Ones to Watch: Carine Gilson

Carine Gilson has extended the rigorous production methods and codes of her namesake lingerie label into an eveningwear capsule, Flora. Produced by hand in her Belgian atelier, the collection includes riffs on house signatures like the bustier, the kimono, and mixes of Caudry lace and Lyon silk. Gilson, who will soon be celebrating the 30th […]

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Ones to Watch: Anton Belinskiy

Anton Belinskiy is in more of a soul-searching, spiritual mood for spring 2019, with his first coed show and debut slot on the official Paris schedule. “For me, it means taking things to the next level. It’s an incredible opportunity that brings maximum visibility,” said Belinskiy, who used religion as the starting point of the […]

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Huda Beauty Said to Be Adding Subbrands

Huda Beauty is not only launching fragrance — they’re launching a new business model, WWD has learned. The business is said to be releasing a collection of four fragrances that sisters Huda and Mona Kattan, who frequently post about fragrance on social media, worked on in conjunction with fragrance house Firmenich. The collection has notes […]

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Echo Brand Celebrates 95 Years of Business With Event at Bloomingdale’s

“We now have three generations of family members working side by side every day from 29 years old to almost 90,” said Steven Roberts, chief executive officer and chief innovation officer of Echo Design Group. “I think we have as much passion for the business today as we have ever had.” This year, the family-owned […]

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Paris Scene: What’s New to Do

THE LIGHT TOUCH: Forte Forte’s new Paris store is an eye-catcher. Light and airy, it draws people off the street and down a few steps — in sparkling granite and polished pink onyx. Brushed brass tubing permeates the space, used for lighting, clothes racks and Bauhaus-inspired mirrored screens. Slabs of rough granite are pieced together […]

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Seth Meyers On Rod Rosenstein: ‘Don’t Make Jokes! Jokes Are Broken Now!’

“So we’re at the brink of a constitutional crisis because no one could tell if Rod Rosenstein was joking or not,” the “Late Night” host says. Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/seth-meyers-rod-rosenstein-dont-make-jokes_us_5ba995e9e4b069d5f9d5c32d       

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Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Exposes A Key Part Of Brett Kavanaugh’s Defense

This is not the alibi the Supreme Court nominee was hoping for. Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-colbert-brett-kavanaugh-journals_us_5ba99062e4b0181540dfea68       

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Trevor Noah Has A Problem With ‘Breaking News’ On Rod Rosenstein

Sometimes the news is downright confusing. Is the deputy attorney general fired, and can he beat Jordan? Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trevor-noah-problem-breaking-news-rod-rosenstein_us_5ba9866ee4b0375f8f9fdf57       

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Kim Kardashian’s Daughter Makes Her Debut on the Runway — and She Walks Like a Pro

Kim Kardashian’s 5-year-old daughter North West made her runway debut alongside a bevy of her friends at the L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Show in Pacific Palisades, Calif., last week on Saturday. The first child of Kanye West and Kardashian made waves as she strutted her stuff down the catwalk in a look-inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” […]

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Weezer’s ‘Africa’ Video Has Weird Al As Rivers Cuomo In A ‘Sweater Song’ Parody

There’s a lot going on here, and we dig it. Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/weezer-africa-video-weird-al-rivers-cuomo-sweater-song-parody_us_5ba9499be4b0375f8f9fb1d3       

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This Was Milan Fashion Week’s Biggest Trend For Spring 2019

Pantone has yet to release its color palette for 2019, but come next month, we’re betting that one of them will include a highlighter hue. A number of brands showed extreme neon looks at Milan Fashion Week, from head to toe, igniting the trend forecasting that blindingly bright colors will be the big trend for […]

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Tuberculosis Rates In England Have Dropped – But The Poorest In Society Are Still At Risk

By Natasha Hinde Tuberculosis (TB) rates in England have dropped to the lowest level since 1990, raising the hope among the medical community that it could soon be consigned to the history books – along with the likes of polio and smallpox. The infectious disease usually affects the lungs, but can affect other parts of […]

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Co-op Staff Demand End To ‘1-On-1’ Shifts Where They Can Face Armed Robberies, Abuse And Thieves Alone

By Sara C Nelson Thousands of Co-op staff are demanding an end to shifts which leave them occasionally having to deal with drunk customers, shoplifters and armed robberies – alone. The so-called 1-on-1 shifts operate with two staff members on duty in the store, which can on occasion see one worker left on the shop […]

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How Nike Can Best Leverage Tiger Woods’ Big Comeback Win

