Keith Haring x Lacoste Apparel and Accessories to Launch March 27

Lacoste is collaborating with the late artist Keith Haring’s artwork for a wide range of apparel and accessories for women, men and children. Haring, who died in 1990, was known for his Pop Art and graffiti-like work that grew out of the New York City street culture of the Eighties. Haring’s pop-infused designs will appear […]

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How Kith Brought Cool to Hudson Yards — Without Selling Any Streetwear at All

When New Yorkers and tourists descended on Hudson Yards, the megamall that opened on Manhattan’s West Side this past weekend, they weren’t just exposed to dozens of shopping options. They were, in fact, getting a taste of something else: cereal and ice cream from Kith Treats. As part of Snark Park, a robust exhibit space […]

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Adidas Releases a Color-Changing Sneaker That Reacts to Heat

Adidas Consortium has teamed with U.K.-based retailer End. for an update on the 2018 trail running model, the Terrex Agravic XT. Notably, the new iteration features Thermochromic color-changing technology, designed to let wearers know when they hit their peak performance. How exactly does it work? Thanks to heat-reflective paneling, the shoe will turn from black […]

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Rei Kawakubo to Be Presented With Isamu Noguchi Award

Rei Kawakubo will receive the 2019 Isamu Noguchi Award from the Noguchi Museum. The award, which will be presented at the museum’s annual benefit on May 2, is given to individuals who share Isamu Noguchi’s spirit of innovation, global consciousness and commitment to East-West cultural exchange. Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons and cofounder of […]

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A$AP Nast Reimagines a Converse Classic for His Latest Sneaker Collaboration

Following weeks of teasers, A$AP Nast has announced his brand-new sneaker collaboration with Converse. The 28-year-old rapper and model took to his Instagram to post a series of photos featuring the kicks and a worldwide release date: March 22. The A$AP Mob member has put his own spin on the classic Jack Purcell silhouette, which […]

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Giorgio Armani Designs Off-Field Uniforms for the Italian Soccer Team

MILAN — Giorgio Armani has unveiled on Monday a new partnership with the Italian Soccer Federation. In particular, the designer and the Italian sport institution have signed a four-year partnership that will see the country’s national soccer team wearing formal off-field Emporio Armani uniforms. Previously, the Armani company created the uniforms for the Italian national […]

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Running down that aisle: the unstoppable rise of wedding trainers

By Zoe Williams Jimmy Choo has a £500 metallic pair and Kate Spade has brought out a whole ‘bridal range’ of plimsolls. Finally, brides can walk down aisles like actual humans! Classically, the problem with wearing trainers to your own wedding would have been that they didn’t cost enough: nuptial economics dictate that everything has […]

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Supreme’s Newest Nike Air Tailwind IV Collaboration Is Releasing This Week

Following initial leaks that surfaced in January, Supreme has officially confirmed that its upcoming Nike collaboration — two colorways of the under-the-radar Air Tailwind IV model — is releasing this week. As part of the New York-based skate brand’s spring ’19 collection, the ’90s-era running shoe will be available in two iterations featuring premium leather […]

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Lady Gaga Dances Up a Storm With Her Hair Stylist at the 2019 Daily Front Row Fashion Awards

Lady Gaga seldom steps onto a red carpet without making a statement, and last night’s Daily Front Row Fashion Awards was no exception. The Grammy Award-winning starlet attended the awards held at the Beverly Hills Hotel to support her best friend and longtime hair stylist Frederic Aspiras. And when the two hit the red carpet, […]

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Pitti Uomo to Mount Retrospective Exhibit on 30 Years of Men’s Fashion

Pitti Uomo turns 30 this year. As an internationally renowned platform for men’s fashion for the past three decades, Pitti Immagine is mounting a retrospective exhibition on the subject conceived by fashion historian and art curator Olivier Saillard. The exhibition, called “Romanzo Breve di Moda Maschile [Brief Novel on Men’s Fashion], 1989-2019: Thirty Years of […]

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Dressedundressed RTW Fall 2019

Name: Dressedundressed Main message: Takeshi Kitazawa’s spring presentation was part runway show, part performance art, with models emerging on the runway in pairs before engaging in various interactions in front of a simple set: drinking a cup of water, swapping jackets, cutting open a feather pillow, or one presenting the other with a piece of […]

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JD Sports to Buy Remaining Shares of Footasylum in $119M Deal

