-length studio album to be released in the first half of 2020. TMZ’s learned the singer’s still working on the tracks — which will be the first new music…

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XBIZ Announces 2020 Retail Industry Award Winners

The 2020 XBIZ retail industry award winners were announced Wednesday night during an exclusive ceremony, presented by Satisfyer, at the W Hotel Hollywood.
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AMI Alexandre Mattiussi Men’s Fall 2020

“It’s not really a superstition but the number nine keeps appearing in my life, since I was a kid,” said Alexandre Mattiussi, ahead of the show for AMI’s ninth anniversary, showing the Roman numeral tattooed on his wrist. “When there’s nine somewhere, I’m happy.”
The show celebrated the über-Parisian identity of the brand, taking place at the Trianon, a 19th century theatre and concert hall near Montmartre. On each seat, a book chronicled the almost-decade of the brand, opening with a childhood portrait of Mattiussi, who turns 40 this year, and a sweeping view of the Eiffel Tower as seen at his fall 2019 show.
Models emerged from the scene’s velvet curtains accompanied by a live accordion performance by Bosnia-born musician Mario Batkovic. For the finale, the curtains rolled back to reveal a décor depicting a Parisian street in which the models arranged themselves around tables, along steps and in windows, with French actress Audrey Marnay taking pride of place at a café table.
The lineup had a decidedly Sixties flavor, although bowler hats dotted throughout skewed Charlie Chaplin meets “A Clockwork Orange.” Magnified details like wide-rib corduroy, sequins the size of sand-dollars and large houndstooth patterns gave a Polly Maggoo flair to

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Adult Retail Industry Kicks Off 2020 at ANME

ANME got off to a rockin’ start with a Saturday night ‘80s party with a special live performance by Neon Jeans.
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Brioni Men’s Fall 2020

The stuccoed rooms of Palazzo Gerini with chandeliers covered in drapes and burning candles served as a cinematic backdrop for Brioni’s fall 2020 event, a hybrid of a presentation and a musical live performance curated by fashion historian Olivier Saillard with classical instruments players acting as models. Even if the setting looked highly suggestive, it was quite compelling for the audience to actually see the clothes.
In keeping with Brioni’s design director Norbert Stumpfl’s vision, the brand marked its 75th anniversary with a more relaxed approach to tailoring. During a preview a few weeks ahead of the show, Stumpfl said he is not doing “fashion, it’s more about style and showing men how they can wear these extremely luxurious clothes in a very easy way,” he said, referring to the overall sense of laid-back sophistication infused into his collection, mainly conveyed through tiny details and a delicate color palette of buttery white, washed beige and dashes of pink.
A coat made of double-faced alpaca left undyed to preserve its natural color was paired with white denim pants and a white overcoat crafted from Mongolian cashmere sourced from albino species, completed with white horn buttons, was worn over a taupe jersey crewneck and

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‘Winter Wonderland’ Party Returns to 2020 XBIZ Show

XBIZ is pleased to announce the return of the ultra-sexy “Winter Wonderland” lingerie and pajama-themed party, sponsored by Playboy Plus and ManyVids, to next week’s lineup of late night events at the 2020 XBIZ Show.
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Studio ALCH Men’s Fall 2020

“I wanted to focus my collection on zero waste and changing the perception of disposable items such as clothes,” said designer Alexandra Hackett, who showed her collection in a basketball court in South London.
She employed recycled and deadstock materials to create such tried-and-true sportswear tropes as track pants, vests and boiler suits. She widened her use of eyelet hardware — a brand signature — on garments such as a navy blue vest top, straight-leg pants and messenger bags.
To further hammer her point across, Hackett introduced prints depicting crushed plastic bottles, which helped spice up her collection.

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Golden Globes 2020 Seems to Have All Black or Bright Colors Dress Code

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Cecilie Bahnsen Pre-Fall 2020

Season after season, Cecilie Bahnsen keeps building on the charming, romantic universe she has created with her namesake brand, filled with puff sleeves, frothy dresses and pastel hues.
For her latest pre-fall collection, she revisited those much-loved signatures, being a firm believer in the power of a classic and in offering her clients something timeless they’d want to pass on to their daughters. Dresses came in midi lengths and featured romantic bow embellishments, subtle pleats and delicate woven fabrics, which added a vintage flair to the pieces.
But Bahnsen also injected a tougher mood here, by layering the dresses over more masculine-looking knits, pairing them with combat boots and adding some tailoring to the mix.
“For me this time, it was very important to add a masculine kind of contrast to the collection and therefore we looked at the uniforms of Catholic school boys from the 19th century,” said the designer, adding that the ideas for the monochrome looks in the range and the layering she used to update the silhouettes of dresses, sparked from those uniform references.
An oversize jacquard coat and a short suit using black, embroidered tulle made for some of the strongest additions in the collection.

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What’s in, what’s out in the hockey world for 2020

While some trends will surely continue in the new year, others will undergo a transformation. Get caught up here.
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Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2020

Naeem Khan’s pre-fall collection was all about summer ease: think lightweight and casual silhouettes perfect for an outdoor wedding. It’s a given that the collection was also underscored by the designer’s signature brand of glamour, yet with a softer approach than in seasons past.
The big novelty here was his use of stretch sequins — bright and playful solid colors cut into easy shapes like a little cardigan jacket, sleeveless tops and slouchy elastic waist pants. The colors ranged from bold to unexpected, including blue, silver, orange and lime green. Khan has used the fabric in recent collections to craft slinky Halston-esque gowns; those have sold so well that it was natural to offer up lounge-y separates in the same fabric that worked for multiple occasions. The shimmer errs on the side of evening, but the ease of familiar separates silhouettes that also work for a dressy office outfit when styled with jeans or a simple T-shirt.
There was a focus on drawing in new, younger customers who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a traditional Naeem gown. The sequin stretch items are priced competitively, as are fringe beaded tops, best-selling poncho shawls with floral embroidery and airy organza blouses.
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2020 NHL Winter Classic: Schedule, jerseys, matchups and predictions

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Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2020

Having a clear brand identity in today’s retail climate is everything. Stacey Bendet was ahead of the curve in that regard, championing women’s rights and a sense of female empowerment from her brand’s onset. Yes, the clothes themselves range from playful and whimsical to cool and relaxed that help inject customers with confidence, but the appeal also lies with Bendet’s projects outside from that, including, but not limited to, her support for young talent and an upcoming project to shed light on the very real issue of human sex trafficking. So when she says she cares about empowering women, she really means it.
Most customers will experience that through the clothes, where both romantic maxidresses and classic suiting are equally uplifting and appealing. The pre-fall range was more muted than the color-charged palette of spring and more akin to a bohemian summer. A thread of Seventies romance ran through suede separates, paisley prints and intricate floral embroidery atop leather jackets and cowboy boots.
Although the range was earthy and romantic, there was a dose of rocker edge laced with a cool girl vibe. Slipdresses were paired with big lightweight knits, a croc jacket toughened up delicate engineered prints and a top composed

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NHL experts: 2020 NHL All-Star Game roster snubs

No Brad Marchand? Where’s Max Pacioretty? Our experts weigh in on the biggest snubs from the NHL All-Star Game rosters.
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Chalayan Pre-Fall 2020

Space, and the ways people move through it — fueled the imagination of the designer, who looked to Aboriginal Australians and their songlines, and to nature rituals of the Far East for this elegant collection that was filled with clever folds, drapes and details that appeared to melt into one another.
Seemingly simple shapes came with thought-provoking details, as in long, rectangular flaps on the sleeves of cotton blouses or jackets meant to frame the upper body; a draped skirt with naïf line and dot patterns inspired by the songlines; collars emerging from the inside to the outside of a dark jacket, and long, flowing ties on dresses that could be knotted, tied, turned into scarves or wrapped around the torso.

