• Anya Hindmarch RTW Spring 2018

    5 days ago - By WWD

    In a season where designers have been embracing the basics or escaping into lavish fantasy worlds, Anya Hindmarch chose to do both. She took suburbia as her theme and gave it a surreal lift, turning furniture into handbags and embellishing everyday clothing.
    Dreary old housecoats became colorful toppers made from shiny matelassé fabric. Some slid seductively off the shoulders while others had cutout details. There were hooded anorak styles, too, done in a mix of patterned matelassé and solid fabrics.
    Sequinned parrots perched on white cotton caftans, while halter dresses were covered in a...
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  • Ports 1961 RTW Spring 2018

    5 days ago - By WWD

    Ease and optimism permeated the Ports 1961 lineup, with its breezy shapes and upbeat colors. The label's creative director Nataša Čagalj said she wanted to play with ideas of “uniform, femininity, and masculinity,” imagining a woman spending a summer journeying through Europe.
    What stood out was Čagalj's feminine, fluid take on traditionally masculine silhouettes. A bottle green pantsuit was relaxed and softly tailored, while a canary yellow shirt dress had a swishing, pleated skirt. The designer also played with men's handkerchief prints, blowing up and abstracting checks on shirts...
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  • Mary Katrantzou RTW Spring 2018

    5 days ago - By WWD

    Escapism seems to be the reflex of London designers, who are serving up Crayola colors, Eighties music and loads of sparkle as antidotes to scary, confounding times.
    In a charming display, Mary Katrantzou projected signifiers of happy childhoods - from Lego blocks and Spirograph to inflatable armbands - into her intricate, couture-like constructions. While occasionally overcharged, the clothes made you smile.
    “We also did jelly shoes because they're really nostalgic to me - but made them into kitten heels,” she said backstage, pointing to boots that called to mind a fishnet market tote...
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  • Halpern RTW Spring 2018

    6 days ago - By WWD

    Designer Michael Halpern built on the hard-edged, shimmering brand of glamour that he debuted for fall 2017: He played with sculptural shapes and animal patterns, revealing and concealing the body via all manner of sparkling fabrics.
    There were stiff, three-dimensional strips of lurex that fanned out from a sequined dress in teal, and a snakeskin bomber jacket with poufy, voluminous sleeves worn over a slinky column dress. Alongside the thigh-skimming dresses and body-hugging jumpsuits, Halpern also ventured into pantsuits. But they were still high-octane, in fabrics such as a sequined...
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