A month after upping its stake in the beleaguered chain, JD Sports Fashion PLC has announced that it will buy the remaining shares of Footasylum PLC in a cash deal worth 90.1 million pounds, or $119.25 million. The acquisition, which is expected to be completed in the next month or so, puts JD’s offer at […]

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Elizabeth Emanuel Launches Couture Label Worn by Priyanka Chopra, Cher

LONDON — What do Priyanka Chopra, Cher and Princess Diana have in common? They’ve all been dressed by Elizabeth Emanuel. While her name is most often mentioned in the same sentence as the late princess, there’s a lot more to Emanuel than the famous, 25-foot-long wedding gown she created with her then-husband David Emanuel. In […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Patricia Field Gives Iconic Carrie Necklace a Modern Update

Carrie Bradshaw’s name necklace is getting a modern refresh. Patricia Field, the celebrated costume designer behind HBO’s “Sex and the City,” is launching an updated version of the iconic TV character’s signature necklace. Called the Carrie 2.0, the necklace retails for a base price of $320 and is available now via Field’s web site. The […]

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Gucci’s New Changemakers Project Commits to Diversity

MILAN — Gucci is launching a new global program called Changemakers in its ongoing effort to support a shift in the industry and to foster unity through community action. This follows the company’s announcement last month of the first of four long-term initiatives to achieve cultural diversity and awareness throughout its organization and activities globally, […]

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DVF Awards to Honor Anita Hill and Katy Perry

This year, the DVF Awards will honor five women who are making a difference in their communities and the world, including Anita Hill and Katy Perry. The 10th annual DVF Awards will take place the evening of April 11 at the Brooklyn Museum. Hill will be awarded The Lifetime Leadership Award for her strength throughout […]

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The Dallas RTW Fall 2019

Name: The Dallas Main message: Fumie Tanaka’s modern take on classic style elements was foreshadowed by its venue: a French restaurant with mosaic tiled floors, arched doorways and Art Nouveau hanging on the walls. But when the lights went up, the opera changed to thumping bass and the models strutted around corners in looks that […]

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Jennifer Lopez Flaunts Oversized McQueen Sneakers & Massive Engagement Ring on Date Night

It’s been a little over a week since Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez got engaged while vacationing in the Bahamas, but they’re still glowing. Stepping out for dinner at Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar in Manhattan on Sunday night, the duo walked arm-in-arm, showing off matching tans, with J-Lo flashing her massive diamond rock from the […]

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Apps of my life

By Anna Katina Hello my friends! First of all, thanks a lot for the feedback regarding my car:). For those who haven’t read the news, you can read it here. Today, I am sharing with you my favourite apps I use on my iphone. Since I received the new iPhone XS Max, I decided to […]

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She got her first car

By Anna Katina Hello my friends! The time has come… I talked a lot about it on Instagram, I asked your opinions, I made you guess the colour.. and today, the waiting is over.. today, ANNA GOT HER FIRST CAR. Some of you may know that it took me some time to get the driving […]

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Cuba 2018

By Anna Katina Peeeeeps! Hello! It’s Sunday, December 30th and I promised you to publish my trip to Cuba before 2019, so I will keep my promise!! 😀 Where should I start… Cuba was an amazing experience this Summer. I travelled a lot this year but did not publish any travel posts… Shame on me. […]

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Christmas Gift Guide 2018

By Anna Katina Hello my friends! The waiting is over, my Christmas Gift Guide 2018 is live!! I worked two entire days on the photos after collecting all the gifts I wanted to feature. In my selection, I present classic presents but also less classic ones, amazing deals I found etc. For example I had […]

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Save the date! Troc’n’Brol 2018

By Anna Katina Yes, that’s my twin Xenia a few years ago with black, long hair!! 😀 TROC’N’BROL – an alternative Christmas market! It’s that time of the year again and I’m so excited!! December 14, I’m getting ready!! Every year, I participate to Troc’n’Brol. For me, it’s the coolest yearly event in Luxembourg! First, […]

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My skincare routine

By Anna Katina Dear friends, first of all – I can’t believe I did not blog since July. What the.. But I’m back and I will blog once a month at least from now because I missed this so much. So, after many request and questions about my skin I decided to write about all […]