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One taupe knitted dress was a standout: Chalayan stretched the band of the neckline right down the side of the sleeve.
He riffed on flags, too, turning them from 2-D into 3-D as in the gentle ripples on a black skirt, or the dramatic folds and capes on dresses and coats. It was a great exercise in conceptual clothing that actually looks great — and functions, as well.

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Beaufille Fall RTW 2020

At six years in, designers of Beaufille Chloé and Parris Gordon are a label setting a modern template for their contemporaries. While they have fostered a strong point of view from the beginning — making feminine pieces with a tough edge — their fall assortment shows that it’s more than individual garments that sets them apart.
One way is their deeper push into sustainability. Yes, it is a far-reaching topic and the sisters approach it with a thoughtful consideration. It starts with their fabrics — the duo uses textiles made from 50 percent recycled plastic bottles and 50 percent organic cotton on some pieces.
“We think about if we cannot make a piece out of 100 percent sustainable material, then how else can we make it sustainable,” Chloe said. She went on to explain that one way is by creating a transitional wardrobe with pieces “that aren’t just seasonal.”
There was a section of monochromatic pleated pieces that created compelling shapes. A jacket with removable lapels. A three-way wrap dress with a skirt that unbuttons and a belt that can be undone, it broke up the body into three key places. Many pieces had a mix of these types of built in styling

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Tibi Pre-Fall 2020

“I think that our clothing allows a woman or man to express they are a creative individual without looking crazy. We’re really focusing on that woman who used her clothing to express who she is, but not dominate,” expressed Amy Smilovic. Over the years, the Tibi designer has been continually perfecting garments that stride the line between trendy and timeless, fit for the woman, or man, who Smilovic describes as “the ultimate compliment: creative,” but also “has their s–t together.” 
Smilovic, who said business has been stronger than ever in their specialty stores, noted a big customer base in Los Angeles, but not the celebrities, rather producers and directors, as well as chief executive women across the globe. “The woman who’s on set all day but has a dinner at night, or might need to go to something fancy.” She (or he) is also a person who invests in their pieces and appreciates good quality, refined fashion. Smilovic’s pre-fall collection was evident of these statements through silhouettes that the designer “zeroed in on” for the new season. Plaid suiting felt fresh with slits at the elbows and rounded, jogger-esque trousers and prints offered curiosity — from far away, a cotton blouse

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A.L.C. Pre-Fall 2020

“The whole season in three drops takes your from buying your occasion pieces, to your highly relaxed beach moments, to the last delivery, which is true pre-fall with a more urban focus. They’re pieces you’re going to buy with thoughts of wearing into fall, to work and in the city,” explained A.L.C. designer Andrea Lieberman. For pre-fall, the buy-now-wear-now approach took hold. Lieberman’s first drop included true summer offerings, as in textured organza cotton dresses, two-piece sets and scarf-print occasion dresses. The designer’s use of color — which is always an important piece of her collections — was divine, with deep brown, marigold and fresh green options aplenty through each delivery.
Within her second and third deliveries, Lieberman noted the importance of “diving into” her knitwear and pant businesses. Signature compact knits were expanded into a variation of fully fashioned bodysuits and button-up polo tops as well as milano bike shorts and dresses. For trousers, Lieberman questioned, “what’s the space between a trouser and a jean?” Her answer came through over-dyed trousers and fresh twill offerings, pants that held the sweet middle ground of casual-chic. Standouts here included a head-to-green ensemble or ribbed cream knit top with dusty blue trousers. Overall

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Markarian Pre-Fall 2020

“I was channeling [Sandro] Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’-meets-old-Hollywood, which is totally random,” quipped Markarian designer Alexandre O’Neill. Over the seasons, O’Neill has fine-tuned her fashionably fun, feminine lineups with light touches of contrasting ideas. 
Shimmering frocks were aplenty — O’Neill used iridescent paillettes to cover modern, princess-y dresses with poufed sleeves; the idea even came into daywear (a continually expanding section of the designer’s offering) à la a pink set of “glam-jams.” Gowns came more slinky — channeling contemporary takes on old Hollywood glamour — than prior season’s voluminous offerings, as in a drapy white gown with floral belt or a standout pailette adorned and embroidered, glistening gown with contrasting yellow poufed sleeves covered in hand done organza flowers. The lineup was fresh and light with yellow, pink and orange dresses (and even a hot pink suiting option) alongside signature romantic floral jacquard separates, O’Neill’s fun-loving mix of evening-, day- and bridalwear, proving yet another strong collection.

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Aitor Throup to Unveil Second Brand in 2020

SKETCH THE SWEATS: Aitor Throup has more than one brand in the pipeline.
The Argentinian-British designer is to unveil a gender-neutral label under the The DSA moniker during the upcoming men’s fashion week in Paris, WWD has learned.
Earlier this year, Throup revealed exclusively to WWD that he was working on a new men’s wear brand that will officially be unveiled later next year. While prepping the highly conceptualized fashion project, the designer is stretching his muscles with a more approachable line.
The DSA will focus on accessible sportswear pieces, including white T-shirts and sweatpants, each emblazoned with an original sketch drawn by Throup. For the past eight years, the designer has been building The Daily Sketchbook Archives Instagram account uploading illustrations of fantastical characters and symbols, each captioned with a progressive serial number.
The account counts more than 3,000 followers at press time and 2,772 sketches have been uploaded so far.
Challenging the norms and conventions of branding practices, each item will be splashed with the drawings’ serial numbers instead of employing the brand’s logo.

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Sportmax Pre-Fall 2020

Further elaborating the narrative of the spring show, Sportmax injected a nautical inspiration into its pre-fall collection. In particular, sea captain’s uniforms influenced the silhouettes of belted jackets and buttoned dresses, where the overall rigor of shapes was tempered by the softer construction of sleeves and shoulders for a touch of discreet romanticism.
Drawing an elongated, slim silhouette, long belted vests and tunic tops were worn over clean pants, while suits were developed in different proportions, from the fluid, mannish volumes of a bright red style, showing a double-breasted blazer, to the more feminine shape of a knitted number consisting of a tiny jacket with leather details coordinated with a slightly flared skirt.
The brand’s signature trench was rendered in a range of options, from classic beige bonded cotton to vibrant red leather, while coats were crafted from wool and cashmere in a palette that spanned from a timeless navy blue to a vivacious yellow tone.