Tiger Woods’ win Sunday at the 2018 Tour Championship is his first victory in five years. And industry insiders believe Nike has several ways it can leverage the golf icon’s latest achievement. Matt Powell, senior industry advisor for sports with The NPD Group Inc., believes the Swoosh would best be served by using Woods to […]

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The Future Looks Bright for Gucci Spring 2019

For anyone doubting that spring 2019 will be full of neons and other bright colors, Gucci just confirmed it. The Italian fashion house held its spring ’19 runway show on Monday, the first day of Paris Fashion Week, opting to show in the French city instead of during its usual time slot at Milan Fashion […]

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Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Theresa May To Tell Iranian President

By Graeme Demianyk Theresa May will make a personal plea for the release of a jailed charity worker in Tehran during talks with Iran’s president. The Prime Minister will raise “serious concerns” about the detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and urge Hassan Rouhani to free her on humanitarian grounds. The British-Iranian mother was sentenced to five […]

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‘Non-Voters Anonymous’ Is A Safe Space To Realize You Seriously Need To Vote

Billy Eichner, Mandy Moore and Kumail Nanjiani say it’s OK if you haven’t voted before — but you need to now. Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/funny-or-die-non-voters-anonymous-bily-eichner-kumail-nanjiani-mandy-moore_us_5ba93a5ee4b069d5f9d57966       

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Labour Set To Vote Against Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, Keir Starmer To Confirm

By Ned Simons Labour is set to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Keir Starmer will confirm on Tuesday. It comes as a poll for HuffPost UK found twice as many voters preferred a Canada-style free trade deal to the prime minister’s Chequers proposal. The shadow Brexit secretary will tell Labour’s conference in Liverpool that […]

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Comfort meets style with #MANO sneakers

By Anna Katina Comfort meets style Hello my friends! As you can see, I try to write more often again! This is my second article this month, whoop! Last week, I introduced you the fair fashion store Akabo, this week I would like to talk about some sneakers… not any sneakers but THE sneakers I […]

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Let’s talk fair fashion!

By Anna Katina FAIR FASHION IN LUXEMBOURG – Introducing AKABO BUTTéck Hello my friends! I hope you’re all doing great! I’m currently in the middle of the wedding marathon (and I love it!!). Soon I’ll be in Croatia and Cuba! (Cameras all ready !!). I didn’t write about Tokyo yet and I think about it […]

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Spotted in Luxcity – The Place!

THE PLACE (to be!) Hello my friends! I hope you are doing great, Spring is finally here, for real! Whoop! So, full of Spring vibes, I decided to present you a new fashion spot in Luxembourg City. Maybe you know this store already? The name is The Place and it has opened a few months […]