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Rei Kawakubo will receive the 2019 Isamu Noguchi Award from the Noguchi Museum. The award, which will be presented at the museum's annual benefit on May 2, is given to individuals who share Isamu Noguchi's spirit of innovation, global consciousness and commitment to East-West cultural exchange. Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons and cofounder of Dover Street Market, is also involved in graphic design, advertising and interiors for her businesses, which she considers to be inextricable components of her aesthetic vision. Her work has appeared in several exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017, which was only the second monographic show awarded to a living designer by The Met. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Comme des Garçons. According to The Museum, “Rei Kawakubo has consistently defied notions not only of beauty, but also of what fashion can be, at once confounding our expectations for clothing — and like Noguchi — challenging the idea that design and art are inherently different endeavors.” Kawakubo received the Fashion Group International Award in 1986 and the Excellence in Design Award from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2000. In 1993, she was named a Chevalier in the Order ofFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Giorgio Armani has unveiled on Monday a new partnership with the Italian Soccer Federation. In particular, the designer and the Italian sport institution have signed a four-year partnership that will see the country's national soccer team wearing formal off-field Emporio Armani uniforms. Previously, the Armani company created the uniforms for the Italian national soccer team for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and for the 1994 World Cup. In addition, the fashion house designed the official uniforms for the Newcastle United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich soccer teams. In all the official occasions, the members of the team will sport an Emporio Armani jersey suit, a shirt and an overcoat with detachable linings, all embellished with the Italian Soccer Federation's shield. In addition, Armani designed shoes, a kit bag, a backpack, a belt, small leather goods and a pair of sunglasses. Emporio Armani uniform for the Italian soccer team. Courtesy Photo “This agreement makes me particularly happy: I am returning to football after my experience with Chelsea and Bayern, and once again I am dressing the Italian national team, as I did for the 1994 World Cup,” Armani said. “I am proud to partner with the FIGC and to offer our athletes my idea of softFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Geraldina, the women's wear label founded by Geraldina Bassani Antivari and Michal Saad, has opened its first flagship in Milan's Brera district. The brand started taking shape four years ago when Bassani Antivari was still creative director of outerwear label Mr & Mrs Italy and Saad, a former associate fashion editor at Vogue US, was working at Loro Piana as an e-commerce project manager. Based on an antifashion idea, transcending the concept of trends and seasons, Geraldina wants to offer women “beautiful and flattering clothes, with great quality,” said Bassani Antivari seated in an armchair in the brand's new Milanese store. This occupies a unique three-story town house, which stands out compared with the stately Milanese buildings that generally line the Brera streets. The venue previously housed a Massimo Piombo boutique was the studio of iconic Italian architect Gae Aulenti. The Geraldina store in Milan. Federico Lomartire “The last thing I had in mind was to open a store in Milan because people here know me for my family and they might have thought, ‘here is another daddy's girl,'” said Bassani Antivari, referring to the fact she is the daughter of Luca Bassani Antivari, founder and president of Monaco-based maritime design company WallyFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Dior on Monday reprised its circus-themed spring haute couture show in Dubai as it seeks to reinforce its ties with Middle Eastern customers with special initiatives, including the launch of a gold-themed capsule collection featuring brand icons such as the Lady Dior and Saddle bags. Egyptian actress and singer Yousra and Saudi Arabian singer Aseel Omran were among the guests who gathered in a big top in the city's verdant Safa Park for the show, which was slightly tweaked for the local audience. Instead of the all-female Mimbre troop that performed in Paris in January, guests were entertained by fire acrobats and performers perched on balls and unicycles. Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women's collections, designed 15 new looks for the presentation in Dubai, including metallic pleated gowns, embroidered playsuits worn with long sheer skirts and fitted wool redingotes with hand-embroidered frogging. Dubai is the sixth most-visited city in the world, with 15.9 million overnight visitors in 2018, up from 15.8 million in 2017, according to Dubai's Department of Tourism. Construction is booming as it prepares to host a World Expo in 2020. It remains the top-ranking destination city based on overnight visitor spend, with visitors spending a whopping $537 a dayFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — What do Priyanka Chopra, Cher and Princess Diana have in common? They've all been dressed by Elizabeth Emanuel. While her name is most often mentioned in the same sentence as the late princess, there's a lot more to Emanuel than the famous, 25-foot-long wedding gown she created with her then-husband David Emanuel. In the years since that iconic wedding dress, Emanuel has kept rather quiet, working on a variety of retail