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Staud Pre-Fall 2020

Titled “Slow Things,” Sarah Staudinger’s pre-fall collection referenced a mix of playful surf culture with ready-to-wear and accessories that nodded to summer ease and the importance of “slowing down” from the speed of daily life to enjoy the warmer months. The title could also lend itself to how the designer is approaching her work. 
Pre-fall was composed of ideas continued from spring — her voluminous silhouettes in recycled tissue nylon and crinkled organza, long-line ponte de roma knit tunics over pants and satin separates have seemingly become signatures. Custom hibiscus flower and a watercolor island prints (with cheeky, hidden surfers and beachgoers), influenced by Staudinger’s “mental vacation to Hawaii,” were splashed onto these silhouettes, making them feel new again in high summer red, aqua, marine green and yellow tones. A sheer, layered tent maxidress covered in palm leaves and hibiscus flowers felt like an ultra cool, modern mumu while a short, relaxed shirtdress echoed Forties Hawaiian silhouettes. The lineup was both playful — with Hawaiian “slow moving creatures” like starfish and snails embroidered onto linen dresses — and romantic — her dégradé gowns offered in new proportions and sun-faded hues. 
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Dior Pre-Fall 2020

Maria Grazia Chiuri has little truck with the cliché of the fashion designer as tortured artist. It’s a myth that’s particularly prevalent in Paris, where more than one creative has imploded on the job.
“In France, there was this idea to promote the couturier with this romantic image more close to a painter, less with a designer,” she mused, surrounded by racks of clothing in Dior’s showroom in Paris.
Since taking over a house known for some of the most theatrical catwalk shows in recent history, the Italian designer has been taking the opposite tack, turning out clothes that make cash registers sing — even if some critics have bemoaned her approach as too safe.
If anything, Chiuri is doubling down with her pre-fall collection, which feels like an extension of 30 Montaigne, the capsule collection of wardrobe essentials she introduced this year that are designed to linger in women’s closets.
“The idea of fashion is that it has to create surprise, it has to give you emotion. I want to give emotion but at the same time, I think that we have to be consistent and we have to create pieces that are not only seasonal pieces,” she explained.
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Daniel Craig’s New James Bond Watch From ‘No Time To Die’ Can Be Yours in 2020

When Daniel Craig hits the silver screen in his final appearance as James Bond in No Time To Die, he’ll have a handy new timepiece on his wrist. Craig’s Bond will be wearing the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition watch, which was designed in collaboration with Craig for the 25th official film in the franchise.


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Bond has been wearing an Omega watch since Pierce Brosnan played the character in 1995’s GoldenEye. For this particular timepiece, Omega is releasing it as part of a non-limited collection in February, giving fans everywhere the chance to wear the same timepiece as Craig’s Bond in the new film.

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The design of the new Seamaster was inspired by Bond’s military past as a former Royal Naval Reserve Commander, as he would have been given an Omega watch in real life if he was a British Royal Navy officer. The Bond films’ original partnership with Omega was in part inspired by that history as well.


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“When our costume designer on GoldenEye, Lindy Hemming, whose father would have been one of the people who got the Navy Omega watch in the war, recommended it, I felt that particular history was a fit for the character,” said longtime Bond producer Michael G. Wilson, who has worked on the franchise since 1972, at a press conference for the release of the watch. “Omega first came to mind for me as a strong timepiece when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and all the astronauts had Omega timepieces. When Lindy brought it to me, I thought, ‘if it’s good enough for the astronauts, it has to be good enough for James Bond.’”

Craig himself collaborated with the design team, making it the first time ever that an actor playing Bond helped design a watch for the character.

When it was brought to me at the beginning of the filming process, I thought, ‘You’ve done it: This is the James Bond watch.’

“I wanted to help create a watch that suited my Bond character, who is a military man at heart,” Craig said at the press conference. “We started having a dialogue and Omega took in my input, and the watch is the culmination of that dialogue, and, in a way, a culmination of my character of Bond in this series of films. It’s a military watch, but it’s also elegant. You can wear it as a dress watch, but it feels like a military watch, which is what Bond would need. It’s titanium, and light as a feather. When it was brought to me at the beginning of the filming process, I thought, ‘You’ve done it: This is the James Bond watch.’”


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The new Seamaster is featured multiple times in the No Time To Die trailer, including when Bond is speaking with Spectre villain Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) and later when he gets ready to shoot a gun around the two minute mark. Here’s a look at the trailer:

The watch will be available with a titanium mesh bracelet strap, or a striped NATO strap in dark brown, gray, and beige, which also has “007″ engraved on the loop. The timepieces are made with Grade 2 Titanium on the case and mesh bracelet, and the caseback includes references to the Omega’s military history as well as the Bond character.

Each watch includes a naval code-number that fits the format for genuine military-issue watches along with “007,” for Bond’s double-00 agent number, and “62,” referencing the year the first Bond film (Dr. No) was released. The Seamaster watch with the NATO strap is available for $ 8,100, while the titanium mesh strap timepiece is set at $ 9,200.


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Here’s a close look at Craig wearing the titanium mesh strap version of the watch in the film:

No Time to Die / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Eon Productions
No Time to Die / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Eon Productions

Here is a look at the watch with the NATO strap:

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Michael Kors Collection Pre-Fall 2020

Investment dressing, versatility, timelessness. In this age of environmental awareness, it’s front-and-center of the fashion discussion. As Michael Kors nears his 40th anniversary in business (not a typo — 40 years), he’s thinking about those characteristics relative to his own work. So much so that as he prepared his pre-fall collection, Kors did some archive-surfing, and identified some timeless pieces, including a windowpane ruana over a bodysuit and culottes from 1981. He thought it looked darned good, and to open his pre-fall presentation (he calls it “transseason”) he reissued the look fairly faithfully, minus the overdone makeup and flashy jewelry.
The ruana’s vague southwestern feel got Kors thinking about the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum he’d seen a while back — “her clothes, so modern” — and the explosive cultural moment country and the American West are experiencing right now. He rattled off a litany: Orville Peck, Lil Nas X, the indomitable Dolly Parton. “There’s this incredible movement,” Kors said, wondering if it might be about “finding something to be proud of in Americana today.”
Hefty musing for a pre-fall collection. And happily so, because the collection looked great, a chicly indiscrete fusion of Western and Kors-ian tropes. For starters,

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Tanya Taylor Pre-Fall 2020

“We always love a woman who colors outside the lines,” said Tanya Taylor in her delightfully quirky and vibrant showroom space. An acidic green custom-made sofa centered the room, other inviting pops of color hung on the walls and, of course, along the racks within her new pre-fall collection. 
Approaching the season, the book “Ninth Street Women” inspired Taylor to delve into the world of fellow color enthusiast, and wonderfully unique artist, Lee Krasner.
“We ended up going to her house and studio in East Hampton, in the Springs,” the designer recalled. “You drive off of the main road to Sag Harbor and it’s a pond and a totally natural environment with wheat fields. So dreamy…in the barn they hadn’t taken off any of the paint splatter from her and Jackson Pollock. So, you walk in and there’s crazy color, the light had this weird, special energy. I liked the idea of playing with neutrals that felt like that environment with the super saturated art.”
Taylor’s tour (given by one of Krasner’s friends) inspired the designer’s palette and prints, mimicking the energy she felt from the vivid art while images of Krasner and artist Hellen Frankenthaler (also featured in “Ninth Street

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Etro Pre-Fall 2020

Nourishing her chic, nomadic spirit, the woman Veronica Etro portrayed for pre-fall got inspired by Argentinian gauchos and Central European iconography to create her distinctive, individual wardrobe.
A charming sense of coziness was infused into the striped ponchos, blanket coats and skirts — their adventurous look counterbalanced by the urban appeal of precise shirts and floral denim pants. Cardigans with a sophisticated artisanal look were juxtaposed with tomboy-like corduroy suits with rolled up short pants, as well as flowing silk maxidresses decorated with delicate ruffles. Finding a balance between refined eccentricity and elevated essentials, rich patchwork knitted dresses found a counterpart in lively frocks worked in solids peppered by luxurious textures.
Highlighting the more metropolitan aspect of the collection, Etro also offered her own take on preppy with mannish tailored suits, printed jeans styled with penny loafers, and a stripe shirt paired with a skirt crafted from vintage Etro ties — a tribute to a dress created by the designer during her Central Saint Martins years.