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Carine Gilson has extended the rigorous production methods and codes of her namesake lingerie label into an eveningwear capsule, Flora. Produced by hand in her Belgian atelier, the collection includes riffs on house signatures like the bustier, the kimono, and mixes of Caudry lace and Lyon silk. Gilson, who will soon be celebrating the 30th anniversary of her label, said she'd been mulling the line for a while, as a new expression of savoir-faire. Each piece takes two full days to produce, involving eight different steps. Styles include a kimono that flips to transform into an evening dress, wide flowing pants in imperial crepe, lace blouses that can be layered over silk blouses, and evening caftans and coats. A giant hand-embroidered flower adorns certain looks. White is the common thread of a palette intermixing black, acacia and lilac. Prices start at 600 euros for a top and cap at around 5,000 euros for an evening dress. Gilson will present the collection in her renovated Paris boutique on Rue de Grenelle on Sept. 28. A selection of pieces are already available in the designer's new concept store in Brussels. Bergdorf Goodman has already picked up a selection of pieces for its Noir space, Gilson said. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Anton Belinskiy is in more of a soul-searching, spiritual mood for spring 2019, with his first coed show and debut slot on the official Paris schedule. “For me, it means taking things to the next level. It's an incredible opportunity that brings maximum visibility,” said Belinskiy, who used religion as the starting point of the collection, with nods to a range of faiths including Greek Orthodox and Buddhism. The designer — an emissary of post-Soviet streetwear cool who was a finalist of the LVMH Prize in 2015 and showed as part of VFiles in February 2016 — will show on Oct. 2 in the foyer of the Palais de Tokyo. Local artist Vova Vorotniov collaborated on the new collection, which uses a palette inspired by “human auras” and features new material mixes, combining sportswear with luxe fabrics like a chiffon made from vintage silk. The lineup will include new denim items as well as reworked blasts from the past. Things will be less charged and colorful than usual — “my take on minimalism,” said Belinskiy, who counts early Prada among his key influences. Describing the situation in his native Ukraine, since the revolution in 2014, as “still complex and challenging,” Belinskiy is part of a creative community inFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — In his short fashion life, Kévin Germanier has managed to carve out a niche for a glittering, digitalized, hyperfeminine take on sustainable fashion. Next up, for spring 2019, the wunderkind Swiss designer is stepping out with a footwear capsule designed in collaboration with Christian Louboutin. Germanier at his presentation today will show eight pairs of shoes, including colored stilettos with caviar beading and high boots, made from leather leftovers or reworked stock provided by Louboutin. A pair of heels from the capsule. Courtesy The hook-up is bound to intensify the buzz around the rising talent, fresh from presenting a capsule for Matchesfashion.com at London Fashion Week. Despite only one official collection under his belt, Björk and Lady Gaga have already commissioned show costumes from Germanier, aged 26, who developed his magpie penchant for sparkle and resourceful instincts while studying fashion at London's Central Saint Martins. “I feel super blessed. I didn't assume that people would be ready for this. It was — and still is — the time of Vetements, and things like fast fashion, and then I arrive with the most glamorous collection made from trash,” quipped Germanier during an interview with WWD here in the run-up to his presentation. Attending the school provedFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Personal expression is the raison d'être of Artica Arbox, a unisex, progressive ready-to-wear brand launching on Sept. 28 here. “I love fashion and everything it can stand for, but I came to a point in my life where I suddenly found I couldn't really identify with many of the current brands,” said Irene Roth, founder and creative director of the buzzy label that boasts former Yeezy chief executive officer Cristiano Minchio at its helm. The brand takes its name from the monikers Roth's young sons invented for each other when playing superheroes. Roth, who is based in Los Angeles, met Minchio, whose former roles also include chief executive officer for America at Vivienne Westwood, in January. The pair clicked, and decided to launch a fashion brand together. The timing was perfect for Minchio, who had been working at Yeezy since 2016 and was aiming to move back to Europe. “I've found that in fashion, 99 percent of business is done in Europe,” he explained. Roth heads a design team of 10 in L.A., while Minchio, who has just relocated to Verona, Italy, travels between the brand's atelier in Florence and its showrooms in Milan and Paris. “We've assembled a team of experienced designers from famousFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