projects, designing for the theater and building up a high-profile clientele for her one-off designs. Now she's launching a couture line named Elizabeth, Paris 1902. “I think of it more as launching with a full collection, whereas before I'd do a capsule collection and a few outfits. This time, I've created pants, shirts, gowns etc.,” she said, adding that she added the Paris 1902 for aesthetic flourish. “I started doing calligraphy and I found something that said Paris 1902 and it just looked nice. It doesn't really mean anything.” Emanuel describes the collection as “discovering a future vintage outfit,” and, to wit, her inspirations are mined from history, including Virginia Woolf's novel “Orlando,” vintage Lanvin silhouettes and the film “Death in Venice.” During an interview at her basement studio in Maida Vale, sheFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Carrie Bradshaw's name necklace is getting a modern refresh. Patricia Field, the celebrated costume designer behind HBO's “Sex and the City,” is launching an updated version of the iconic TV character's signature necklace. Called the Carrie 2.0, the necklace retails for a base price of $320 and is available now via Field's web site. The campaign features Caroline Vazzana, fashion blogger and author of “Making It in Manhattan.” The Carrie 2.0 name necklace, modeled by fashion blogger Caroline Vazzana. Ronald Flowers “I grew up watching ‘Sex and the City' and subsequently launched my career as a writer in New York inspired by Carrie Bradshaw, so when Pat and her team asked me to be the face of the Carrie 2.0, I was so honored,” Vazzana said in a statement. “It was a true dream come true collaborating with [Field] and her team. Between the ‘SATC' nods and splashes of color from my wardrobe, it made for the perfect modern-day Carrie Bradshaw moment.” In a statement, Field wrote that the Carrie necklace has been a staple of her brand “for many years.” The updated version, she wrote, is “a modern-day twist” that adds hearts and curves to the bottom of the nameplate. In the campaign, Vazzana wearsFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Gucci is launching a new global program called Changemakers in its ongoing effort to support a shift in the industry and to foster unity through community action. This follows the company's announcement last month of the first of four long-term initiatives to achieve cultural diversity and awareness throughout its organization and activities globally, following accusations in February that a Gucci balaclava-style sweater evoked blackface. Gucci Changemakers includes a fund for a total of $5 million over five years and a $1.5 million four-year scholarship program in North America. In addition, Gucci is fostering a global employee-volunteering framework that will fuel the company's commitment to creating lasting social impact in communities and within the fashion industry. The Changemakers Fund will invest in community-based programs in cities across North America. In particular, it will focus on building strong connections and opportunities within the African-American community, among others. To this end, the Italian fashion group will rely on advice from and support of a Changemakers Council, which is being formed, made up of community leaders and social change experts. It is being conceived to ensure transparency, accountability and long-term impact. At the moment it includes the following: • fashion activist Bethann Hardison, who attendedFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Can sustainable fashion be both polished and quirky? Hong Kong-based designers and childhood best friends Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung are banking on it with their premium knitwear brand YanYan, which utilizes deadstock and leftover yarns from mills and knitwear factories. The two are aiming to create a youth factor around sustainability, blending grandma elegance with a playful spirit in their designs, and simultaneously touching on hot-button issues facing the fashion industry — including low-waste production, experimental retail strategy, reacting to the pace and competitiveness of fast fashion, and putting out product with more long-term, less trend-driven, potential. “We thought about what's a good and interesting way to create product,” Chan said on a call with Chung from Hong Kong, adding: “We didn't want to put stuff out there that doesn't contribute anything new. We wanted to make sweaters that were special. We wanted to challenge ourselves and make sweaters that aren't traditional. The knitwear market is starting to grow. It's a space for people to have fun and experiment.” Knitwear was a natural venture for Chan, too, who moved back to Hong Kong after spending nearly a decade at Rag & Bone in New York, most recently as the director of knitwear untilFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Guillaume Philibert was 19 when he started Filling Pieces. A student of architecture, he was listening to a lot of Pharrell and Kanye West rapping about designer labels. Philibert couldn't afford the pieces at the time so he set out to create something in line with his wallet but also his interests in design and DJing — something he still does. The brand asserted itself in the market with high-end footwear and one and a half years ago got into ready-to-wear presenting a minimalist line of well-constructed pieces — think funnel neck puffers and gaberdine trenches with a punch of colorblocking in the back paneling. Now, at nearly 10, Philibert's line is ready for retail with the planned opening of Filling Pieces' first flagship in Amsterdam in the fourth quarter of this year. That's expected to be the start of a number of branded doors rolling out in key markets over the next few years. “In the past couple years, I personally