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Prabal Gurung Pre-Fall 2020

Prabal Gurung has had a lot to reflect on as we close out this decade. In 10 years of business, he’s championed diversity, women’s rights and artisanal craft — all with an eye toward exuberant fashion — culminating in a spring runway show that was as political as it was beautiful.
Now, as the industry takes steps toward safeguarding the environment — see Stella McCartney’s appointment as sustainability adviser at LVMH; Givenchy’s pre-fall collection — Gurung is considering ways to be more sustainable. “The pre-fall 2020 collection is an exploration of the brand’s DNA, and an excavation of our archives, reimagining staple pieces with a modern lens and an eye toward sustainability,” the designer said in a statement.
He issued signature pieces like the cutout button dress in patchwork strips of off-cut fabric, and utilized recycled taffeta (composed of a polyester made of plastic bottles) to craft beautiful hand-pleated dresses. By repurposing prints and fabrics across various silhouettes (a technicolor floral cut into an easy tank dress and empowering suit; a crinkle palm print into pants and a maxi dress covered with previously unused lace), Gurung reduced his overall fabric use by 50 percent.
But it wasn’t just about reducing material excess. Gurung

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Givenchy Pre-Fall 2020

Stella McCartney, you’ve got company: There’s a group of budding eco-warriers sprouting up at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
Since the British designer joined the world’s biggest luxury group last summer, its top creative directors have become more vocal about their (admittedly fledgling) environmental initiatives. For Givenchy’s last runway show, Clare Waight Keller showed ripped jeans made from upcycled vintage pieces in a nod to sustainability.
Her pre-fall collection was preoccupied with nature, though in a less pragmatic way. Extreme surfers informed the men’s designs, with a palette ranging from ice blue to hot lava. The women’s side explored the more sensual side of nature, with the iris flower as a recurring theme.
It appeared as an allover motif on colorful crepe de chine shirts and dresses, or as a graphic black-and-white jacquard pattern on a cocoon coat or a bell-shaped dress. These contrasted with the baby blue of a flimsy nylon drawstring parka, or the tender pink of a shearling bomber jacket and coat.
Waight Keller said the clothes were designed for longevity. “It’s always been part of my mission in designing to have some sense of a sort of heirloom quality to the clothes, and that I wanted to bring in through

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Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Pre-Fall 2020

Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi took a weekend trip to Venice earlier this year and dreamt up their pre-fall collection.
Venetian florals, surrealist art at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and glamorous images of Peggy herself in the historic city all came together beautifully via with rich textures, distinct silhouettes and an elegance reflecting the American heiress and art lover.
“She was a real personality, she collected surrealist art way ahead of her time and has now left this incredible legacy for everyone to enjoy,” said Thornton, pointing to an image of Guggenheim on his moodboard wearing a bold, two-tone dress and statement jewels. “I love that this would be her on a ‘casual’ day.”
The husband-and-wife design duo channeled the same sense of boldness into a series of statement evening dresses — which remain the most dynamic part of the brand’s business.
A graphic, black-and-white languid midi dress was a modern take on one that Guggenheim used to wear. Another one, embroidered in clear sequins, had a shine that was similar to that of a plastic dress the socialite wore in the Thirties.
There were plenty of clever, subtle references to Venice and the surrealist art dotted throughout the city: The ruffle on the hem

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Joseph Pre-Fall 2020

Susana Clayton has been settling into her new creative director role at Joseph and starting to refine the brand’s vocabulary, polishing existing signatures and introducing new ones.
The play between masculine and feminine, and French and British style, has been central to Clayton’s vision for the brand. For pre-fall she delved further into those contrasts, bringing together references ranging from the British outdoors and David Bowie to French insouciance and minimalist, urban interiors.
“It’s about balancing the duality of the brand. Joseph himself had a strong French spirit, but explored the brand in the U.K.,” said Clayton.
Cue an array of tweed tailoring and cool, voluminous outerwear that had a more masculine feel than in the past, as well as some softer, cozier pieces that belonged in the British countryside. These ranged from a statement poncho, to tailoring done in double-faced wool for extra comfort and head-to-toe knit looks in soft, biscuit tones.
Elsewhere, Clayton wove in more feminine elements in the form of pleated midi skirts in baby pink, silk separates in a print that mirrored the pattern of tweed fabrics, or a patent leather vest cinched at the waist.
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Missoni Pre-Fall 2020

For pre-fall, Angela Missoni chose a superstar of Andy Warhol’s Factory as muse: Model, actress and makeup artist Jane Forth inspired the glossy and posh collection.
A Seventies mood resonated in the earthy colors and in certain designs, such as fitted polo shirts with intarsia collars matched with flared knitted pants sprouting tiny ruffles at the hems.
The collection was strong on dresses, spanning from mini styles worn with textured stockings to fitted midi frocks. Mannish striped shirts were layered under knitted vests with metallic touches and paired with streamlined skirts.
Setting aside its iconic bold graphics, this season Missoni embraced softness with tonal experimentations on knitwear and outerwear, sometimes crafted from a feminine version of a classic sartorial tweed.
A sporty touch was also introduced via reversible, slightly padded jackets with a unisex fit, which combined knits and nylon printed with a pattern where the Missoni logo popped up from a wild animal motif.

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Thom Browne Pre-Fall 2020

Thom Browne is brimming with projects: an art exhibition opening to the public next week during Art Basel Miami, a new house in Manhattan, and his first coed show set to take place in Paris next March.
They all fed, in different ways, into his pre-fall collection, which served as a bridge towards that upcoming men’s and women’s show by further blurring the boundaries between the two genders. This was most evident in a tailored group of what he termed “ticket pocket” jackets and coats, paired with oversized, high-waisted pants.
“The pieces are exactly the same for both men and women. They weren’t tailored in a different way or tailored down for the girls, because I wanted to even be a little bit more oversized,” he said.
Browne and his partner, Andrew Bolton, head curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, plan to spend the next 18 months renovating their new home, a 15-room town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side originally built in 1920 for a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family.
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Frieze Week Returns to Los Angeles in February 2020

Frieze Week will be held in Los Angeles for its second year with a kickoff on Feb. 10., featuring a public art project showcasing American conceptual artist and collagist Barbara Kruger. The day will include a free guide to art in Los Angeles by ForYourArt, which works to promote art in the city, and a night hosted by Getty for Art for Justice Fund, an organization that uses art as a tool to fight the issue of mass incarceration.
Frieze Los Angeles will officially be held between Feb. 14 and 16 at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood with the support of lead partner Deutsche Bank again this year. Like Frieze Week in London and New York, the initiative will bring together the world of art in L.A. by showcasing a variety of programming inside galleries, museums and nonprofit spaces in the city. Each year, there’s a focus, and this year, it’s Kruger’s project “Untitled (Questions),” where the artist asks questions like, “Is there life without pain?” The installation will be found outside landmarks around L.A.
“An overarching goal for Frieze Los Angeles is to establish an annual moment that encourages visitors and Angelenos to experience art in L.A. through its many forms,”