“Hi-tech always sounds so serious, I wanted to do something light,” said Mikio Sakabe, founder of Giddy Up, a new Japanese label combining classic techniques with special hi-tech materials to create a new high fashion experience. “Hi-tech trends tend to be associated with experimental design, but our focus is more on smoothly connecting people's lives,” continued Sakabe, who together with designer Yusuke Hotchi developed the label's first cutting-edge collection in collaboration with Japanese internet giant and 3-D printing specialist DMM. The label will stage a catwalk show on Sept. 25 at the Couvent des Récollets, featuring around 30 silhouettes including a sprinkling of men's looks. The decision to show in Paris, he explained, fitted with the desire to position the label as a high fashion brand. The brand logo will flash up as a hologram on the garments and sneakers, with the direction centered on a mix of sportswear and tailoring basics. “The aim is not to be too extreme [in the hi-tech innovation], for it to be wearable,” he said. “I want to create the feeling of zero gravity,” added Sakabe of the sneakers: an explosion of color combining seamless knitted uppers with 3-D-printed soles. Garments will feature landscape prints, patchworks of colored sneaker fabric,Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. appears to be taking a major step to becoming a global luxury fashion group with its purported deal to buy Versace for about 2 billion euros. And if Kors follows its usual playbook, the focus in growing the iconic Italian brand will be on accessories. The deal could close as early as today, sources said. The Versace family will maintain a role in the company, sources said, although it could not immediately be learned what will be the exact nature of their involvement. Kors buying Versace confirms a report in WWD Monday that the Italian fashion brand was close to being acquired by the American fashion house, which generated $4.97 billion in revenues last year. The stock market didn't react well to reports of an impending deal, with Kors shares closing Monday at $66.71, down 8.23 percent. Versace is run by Donatella Versace, creative director, and her brother Santo Versace, chairman, who own 20 percent and 30 percent of the firm, respectively. According to sources, the private equity firm Blackstone, which owns 20 percent of Versace, is planning to sell its stake in the deal. The remainder of the company is owned by Allegra Versace Beck, Donatella's daughter and the nieceFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — After 12 years designing the children's line for luxury Parisian retailer Bonpoint, Christine Innamorato decided to finally satisfy a recurring demand from her clients. “All of them, across all nationalities, kept saying the same thing,” said the French designer, who had her own namesake women's wear line until a year and a half ago: “‘I want the same item in an adult version.'” Cue Bonpoint Paris, the brand's new women's wear line set to be unveiled at the Hôtel de Brancas on Oct. 1 following a soft launch for fall 2018. The collection, which will be presented alongside the launch of the house's latest fragrance, is more than just a “grown-up” version of the children's wear line. “Even if some pieces are the same style, obviously the fit isn't the same,” said Innamorato, adding that the studio hired an additional pattern-cutter for the line. “The fabrication is tailored specifically for women.” A cream viscose tuxedo is available in both child and adult versions, as is a delicate striped cotton poplin shirt. Quality materials are at the core of the Bonpoint universe. “I like noble textiles, such as beautiful poplin, cashmere, cotton, leather,” Innamorato said. “You can't cheat with children: If a pair ofFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Watch the Gucci Spring/Summer 2019 Paris Fashion Week Show live on WWD on Monday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. is adding some Italian flair. Sources confirmed Kors is close to buying Versace for about 2 billion euros, a deal that is expected to close this week. The Versace family will maintain a role in the company, the sources said, although it could not immediately be learned what will be the exact nature of their involvement. Kors buying Versace confirms a report in WWD today that the Italian fashion house was in talks about being acquired, with the American brand being among the names seen as a possibility. The stock market didn't react well to reports of an impending deal, with Kors shares trading at $66.11 at 11 a.m., down 9 percent. Versace is run by Donatella Versace, creative director, and her brother Santo Versace, chairman, who own 20 percent and 30 percent of the firm, respectively. According to sources, the private equity firm Blackstone, which owns 20 percent of Versace, is planning to sell its stake in the deal.The remainder of the company is owned by Allegra Versace Beck, Donatella's daughter and the niece of the late house's founder, Gianni Versace. The company posted revenue of 686 million euros in 2016 and returned to profitability in 2017. The potential Versace acquisitionFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is applying its formidable finances and management might to revive the dormant Jean Patou fashion house, WWD has learned. Sidney Toledano, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Fashion Group, is spearheading the project and has already selected and signed on a designer to lead it: Guillaume Henry. Last March, Henry exited Nina Ricci and he is said to be passionate about the legacy of Patou, a French designer who brought modernity and buzz to fashion in the Twenties — and innovated in business with fragrances, logos and sport clothes. LVMH is now in the throes of building teams around Henry with a view to launching the first collection of ready-to-wear and accessories in the second half of 2019. It is understood the group views Patou as something of a niche, rarified name — and not its next megabrand. Consequently, LVMH will likely start with a single boutique, most likely in Paris, along with e-commerce and select wholesale partners. The relaunch suggests the world's largest luxury group is anticipating an easing of the streetwear craze, and a swing of the fashion pendulum back to sophisticated chic. Afternoon Dress in Crepe De Chine by Jean Patou, 1926. Historia/REX/Shutterstock Toledano confirmed hiring Henry exclusively toFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