really found out how to run a business,” Philibert said. “So my background in design gave me the ability to design products, but I learned so much more about how to build a brand and how to build a company, soFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — Soccer jerseys in suiting, as eveningwear and patched into new life forms. Adidas charged four stylists and designers, each hailing from different backgrounds in fashion, to put their spin on Major League Soccer's jerseys. The results bore out in an interesting display of fashion that marched down the runway Thursday evening at City Market South in downtown Los Angeles. Adidas' Seams event was the latest in a long-running partnership between the brand and Major League Soccer that was most recently extended to 2024, with the sportswear firm providing the league's 24 teams with uniforms, footwear and training gear, among other things. “The idea was to launch the 2019 MLS jerseys in a new creative way,” said Jennifer Valentine, senior director of soccer at Adidas. “We want to celebrate the culture of each individual city that the jerseys represent.” The idea was to pull together individuals in fashion as deemed by the brand to be creative and authentic with varying ties to streetwear, Valentine said. Pierre Davis, founder of the gender-neutral brand No Sesso, turned to something more formal through the use of patchworking and hardware to create trains and volume for dresses. “My idea was to take athletic wear and turn it into moreFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
After a whirlwind month covering the fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Roopal Patel, senior vice president and fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, gave the lowdown to Valerie Steele, curator and director of The Museum of FIT on Thursday afternoon. The conversation, which took place at the third annual winter luncheon of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, was held at Avra Madison Estiatorio and sponsored by Saks. By way of introduction, Kathy Reilly, luncheon chair, said Patel has driven the transformation of Saks since 2015, with responsibility for trend forecasting, spotting emerging designers and honing the seasonal fashion message. Steele then kicked off the discussion, asking Patel to describe her primary day-to-day responsibilities and strategic point of view. Patel, who oversees men's, women's, accessories, jewelry and beauty, said, “When we look at fashion, there's a lot of storytelling that goes on. Our job and my responsibility is to be the translator and curator. Taking what we're seeing on the runways in London, New York, Milan and Paris, and making sure that that vision and the trend direction is translated for the Saks customer to experience.” One of Patel's goals is to make sure they're making shopping at SaksFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
The college admissions scandal: it's a real-life “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (best mother-daughter movie ever). Only the promote-the-kids-at-all-costs parents aren't small-town, lower-middle-class folk with accents Hollywood mocks. They're fancy coastal types with glorious homes and impressive CVs. And their parental crime of choice isn't murdering the competition as in the movie (as far as we know, anyway), but a litany that includes wire fraud, bribery and racketeering. Any parent who has lived through the college application process at least in the last 15 years knows that it is hideous and unfair, its angst levels driven by entitled students and parents, particularly those of means, but especially by the institutional arrogance of the American higher education behemoth that makes groveling fools out of millions of otherwise intelligent adults. For decades, students and their parents have used any methods necessary — padded résumés, pricy tutors, the ridiculously exotic extracurricular or two and often, mega donations — to achieve advantage in the applications rat race. The price of back-door entry may be tainted, but it's not illegal, and one could hardy call it secret. Within that framework, the massive case laid out by the Justice Department on Tuesday still stuns. I feel a little private shameFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MÁLAGA, Spain — The founder of Madrid's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, initially known as Pasarela Cibeles, Cuca Solana was the quixotic driving force behind Spain's catwalk scene for more than three decades. Born Leonor Pérez Pita in Madrid in 1940, Solana in 2016 handed the reins of her beloved Pasarela to Charo Izquierdo, a prominent journalist and communications executive. The following year, Izquierdo also took charge of the fashion sector of Ifema, the Spanish capital's international congress and events organization. Still highly involved in the development of Madrid's fashion week — now under the banner of Ifema — as chair of its advisory board, Solana had been battling cancer for sometime when she was hospitalized earlier this week, hoping to return home shortly. On Wednesday, MBFW Madrid announced the passing of its charismatic former director, lauding “The Great Lady of Spanish Fashion” for showcasing top-flight designers, whilst “keeping an eye on emerging talent.” Solana's last official public appearance took place in December at the National Fashion Awards, held at the Museo del Traje in Madrid, where Queen Letizia presented her with a trophy honoring her contribution to the prestige of the Spanish fashion industry. “If you like something, it helps you live,” she liked to say,Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS – Creative director Julie de Libran has left Sonia Rykiel, as the French fashion house known for its striped knits looks for a new