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Just Cavalli Pre-Fall 2020

Just Cavalli has rediscovered its boldest soul for pre-fall.
The brand’s internal design team took inspiration from the sensual, free and irreverent atmosphere of Studio 54 to create a collection for women who want to steal the spotlight.
Just Cavalli’s signature wild animal motifs took center stage in the lineup. Maxi tiger stripes in a hot pink and black combination were splashed on asymmetric dresses worked in shiny fabrics, while black and white leopard spots popped up on the giant ruffle framing the silhouette of a feminine frock and gave a twist to a mannish camel coal injected with military flair. The collection included multicolor python motifs, which, for example, were used on the sheer details of a mini flared dress.
Asymmetric cuts, plunging V-necks and sparkling effects, conveyed with the use of shimmering fringes and Lurex inserts, gave an audacious attitude to the lineup, which was strong on revisited staples, such as Seventies suits and sexy frocks, filtered through Just Cavalli’s quintessentially rock-‘n’-roll sensibility.

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Alexander McQueen Resort 2020

Hard and soft, sculptural, sheer and delicate, the Alexander McQueen collection was filled with contrasts and inspired by vintage and living flora. Bougainvillea pink blossomed across the collection in the form of full, sheer, tiered skirts and ruffle tops, long taffeta skirts with a Frida Kahlo feel and the double lapels of a fitted red jacket and a strapless dress made from a cascade of ruffles.
Lace played a big role, too, tacked onto the hems of curvy leather corset dresses or worked into romantic knit dresses with ruffled collars and cuffs.
Creative director Sarah Burton offset the ruffles, flounces and lace with a strong lineup of tailoring. The collection included Army green military suits with nipped waists and midi skirts, laser-cut black leather skirt suits with zippers and dramatic peplums and tuxedo jackets with herbs embroidered in silver embroidery. Accessories included a lineup of leather corset belts in saturated shades of bright red, black, olive and amber.

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Christopher Kane Resort 2020

Christopher Kane isn’t one to shy away from a taboo topic or to let his obsession with science, human behavior and fetishes guide his design process every season.
For resort, he looked at people’s relationships with the digital world and came up with a “Technosexual” collection, complete with futuristic foil fabrics in metallic pink or silver hues; chunky metal embellishments, and slogans like “Technosexual” or “Agalmatophilia” — meaning an obsession with statues or mannequins — splattered on T-shirt dresses and coats.
Kane also explored fetishism through silhouette, with some light, black foil dresses rendered in covered, almost “puritanical” midi shapes and others featuring more risqué cutouts.
“Nothing is taboo and nothing will ever be taboo for Christopher Kane. The whole concept of censorship didn’t work back then, so why should it work now?” the designer said. “We’re not humdrum, we need to explore these notions and have a sense of humor. It’s all about provoking a reaction and giving women the tools to feel empowered, because women today should have the power to be sexually aggressive and not be shamed for it.”
Despite all the provocation and fetishistic themes woven into the collection, Kane still managed to channel a sense of ease.
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Giorgio Armani Pre-Fall 2020

For his first pre-fall runway show, held in Milan at the Armani Theater on Thursday evening, Giorgio Armani unveiled a collection that he named “Transformism.” The designer explained this moniker during a press conference beforehand, saying: “I wanted to allow women to be free and different whenever and wherever they wish, changing depending on their mood.”
His lineup, in fact, touched notes while remaining rooted in the sense of rigor and practicality that are distinctive traits of the brand. Armani’s personal idea of femininity continued to be influenced by sartorial references, which translated into a plethora of suits on the catwalk, some featuring constructed jackets with small proportions, others more loose and fluid, such as languid velvet designs punctuated by tiny details echoing the Eastern iconography. “There is an Oriental touch that does not have a precise origin — someone will say that Armani always has that, but the Orient is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. It offers dreamy references, maybe less realistic but more linked to a mood,” Armani explained.
Pleated pants or trousers with bustier-like details were matched with laid-back cardigans, body-hugging coats and cozy padded outerwear styles, which, along with cargo pants, joggers and drawstring details, introduced a touch

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Balmung RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Balmung
Main message: This brand’s designer, who goes by the name Hachi, said he looked at things that had inspired him in the past in order to create his latest collection. This resulted in an offering with a vaguely futuristic look that nonetheless felt very now. He layered different fabrics to give depth and different tones of the same colors, such as an asymmetric skirt consisting of sheer black fabric over white shirting, over a more substantial black material. Pockets were extra large and always on the outside of high-waisted shorts, slim trousers, structured jackets and Windbreakers.
Some pieces were more basic: white shirts, ankle-length knit dresses in navy or gray, and simple jersey tank tops. But rather than feeling boring, they helped to keep focus on the more interesting items, without competing with them. Many looks included obi-like belts tied around the chest instead of the waist and printed with slogans such as “polyester is future” and “hometown.” The show closed with a crinkled, iridescent sweatshirt that was so oversize that it fell below the model’s knees, its sleeves bunched up around her arms.
The result: Hachi succeeded in turning out a collection that showed both creativity and commercial appeal. It

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Tatyana Parfionova RTW Spring 2020

Name: Tatyana Parfionova
Main message: According to show notes, Tatyana Parfionova is the first Russian brand to participate in Tokyo Fashion Week, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. But while her collection would surely appeal to her customers back home, it left something to be desired in front of a Japanese audience.
The designer chose to show only dresses — no separates. And while this was ostensibly done in order to challenge customers to come up with their own styling concepts, it ended up feeling repetitive. The theme for the season was “black dragonfly,” and Parfionova employed motifs of clouds, lily pads, flowers and foliage. She also mixed prints and textures, which wasn’t always successful. One look that missed the mark consisted of a tiered skirt of yellow tulle layered over yellow sequins, with a strange shopping bag-style netting over the bodice and black sleeves with metallic polka dots.
The result: The choice to focus on a single garment with very little variation in silhouette resulted in the collection falling flat, despite a riot of print and texture.

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Yoshikimono RTW Spring 2020

After a three-year hiatus, the kimono brand founded by Yoshiki Hayashi returned to Tokyo Fashion Week as the first show of the season. Predictably, it brought plenty of drama and a higher production value than is typical for the event. 
Known simply by his first name, Yoshiki gained fame as the cofounder, drummer, pianist and main songwriter for X Japan, an influential rock band. He also plays classical music as a solo artist, and has composed music for a variety of film and television projects. And while his career has been in music, he was also born into a family that managed a kimono shop. Yoshikimono is his first venture in the fashion industry, and through it he hopes to increase the popularity of kimono among young people, both in Japan and throughout the world. He admits it’s an uphill battle, but due to his level of celebrity at home and abroad — he has played sold-out shows at both Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall — it is possible that he’s one of the few people who could accomplish such a goal.
“The kimono industry has been suffering in terms of business, so I was wondering how could I stimulate the

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Landlord Men’s RTW Spring 2020

Name: Landlord
Main message: A native of Tottori prefecture in Japan, Ryohei Kawanishi has lived outside of his home country since he was 18, residing previously in London and now in New York. He said that although he has never actually lived in Tokyo, growing up in the Japanese countryside he was always inspired by the Nineties Tokyo street style that he would see in magazines. Since launching his brand in 2015, he has explored a different theme each season, but for spring he wanted to draw on all of his past influences. He took pieces from his archives and tasked New York-based artist Meguru Yamaguchi to paint directly onto the clothes.
“Through this one show, I wanted to show the context I have been working with for the past eight seasons,” Kawanishi said. “The mix of colors from Meguru Yamaguchi, the street casting. To me, Japan’s original fashion culture is the story of street culture, and that’s what I wanted to show.”
The result: Roomy hoodies, baggy shorts, structured jackets and bright orange or yellow trousers were splashed in perfectly positioned, colorful swaths of paint for a streetwear collection with an artistic edge.