BEIJING — Shanghai's rainstorms paid no regard to whether Diesel had planned its “Hate Couture” party. On Thursday evening, the downpour continued as a capsule collection designed by South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in was shown on a grassy outdoor runway, feting of the launch of the Diesel store on Tmall. A fleet of clear umbrellas were at the ready at the venue for the night, the historic Taiyuan Villa. Coiffed hair and carefully styled outfits on guests turned soggy, but smiles and laughs also erupted in the front row. If anything, the night — which was all about reclaiming negativity and turning it into something positive, per their recent campaign — worked a little bit better because of it. “Sitting in the rain and enjoying the show despite the difficult conditions. I'm not sure that it could have been the same in the western world,” said Giovanni Pungetti, greater China chief executive officer of OTB Group, which owns Diesel and the likes of Marni and Maison Martin Margiela. “With other brands, they would have maybe a different reaction,” he added, but the Italian label has always had a bit of grittiness about it, a bit of rebel — “a wet rock and roll.” While someFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — The Sonia Rykiel show in Paris on Sept. 29 promises to stop traffic, quite literally. The city has agreed to block circulation on a stretch of Boulevard Raspail on a Saturday night for the open-air show, which is set to kick off with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveiling a plaque renaming the central alley of the boulevard after the flame-haired designer, who died in 2014 at the age of 86. It coincides with the house's 50th anniversary and is the result of a two-year effort by Nathalie Rykiel, who wanted her mother to have a permanent memorial in the neighborhood that she embodied for legions of women inspired by her charismatic personality and revolutionary designs. “I absolutely wanted a place in Paris on the Left Bank to bear Sonia's name. It felt like something important, symbolic, that reflected who she was, and City Hall was extremely supportive of the idea,” Rykiel told WWD. “What's beautiful is that it ties her name to Paris forever.” The Allée Sonia Rykiel, which sits between the Rue du Cherche-Midi and the Rue de Rennes, is a stone's throw from where Rykiel lived and worked. “It was absolutely the ideal spot. On top of that, it's whereFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — Eliana Gil Rodriguez is taking a very measured approach to her new fashion label in a bid to perhaps counter social media's impact on the industry. Gil Rodriguez, a former American Apparel designer, earlier this year launched her namesake line with an eye on closet essentials, focusing on an edited release for the market. A one-piece swimsuit, retailing for $250, is her top-selling item at the moment. “I've been designing for a really long time,” she said. “I was at American Apparel for almost a decade. Basics was in my blood, you could say. I really grew up around it. I'd been wanting to start a line for a few years but was feeling absolutely disenchanted about what was going on in fashion. We were learning so much about our impact on the environment, but fashion was getting faster and faster and faster to keep up with the cadence of social media. So I took a break to work on other projects and did some consulting.” That time away, she said, made her realize what was missing in the marketplace. “I kind of realized with American Apparel's decline and just the marketplace in general I was having a hard time finding basics,”Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Sara Moylan, who founded Shefit in 2013, met Jeffry Aronsson two years ago. Aronsson, who has held chief executive officer posts at brands including Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, was speaking at a fashion talk in Detroit, his hometown, when an eager Moylan pitched him her idea: a fully adjustable sports bra. As a competitor on the fitness circuit, Moylan had trouble finding sports bras, which represent a $3.5 billion dollar industry in the U.S., that fit her. She decided to make one herself by gluing and sewing fabric together — they would fall apart in the wash — but she eventually partnered with a local seamstress in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Shefit is based, to develop what she envisioned. The patented Shefit Ultimate Sports bra, which retails for $67, allows wearers to adjust the bra to whatever support level they need. With velcro closures, the bust band can be loosened or tightened up to eight inches while the shoulder straps offer 15 inches of adjustability. The bra also has a magnetic zipper closure, making it easy to get on and off, and compression and encapsulation that prevents uniboob. It accommodates cup sizes A through I with sizesFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — Camille Charrière has been a pioneer of blogging platforms and social media from the get-go. But as the influencer market becomes more and more saturated, she has been experimenting with ways to cultivate her voice and shine a spotlight on behind-the-scenes stories that often get forgotten in the fast-paced world of Instagram. Her first project came in the form of the podcast “Fashion No Filter,” hosted alongside the writer and fellow influencer Monica Ainley. The duo readily took on the challenge of producing in-depth discussions about fashion by stripping away the visuals and encouraging their listeners to flex their imagination muscles. The result was a series of humorous audios that discussed topics ranging from sustainability to the street-style phenomenon and feminism, with the likes of Roksanda Ilincic, Caroline de Maigret and Chloé president Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye taking part. Building on the success of the podcast, Ainley and Charrière went on to produce a documentary with French TV channel Paris Premier that will make its debut on Sunday and examine all things style and fashion through a tongue-in-cheek compare-and-contrast exercise of the British and French fashion capitals. Here Charrière, who is already plotting season two of “Fashion No Filter” and moreFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
A look at the standout trends from Coterie, Capsule, Cabana and Woman. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