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Kozaburo RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Kozaburo
Main message: Kozaburo Akasaka has lived overseas for many years, and was even a finalist for the 2017 LVMH Prize, the same year he started his brand. But Japan has always been a supportive market for him, and this was one reason he decided to return to his home country to stage his first show in Tokyo.
“I wanted to come back to Tokyo, where I came from, and show who I am now,” he said. “For me, this show is like a thank you and a chance for people in Japan to experience the whole world of Kozaburo.”
His collection had a retro, rock-‘n’-roll edge to it, but also elements from workwear and Asian influences. Raw denim bell-bottoms, high-waisted black trousers, a yellow satin bomber and loose-fitting coats were just a few pieces he sent down the runway. There were also several matching tracksuits, including a bright yellow set that was reminiscent of the one Uma Thurman wore in “Kill Bill.”
The result: This was a collection that was edgy yet soft; retro yet effortlessly cool; casual yet stylish. In short, it was streetwear for those with a sense of style and fit.

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Diet Butcher Slim Skin Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Diet Butcher Slim Skin
Main message: This curiously named brand has been around since the mid-Nineties, but took to Tokyo’s runways for the first time this season. Designer Hisashi Fukatami worked with artists Kosuke Kawamura and Guccimaze on prints for the collection.
“Having been an aspiring artist myself, my core curiosity lies in the coexistence of art and fashion,” Fukatami wrote in his show notes. “The relationship between art and fashion and culture and fashion being often on the table for discussion, I see those coexisting in a very amicable manner. I have created this collection with inspiration from works of those artists who always stimulate my curiosity.”
The two artists’ works were incorporated into tunics, A-line shirts, casual pants with protruding pockets, and scarves that were tied tightly at the models’ necks. Fukatami also showed silky, drapy suits in light gray or navy, and separates in traditionally feminine pastels and textiles.
The result: Fukatami’s interpretation of tailoring was soft and light, infused with artistic prints and mixed patterns for a modern men’s wear look that seamlessly mixed casual with elevated looks.

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Mistergentleman Men’s Spring 2020

With several strong seasons under their belt and stores in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong, Takeshi Osumi and Yuichi Yoshii have become a fixture in the coveted Friday night slot during Tokyo Fashion Week. Their latest season was no exception, drawing a crowd that included local and international fashion insiders, among whom was Marcelo Burlon.
The designers began their show with a series of preppy white or checked short suits, with the jackets worn unbuttoned over bare chests for a look of disheveled cool. They also mixed different colors of checks — green, white and red — or printed them onto sheer fabrics.
Khaki or olive shorts, pullovers and onesies were reminiscent of Fifties Boy Scout uniforms, combined with elements from classic military styles. There were also a few traditional checked suits, but in relaxed silhouettes and with elements like sleeves that dangled from the models’ shoulders or pants with high-waist backs, secured in the front with a black strap.
Never ones to play it safe, Osumi and Yoshii also mixed in bold neon tops and shirts and jackets embellished with shiny gold beads or clear rhinestones. Tailored shirts with built-in fanny packs displayed the pair’s adeptness at combining seemingly at-odds pieces into brand

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Roland Mouret Resort 2020

For Roland Mouret, it’s all in the drape. The designer worked Seventies-inspired makeup colors into this collection of fluid, draped, feminine clothing. He put the focus on fabrics including wool crepe, stretch viscose and hammered satin, the latter of which made for flowing handkerchief hems on a skirt; breezy, sensual slipdresses, and the generous, draped sleeves on plissé or striped blouses.
Mouret said he wants women to use his clothes as a tool to define and express themselves, whether that’s for work or not. There were tailored pieces here, too, including a long crepe coat in fire engine red, and a lineup of unfussy suits with thick, karate-style belts and wide-leg trousers, in solid colors like purple, or checks. A silver lamé jumpsuit inspired by the glitter ball added a dash of Seventies spice to the mix.

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Onitsuka Tiger RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Japanese sports and streetwear brand Onitsuka Tiger staged its spring show in an indoor running stadium on an island in Tokyo Bay. The festivities began with a marching band, wheel acrobatics and dancers who flew through the air doing backflips and the like. And with the 2020 Summer Olympics being hosted by Tokyo, creative director Andrea Pompilio drew inspiration both from the city and from past editions of the Games.
“This season is a big homage to Tokyo because it’s going to be the Olympic Games of 2020,” Pompilio said. “The collection is going to be in the stores at that time, and that’s the reason why you see a lot of luggage. Because for me it’s like all the world is coming here and Tokyo has become a really big center of the world. For the Olympics but also because Tokyo at the moment is a really big center of creativity and a very inspiring city for so many people.”
The luggage Pompilio mentioned was made of slick vinyl in the Olympic colors and emblazoned with either retro or modern looking logos. Shapes ranged from cosmetic bags to Boston bags.
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Shohei RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Shohei
Main message: Austrian designer Lisa Pek made her Tokyo Fashion Week debut a year ago, and after a one-season break she was back with a collection that once again showed off both her technical skill and her knack for nailing a Western interpretation of a Japanese aesthetic. While many of Pek’s silhouettes were simple and classic — button-up shirts, a cross-front midiskirt, and relaxed-fitting suits for men — she mixed them up with unexpected details or asymmetric additions. There was a loose ruffle that ran across and trailed off of plain white or blue tie-dyed shirts; trousers with zippers that opened to create slits at the knees and thighs, and a sweatshirt dress with added “sleeves” that tied around the waist. 
The result: Pek’s brand showed potential as a contemporary label that produces easy-to-wear collections with a slight twist, but she may benefit from taking a few more risks in the future.

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Mitsuru Okazaki RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Mitsuru Okazaki
Main message: Inspired by Seventies rock ‘n’ roll style, Mitsuru Okazaki sent out a compact collection of slim suits and separates with an edge. Roughly half a dozen black unisex pantsuits were accented with bold white contrasts in the shape of circles, stars, arrows, guitars, or strips of cotton tape arranged in the style of a Napoleon jacket. Black tank tops and bell bottoms printed or embroidered with guitars took a literal interpretation of the theme, while bright pink satin shirts with basketweave detailing and pants with their seams on the outside made the look feel more modern.
The result: It was a tight collection with a clear theme that nonetheless had enough variety in just over 20 looks that it kept the audience’s attention.