The 26-foot hydraulically activated “Hand of Man” and the Cosplay Contest will get their share of attention at this weekend's World Maker Faire in Queens. Attendees may also be surprised to find the Future of Fashion Show, showcasing 3-D printed clothing, wearables and pioneering clothing. As the East Coast's largest showcase for tech and innovation, the event will have 600-plus projects on display at the New York Hall of Science Saturday and Sunday. The style-minded will find models hitting the stage in the main NYSCI auditorium Saturday at 5 p.m. Presented by ThreeForm Fashion, a label that specializes in 3-D scanning and 3-D printing, the show will feature an assortment of on-the-rise companies. Katya Lee & the Space Force; Heisel; Tracy Belben; SciChic; Stephania Stefanakou; Zoa Chimerum; Emiko Shinozaki; Adrienne Sack; Erin Winick; WearWorks; and Spring & Wonder jewelry are among the labels that will be in the show. Several of the participants have been upstarts in different fields. Designer Lee, for example, was the lead singer for the pop band Hi-Fi and later Fabrika. As a solo artist she is blending AI, fashion design and music. For this weekend's runway, she has created “clothes and space suits for those who travel throughFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — The route from real estate development to fashion can actually be linear, as was the case for N:Philanthropy founder and chief executive officer Yvonne Niami. The brand, based out of Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood, started in 2014 and is distributed in more than 450 doors, including boutiques, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Revolve, Carbon38 and Equinox. The company in December launched men's, recently opened a West Coast showroom in downtown L.A. to have sales teams on both coasts and launched hair-care products with plans next year to expand that line and open its first store, likely in Manhattan's SoHo. The brand, largely known for its contemporary aesthetic applied to comfy T-shirts, joggers in vegan leather and jersey, jumpsuits, sweatshirts and other basics, gives back 10 percent of net proceeds to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — hence the impetus for the label's name. Its rise has also been aided by celebrities — such as Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Selena Gomez, Kate Hudson, Ashley Graham and Zendaya, among others — spotted sporting the label. The company started with three employees and is up to 12. It remains privately held, funded entirelyFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
It's hard to rework a classic, but brands are increasingly dipping their toes in more fashion-forward denim offerings. While five-pocket denim bottoms are hardly going anywhere, designers are experimenting with everything from different denim fabrications to departures in silhouettes running the gamut from outerwear and overalls to dresses and skirts. Anaheim, Calif.-based retailer PacSun made a big push for fall with a campaign focused on denim that played up “Mom” fits, slimmer legs for men, embroidery, side-stripe detailing and distressed details for back-to-school. There's Unpublished, a Los Angeles brand that launched roughly a year ago as an affordable contemporary denim label. The company's seen success in pieces such as a quilted denim bomber jacket, pleated skirt and dress, with a particularly high demand among consumers for the company's jackets range. “I personally love using denim in unexpected silhouettes and try to fit it in our collections whenever I can,” said Unpublished creative director Ya-El Torbati. “This usually happens when I find a denim fabrication that really calls for it.” Torbati went on to say Unpublished's more fashionable denim business does well and that may be due to designs she called “classics with a twist,” such as piecing. Editors and others have responded favorably to alternative usesFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Picking up from a few looks teased in February on the fall runway, Fendi is rolling out a capsule collection based on the Fendi/Fila logo created by Instagram artist @hey_reilly. Called Fendi Mania, the capsule will hit stores on Oct. 16 with special events planned for New York, Beverly Hills, Paris, London, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Kuwait. “We are obsessed with Fendi and we want to share this obsession,” said chief executive officer Serge Brunschwig with a laugh. “The mania started with the fall show, but now it's a more expansive and important capsule targeting men, women and children [ages three to 12], all together for the first time.” Brunschwig, who joined Fendi in February from Dior Homme, succeeding Pietro Beccari, said that after the FF Reloaded project and the brand's revisitation of the FF logo, Mania was “an interesting way to express the Fendi identity. It's a very luxurious collection, very creative and with plenty of our fur.” The bold Fendi Mania logo appears in two color combinations, red with blue and yellow with white, also with graphic diagonal stripes and is combined with the FF logo on precious mink coats and reversible bombers. The Fendi Mania logo alsoFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