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RABD Men’s Spring 2020

Name: RABD
Main message: A former design assistant for John Galliano, Kanya Miki founded his brand in 2017 and this season marked his second showing during Tokyo Fashion Week. He still made a common rookie mistake, sending out at least twice as many looks he should have if he wanted to avoid repetition and losing his audience’s attention.
Roomy silhouettes dominated Miki’s runway. Pants were extra long, pleated, and cinched at the waist, sometimes with long cords or chains that trailed behind as the models walked. Outerwear, too, was oversize, whether it took the form of faux leather bombers so long they nearly reached the knee or denim overcoats with bunched up sleeves. Even cropped suit jackets had shoulders so wide that they hung from the models’ frames.
The result: Despite the repetition and sheer volume of the collection, it showed a clear direction and was an interesting new take on the casual-meets-tailoring trend that has become common among streetwear brands.

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Gut’s Dynamite Cabarets RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Gut’s Dynamite Cabarets
Main message: After a nearly seven-year hiatus from Tokyo’s runways, the designers who go by the names Cabaret Aki and Jackal Kuzu were back for spring, this time with their new partner W Woods Showko. Their collection had a retro, rock ‘n’ roll-meets-hippie vibe to it, with floral caftans and printed maxi skirts shown alongside ruffled blouses, ripped jeggings, and leopard-print blazers. There was a riot of color and pattern, from multicolored zigzags to a black all-over logo print over a bright pink background. Long fringe-trimmed skirts, dresses and ponchos.
During a break from the traditional runway show, the designers sent out groups of street dancers, nontraditional models, and wrestlers wearing pieces from GCGX, the brand’s new sports line. Heavy on logos, there were sweatsuits, T-shirts, shorts and leggings in either black and white or a red, blue and yellow multicolored print.
The result: As the finale soundtrack — “Fight for Your Right” by the Beastie Boys — suggested, this was a high-energy show that certainly brought the fun. The clothes themselves were a bit more toned down than the brand’s previous fare, but will likely do well on a commercial level.

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Children of the Discordance Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Children of the Discordance
Main message: Hideaki Shikama runs what is possibly Japan’s coolest “sustainable” fashion brand, although he doesn’t promote it as such. He designs products that incorporate traditional skills of indigenous peoples in countries from Mexico to Kenya, and follows fair-trade practices in purchasing them. He also works with artist Naoto Yoshida, who remakes vintage fashions as new pieces.
Shikama’s spring offering was rich in color, texture and pattern. Velvety floral tracksuits, bandanna prints on Indian-inspired tunics and straight trousers, intricate embroidery on oversize denim jackets, and shirts fashioned from scarf prints were combined with more  pedestrian camouflage pants and workers’ overalls.
The result: An eclectic mix of multicultural influences and colorful prints came together with loose, casual silhouettes for streetwear with a refined polish.

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Hare RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Hare
Main message: One of the more commercial brands to show during Tokyo Fashion Week, Hare is designed by a team. For spring they turned out oversize versions of classic jackets and tops, often with exaggerated, wide sleeves, overly boxy shapes, or nearly comically large pockets. Paired with wide-legged pants, some looks bordered on shapeless, but others had asymmetric details that gave them a modern edge. The team incorporated Japanese imagery into their prints and motifs, from kabuki actors to bonsai trees, as well as traditional geometric patterns. Neutral tones of black, white, beige and brown were contrasted with pops of red, fuchsia and gold.
The result: There were some beautiful fabrics and interesting imagery, but many of the pieces themselves were either very basic or so oversized that they lost their shape, and certain details such as trailing ribbons of chiffon seemed to have no rhyme or reason and didn’t do anything to elevate the pieces.

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Cinoh RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Cinoh
Main message: Takayuki Chino said he was inspired by a French sense of style for spring, “including the chic way the French wear scarves, Basque shirts and nautical items such as striped boatnecks.” And while these things may sound cliché, the designer succeeded at reinventing them in his own way. He fashioned silky scarves in white, red and navy stripes into buttoned-up ponchos and pleated skirts, and lengthened tipped jackets into calf-length coats, pairing them with jumpsuits and relaxed, high-waisted trousers.
For men, Chino showed a relaxed style of tailoring, including jackets without lapels over long, untucked shirts and loose-fitting pants. He mixed widths of blue and white shirting stripes and added a casual touch with drawstring trousers and sporty bomber jackets.
The result: While many of the pieces were timeless and basic, Chino made them feel modern by giving them a relaxed edge and playing with slightly oversize proportions.

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Rainmaker RTW and Men’s Spring 2020

Name: Rainmaker
Main message: A rare Kyoto-based brand in Japan’s fashion scene, Rainmaker was chosen as one of the winners of this year’s Tokyo Fashion Award. For their second showing during Tokyo Fashion Week, Kohichi Watanabe and Ryutaro Kishi showed relaxed but refined silhouettes in soft, draping fabrics. Unstructured trenches and suit jackets were paired with easy trousers, and collarless shirts topped drawstring shorts. The palette was muted neutrals and pastels, with the exception of a deep purple silk embroidered allover in a floral pattern. Cardigans and shirts were often worn unbuttoned but crossed over in the front and tucked in, for an elegantly undone look.
The result: The offering was cohesive and well executed, with a modern versatility that would be right at home in any urban environment.

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Spring 2020 Trend: Clowning Around

Perhaps it was a natural (if theatrical) progression of the ongoing volume trend, or an indication that designers were anticipating this month’s release of “Joker.” Then again, maybe the darkly comedic side of our cultural reality spurred imaginations. Whatever the impetus, the tiers (and billows, tunics, colors and giant collars) of a clown were all over the spring runways. Looks referenced all manner, from chic Pierrot to everybody’s favorite, Ronald McDonald.

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Hyke RTW Spring 2020

Yukiko Ode and Hideaki Yoshihara’s brand has, for the past several seasons, been a consistent bright spot during Tokyo Fashion Week, and the latest season was no exception. After a series of collections focused on reinventing classic military pieces from around the world, the spring offering had a softer, more feminine feel to it, but was no less timeless.
Hyke is not a brand that capitalizes on sex appeal. There is very little skin shown with its clothes, even for spring. And yet they have a refined elegance that is undeniable. Ankle-length trenchcoats, maxidresses layered over fringed skirts, and pantsuits topped with pleated half skirts were turned out in neutral khaki, beige, navy and black, with a few pops of blue and pink candy colors thrown in to mix things up. The fabrics were stunning without exception, from smooth cotton and soft linen to functional tech materials.
Having collaborated with sports brands including The North Face in the past, this season saw a grouping of pieces made in conjunction with Adidas. Pleated, asymmetrical dresses, yoga-ready leggings, and abstract printed black-and-white pullovers were often paired with more tailored items, such as fringed long skirts or a basic black shirt.
Ode and Yoshihara also sent

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Spring 2020 Trend: Waist Not

One school of fashion says that most women want clothes with a waist. Another school prefers to let loose, literally. That school made multiple compelling arguments for spring, as designers ruminated on new ways to deliver unfettered volume, for day and evening. Alluring looks ranged from oversize T-shirts to elaborate layerings.

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Lacoste RTW Spring 2020

“The players are ready. Position,” and with that, the second Lacoste collection by Louise Trotter hit the runway, corridors around Roland-Garros’ brand-new Simonne Mathieu court, an ultra-modern installation nestled in the greenery of the Serres d’Auteuil botanical gardens. But the venue, where the brand had surprisingly never shown despite historic links with the sporting complex, wasn’t the only opposing pair offered by the tennis-centric brand this season.
For this iteration, the incumbent designer explored what she called the brand’s “aristocratic yet quite street” identity. “I wanted to try and address the nostalgia people feel toward Lacoste, with a contemporary lens,” she said backstage. Sporty pieces were cut from butter-soft leathers or silks. On others, Trotter demonstrated her deft tailoring hand, cutting a double-breasted suit in soft pink. Shown in succession on a female and then male models, it reinforced the idea that very little, if any, of the lineup was gender-specific — not even floor-skimming polo shirts and skirts that nodded to the Japanese hakama in their pleating and proportions.
To ground her work in the here-and-now, she tweaked proportions on house signatures. Mercerised or heavier yarns were used to produce oversize piqué. Widened cuffs and ribbing details were given pride of

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Equipment RTW Spring 2020

Equipment continued to expand its offering for spring, with utilitarian and archival details and a watercolor palette coming together in a lineup inspired by Marrakech. There was an expanded range of dresses, some directly derived from the brand’s shirting heritage, others with more feminine wrap shapes and done in animal or floral prints.
Elevated basics presented more masculine lines, as on a cropped military shirtdress in beige or cilantro leather shorts and matching army sweater, which rubbed shoulders with more statement pieces, like a viscose twill jumpsuit in fuchsia and red.

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Louis Vuitton RTW Spring 2020

Closing Paris Fashion Week can be a double-edged sword. In theory, the Louis Vuitton show is the star-studded, spectacular apotheosis to a month of runway shows in four capitals. In practice, weary fashion editors are anxiously eyeing the clock to gauge if they will make their plane or train back home.
It didn’t help that the Vuitton show this season started an hour later than usual, just after the sun set on the plastic tent erected in the courtyard of the Louvre. The brand wanted to maximize the impact of the music video that played on a giant screen that stretched the entire width of the catwalk.
Looming over the audience was transgender singer Sophie Xeon, known simply as Sophie, performing an extended version of her 2017 track “It’s Okay to Cry.” Somewhat surreally, models emerged from a door set in the middle of the performer’s chest.
Nicolas Ghesquière has been flirting with gender fluidity for several seasons, having cast androgynous models including Krow Kian in his spring show a year ago, and subsequently tapped transgender actress Indya Moore to star in his pre-fall look book and act as Instagram “host” for Vuitton’s fall show.
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Maticevski RTW Spring 2020

For Australian designer Toni Maticevski, designing around a theme is no longer working out. “It’s really weird. I’ve stopped trying to figure it out,” he said ruefully during a showroom appointment. What he thought about instead: how good a spring morning feels — clear skies, bright light and the scent of dew-saturated earth.
He embodied the latter as touches of sheen or darker tones; the bright light in flattering pinky-beiges, and the breeze in fabrics meant to obscure without hiding the skin. Given his proclivity for architectural draping, the result could have easily felt too formal. Here, his sculptural approach was reined in by softer fabrics and felt more relatable, especially with new daywear options.
Among the standouts: A light gray striped dress looked blowsy, while soft tuffs dotting white gauze fabric evoked sun-dappled surfaces. A jersey T-shirt gave an editor-off-duty look to a pencil skirt. The soft hand of a silk blend made a top and matching trousers skew more relaxed but still smart.
The lighter materials of the collection made tailored pieces stand out. A double-breasted blazer felt at once familiar and fresh, while a check overcoat toed the line between sporty and statement thanks to its kimono-inspired proportions. “My idea of

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Capucci RTW Spring 2020

For their second season at storied Rome house Capucci, Luisa Orsini and Antonine Peduzzi played with optical effects, using iridescent fabrics that change color in the light and working them into designs that can be worn in different ways to create volume.
Mikado silks were taken from Capucci’s archives, recycled into modernized cocktail separates in color-blocked brights. A cropped waistcoat in lilac silk was adorned with glow-in-the-dark beads, intended to evoke a rosary, and worn with high-waisted white pants.
A handmade black devoré gown and plissé silk dresses — orange or red, burgundy or green, depending on the light — in one-shouldered or bell-sleeved iterations nodded to the house’s couture heritage, a link the designers are keen to cultivate as they seek to modernize the label without neglecting its rich history.
Wide-brimmed “visiere” hats, adorned with beaded fringing or giant bows, added to the updated vintage feel of the collection.

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Martin Grant RTW Spring 2020

“It’s a little bit ‘workwear meets Bubblegum Barbie,’” said Martin Grant, by way of introducing his spring collection. That’s some statement, coming from a designer famous for dressing style icons like Cate Blanchett and Meghan Markle.
Grant was referring specifically to a blue belted shirtdress with safari pockets that he’d paired with pink heels, but there were plenty of other playful options in his spring collection: a sexy pink halterneck minidress; cross-back bra tops, and a navy linen zip-front, hourglass bustier dress.
They tipped his trademark masculine-feminine dynamic into flirtier territory. Even the suits had a softer edge this season, courtesy of a slightly Eighties-feeling curved, cropped pant shape. Grant emphasized the waist by belting everything from oversize shirts to a flowing one-shouldered pink taffeta evening gown.
He also used the taffeta for a puff-sleeved shirt, noting that the fabric was made by a French company that historically supplied haute couture houses. “It’s one of the first pinks that I used when I moved to Paris, and it’s called ‘Paris.’ I like also that I can go back to a house that I used 15 years ago and have that exact color,” he mused.
Bubblegum Barbie just got a couture makeover.

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Maison Rabih Kayrouz RTW Spring/Summer 2020

UPDATED: Maison Rabih Kayrouz showed its new summer 2020 during Paris Fashion Week.
“The whole Maison Rabih Kayrouz universe is presented once during the July show, and then sold in three stages: ‘Acte 1’ during couture, and the second part is sold now, for two ready-to-wear deliveries,” said the Paris-based couturier at a presentation for “Acte 2,” the summer delivery of his spring/summer 2020 collection, explaining that this also fit a commercial logic for the brand.
In this second rtw, he concentrated on giving his client ease of movement, and “lightness by all means” befitting the warmest summer days. Crisp white cotton was cut in generous shirt dresses that could be worn belted or not; tiered dresses were adorned with openwork details that nodded to a couture bridal look, or blouses decked in gold buttons — a nod to his buttons but also to Bedouin garments.
Expanding on the stripe theme, he reprised easy shapes in silk charmeuse or in stripes of primary colors. Construction remained simple, with garments based on simple shapes of T-shirts that grew into dresses, shirts with a pin-tucked ruffle outlining the shoulders or even rectangles of fabric that echoed Grecian garments. Complexity came in touches like a

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Mary Katrantzou Spring 2020

Mary Katrtantzou set the bar high for her spring 2020 show — a little too high, some would say.
Just like she managed to make the impossible possible when it came to securing her dream show venue – the historic Temple of Poseidon in Athens – the Greek-born designer delivered a standout couture collection that was bursting with emotion, ideas and elevated construction techniques.
It was admirable that she was able to execute everything at such scale, on a tight budget and with a small team at her north London atelier. Her talent, conviction – and many a sleepless night – certainly paid off.
The collection consisted of 30 looks, each exploring a different couture technique and conceptualizing a philosophical idea birthed in Greece at the same time as the temple of Poseidon was built, in 440 B.C.
The first model – in a sequinned and fringed column gown with a quote from Socrates embroidered on it – made her way down the runway against the ancient ruins, sending a frisson through the crowd. The dim lighting and eerie music added to the electricity in the space.
What followed was an explosion of creativity, with Katrantzou paying homage to her country’s history – and writing a new

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