COTERIE: Brand: H-ology Designer and founder: Heezu Hwang Background: A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Hwang has held design positions at Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and G-III (Calvin Klein, Andrew Marc, Marc New York). She has designed handbags for the U.S. Polo Association, Carlos Falchi, CXL by Christian Lacroix and Catherine Malandrino, as well as Be & D. She launched her own handbag label in February. Inspiration: “My inspiration is happiness,” said Hwang. She is offering two-sided leather clutches with two zippers, two-sided leather bags, and a camel cross-body cyclinder shape, which is easy and lightweight. A bestseller has been a square bag with flame handle. Prices: Wholesale prices range from $90 to $200. Brand: MA X 7 Fam, the 7 for All Mankind collaboration with Marques'Almedia Designer: The Los Angeles denim company is doing a collaboration with Portuguese designers Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques'Almeida. Seven's women's designer is Jennifer Garcia and the design director for women's is Larissa Noble. Background: Marques and Almeida met while studying at Portugal's CITEX fashion school and moved together to London to intern respectively at Vivienne Westwood and Preen. They also studied at Central Saint Martins and presented their final collection together. Marques'Almeida won the Emerging Womenswear Designer atFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN – “It's going to be full of surprises,” Livia Firth teased on Wednesday, speaking of the upcoming second edition of the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italia event, which will close Milan Fashion Week on Sept. 23. That said, Firth, founder of Eco-Age, and Carlo Capasa, president of the Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda, did reveal that Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Cindy Crawford, Armie Hammer as well as Colin Firth will attend the event at the La Scala theater. This is not a superficial step for them, contended Firth. “They come because they believe in it, and by being here they give an important message.” The press conference to discuss the next edition of the awards was held at La Scala and the square in front of the theater already showed some signs of the green backdrop organizers are setting up for the event, with an installation overseen by Vogue International editor at large Hamish Bowles. The square in front of La Scala and the event's installation. Courtesy Image Fourteen awards that will “recognize the value of craftsmanship and the human hand” will be handed out that evening, said Firth. “Each winner proves how the pipeline can be improved in a more respectful way, showing howFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
On the eve of Milan Fashion Week, performance apparel company Colmar unveiled its collaboration with American designer Shayne Oliver with a party filled with fake snow, held Tuesday night at the Arco Della Pace venue here. The collaboration between Oliver and Colmar falls under the sportswear company's A.G.E. project, which stands for Advanced Garment Exploration. The company plans to conscript designers and other creative types to give its heritage with a contemporary take. Oliver's capsule collection comprises three different drops. While the first delivery — priced at between 500 euros and 2,200 euros — is already available at six locations worldwide including Browns in London, I.T. in Hong Kong, New York's Totokaelo, Gr8 in Tokyo, Milan's Excelsior and online at Ssense, the second drop is slated to hit retail in December. Colmar chief executive officer Giulio Colombo said a third capsule is expected for fall 2019. “I do like to be subversive, … I do think that people are spending a lot of money on really basic, normal clothes and I wanted to add a bit of design,” said Oliver. And so he did, giving Colmar's signature outerwear pieces exaggerated proportions, at times layering them or transforming them into capes and trimmed withFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
RISING UP: Among the rising stars at the British Fashion Council's Discovery Lab were Asian designers who either studied in the U.K. or crossed the globe to present their brand in the country for the first time. The most notable names at this London Fashion Week showcase were Maarknull and Underage, whose collections were steeped in nostalgic street and club references, but with an eye on the future. Marrknull meshed the athletic wear worn by school kids in China with traditional Chinese clothes. It dismantled stereotypes and created a fresh aesthetic. Among the collection's highlights was the baseball jacket qipao, which reimagined an army green satin bomber jacket into a qipao dress silhouette, and a track jacket layered with a mesh fisherman's vest. London-based Chinese designer Ying Shen of Underage looked to the Club Kids of the late Eighties and early Nineties for her spring 2019 collection. It featured distressed denim in various iterations, as well as boxy wool tweed jackets layered over floral and fringed skirts that were held up by leather harnesses. The collection felt a bit dystopian but wholly appropriate given today's political climate. Wesley Harriott's collection drew from the designer's neighborhood in Tottenham, London and from the women inFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
London's designers were in an extravagant mood for spring; Halpern, Matty Bovan and Mary Katrantzou were among those who accented their collections with sparkly, high-shine sequins, added crafty fringes on the hems of skirts and accessorized their looks with dramatic tulle veils. There was also a focus on revisiting and reworking classics, such as the Eighties power suit — as seen on Chalayan's deconstructed take on blazers — and the quintessentially British trench. And speaking of British traditions: designers didn't lose their sense of humor printing provocative slogans on T-shirts and sweatshirts in true punk fashion. Riccardo Tisci, who made his much-awaited debut at Burberry this season, embellished the brand's signature trenches with silky scarves while also poking fun at his famous Givenchy Bambi print. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
On Monday night at the National Portrait Gallery, British Fashion Council chief executive officer Caroline Rush revealed that the BFC and the Vogue Fashion Fund will continue working with Chinese online retailer JD.com to increase British designers' presence in China. Also unveiled was cross collaboration spearheaded by JD.com to sponsor three Chinese London-based designers to sell their collections on the e-tailer's JDesigner Boutique platform. Huishan Zhang, whose show this season was sponsored by the retailer; Xuzhi Chen; and Xiao Li will sell a selection from their collections on JDesigner Boutique, which launched in June. JDesigner Boutique targets a younger market, which is on the constant search for something unique and edgy. “When you look at the sales on our platform, we can see that young people are more into individualism and more niche products,” Xia Ding, president of International Fashion at JD, told WWD. “It's not looking at who is famous now, but who's in the pipeline and the next generation of designers. That's why we choose emerging designers, who are also selling very well.” Zhang is the most established of the trio, having launched his brand in 2011 and opened his London flagship last year. His romantic and feminine designs have garneredFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Movêtes is among a new crop of crossover collections that are putting sports in sportswear. Founded by personal trainer and avid golfer Maureen Carruthers in 2016, the women's ready-to-wear brand fills a white space in women's golf attire while appealing to non-golfers for easy, tailored pieces that travel well. The brand is distributed through 125 wholesale accounts ranging from women's wear boutiques to pro shops at elite country clubs, as well as trade shows such as Coterie, Stylemax, Capsule, PGA Merchandise and PGA Fashion. “I wasn't happy with my options at pro shops and figured other women felt the same way. Looks were dated and too sporty in overly bright colors, and they didn't work off the course,” said Carruthers, who lives between Jupiter, Fla., and New York, where her brand is almost entirely produced with fabrics sourced from Italy. “I needed pieces that could go from a game to dinner, or any event really, and that work for travel since I'm on a plane all the time.” The golf world gobbles it up. Julie Yang, LPGA's 2015 rookie of the year, and Golf Channel personalities Bailey Chamblee and Alexandra O'Laughlin are customers, while several female golfers who discovered the brand throughFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Chanel kicked off construction on the new site that will house its specialty ateliers in a ceremony with local politicians on Monday evening that underlined the rapid transformation of the working-class area north of Paris. Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion and president of Chanel SAS, laid the first brick of the building flanked by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, architect Rudy Ricciotti and a host of local officials. Due to be completed in 2020, the site will house most of the 26 specialty ateliers Chanel controls through its Paraffection subsidiary. With a surface of close to 275,000 square feet, the building near Porte d'Aubervilliers will house creative and production workshops in a striking structure covered in a concrete shell evoking threads. Through the project, Chanel hopes to contribute to the influence of Paris as the capital of fashion. “We aim to maintain and create jobs, and to preserve and nurture Parisian skills that are admired overseas. We also wish to allow French and international fashion houses to find here a creative buzz, an exceptional energy,” said Pavlovsky. “This future building is not designed just to welcome our specialty workshops and their clients. It will have the two-fold task of supporting French creation andFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Looking to bolster its retail and wholesale channels across the United States, Balmain, ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach, has cut the ribbon on a 2,220-square-foot Miami flagship located at Bal Harbour Shops. Next month will see the opening of a 1,555-square-foot Las Vegas boutique, set within a wing of the Wynn Plaza. Conceived by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing in partnership with three young architects from Paris' Studio AMV — Anna Philippou, Marie-Charlotte Prosperi-Fouchard and Victoire Guerlay — the interior design for both stores was based on the brand's Milan flagship, which opened in April. The direction channels the codes of the classic Parisian hôtel particulier while integrating hi-tech features, such as the My City of Lights virtual reality concept that debuted in Milan. A view of Balmain's Miami flagship. courtesy Massimo Piombini, chief executive officer of Balmain, spoke of “the strong bond between Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing and America.” Among what drew the brand to the respective cities, Miami is “a very important destination for the Latin American consumer — and Balmain has long been popular with that shopper, as well,” Piombini said. For Las Vegas, the main draw was the prime real estate: the Wynn Plaza, a new retail destination onFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS – The invitation to their last catwalk display, in mid-June here, read like a formal governmental notice in Germany. On a simple piece of paper, in black and white, it came signed and sealed, replete with a return address (in German) from “GmbH, the limited liability company.” “We play a lot with the German bureaucratic aesthetic and language,” Benjamin Alexander Huseby, a cofounder of the buzzy Berlin-based fashion brand GmbH, told WWD. “You are very used to [it] from very early on if you are an immigrant child in Germany,” added Serhat Isik, the label's other cofounder. He knows, as one himself. Isik, who is 30, is a first-generation German of Turkish descent. And 38-year-old Huseby, of Norwegian-Pakistani heritage, grew up in Norway. From their start in May 2016, cultural mixes and a sense of otherness have informed their brand, which sent down the runway for spring 2019 an exquisitely crafted collection dubbed “Survival Strategies.” The show included GmbH's first complete women's wear line, with 22 looks. Berlin shapes their approach, too. “It's almost like a cliché, but [the city] almost has a sort of anti-fashion attitude. It is more about other things — counter-culture and music, and youth-culture and art,” said Huseby. “WeFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]