investor, WWD has learned. “The house confirms the departure of Julie de Libran,” a spokesman for Rykiel said on Thursday, adding that the label's management was mulling over the organization of the design studio. “The house is not for sale. It is looking for a partner to enter its capital in order to increase its development,” the spokesman added. De Libran, who joined Rykiel in 2014, showed her last collection for the label in a showroom presentation during Paris Fashion Week, having skipped the runway this season after a banner 50th anniversary year that culminated in an outdoor fashion show last September on the newly christened Allée Sonia Rykiel in Paris. Her departure comes amid steadily declining revenues at the loss-making house, whose founder died in 2016. In recent years, it has been hit hard by the successive impact of the Russian financial crisis, the slowdown in consumer spending in Asia and the impact of terrorist attacks on tourism to Paris and the rest of Europe. One source estimated that revenues at Sonia Rykiel are down to between 20Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Retirement didn't really agree with Gary Smith — and that's been the major game-changer for Polartec. Under the direction of Smith, chief executive officer of the Andover, Mass.-based fabric producer, Polartec went from the verge of liquidation to a profitable business that provides active and outdoor brands — and now luxury fashion labels — with a variety of performance fabrics. Its most recent innovation is Power Air, a fabric that cuts down on shedding in synthetic fleece that hit the market this winter exclusively in Adidas products and has started rolling out to other brands. As a result of the turnaround, Polartec's private equity owners have “begun an active process to sell the company,” Smith said. While nothing is imminent, having private equity investors makes it inevitable a sale will happen. “It took a long time to turn this thing around,” the ceo admitted. But Polartec's about-face almost didn't happen. Smith was the president of Timberland's Outdoor Group and senior vice president of its supply chain. He exited Timberland shortly before it was sold to VF Corp. After a career that included being a partner in McKinsey & Co., he thought it would be an ideal time to ditch the corporate world and engageFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Tom Ford — chairman of the CFDA? That's the plan, according to sources, who say that Diane von Furstenberg is ready to step down from the post, with Ford poised to take over. Both the CFDA and Ford declined comment Wednesday. The move would come after von Furstenberg's legendary 13-year tenure during which, working with CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb, she oversaw a period of unprecedented, heady growth for American fashion and the organization itself, followed by the current period of volatility triggered by seismic cultural changes within and outside of fashion. “The truth is that we are in a moment of everything moving…” von Furstenberg told WWD in the fall. “It's a very unsettling moment.” The changing of the guard could happen as early as Tuesday, when the CFDA board meets to vote on Ford's until now under-the-radar nomination. When von Furstenberg was elected in 2006 to follow Stan Herman, WWD reported that her role would be to serve as the public face of the organization. She also had the mandate to galvanize the American fashion community and respond to members' needs. She was to work closely with then-executive director Kolb, who joined in December 2005. Assuming ratification, Ford would be the 11th personFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — Madhappy's going basic — but in the best kind of way. The young direct-to-consumer brand, started in 2017, continues to move quickly to nab share and refine its voice in a competitive market. It entered the fray with its branded product tops and hoodies bearing the company's signature stitch detailing. Now, it's curated a more wearable offering for multiple occasions with a basics line named Classics by Madhappy launching Thursday. The 11 styles max out at 40 stockkeeping units in men's, women's and unisex sizing. “We think that this will allow our consumers that want [the product] to be able to buy [it] more often,” said cofounder Peiman Raf. “We expect to keep these in stock and not be on a limited basis. We'll add colorways a few times a year and then alongside that, we'll continue to do our capsules and collaborations.” The range includes French terry hoodies ($130), sweats ($100), women's crewneck ($100) and T-shirts ($60). There are also combed cotton heavyweight sweats for $150 and crewneck retailing for $120. It's also a natural response to the increase in inquiries from shoppers who have asked about unbranded product. “We've always been very obsessed about creating the best products possible andFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — It's not about the journey, it's about the destination, said buyers and talent scouts at the latest session of women's wear trade shows Tranoï and Woman in Paris. On Saturday, despite continued “gilets jaunes” protests, business went on unimpeded. “Some buyers opted out of Saturday appointments,” said Jennifer Behr, who has been presenting her hair accessory range (of “Gossip Girl” headband craze fame) at Tranoï's Carrousel du Louvre location for over six years. “But despite expecting it to be low, foot traffic was steady.” Likewise, the Sunday closure of the city's first to fourth arrondissements for the “Paris Respire” (“Paris Breathes,” in French) operation to alleviate traffic-generation pollution seemed to have little impact. Authorities and organizers had taken steps to ensure awareness. “Ahead of the season, the Paris mayor's office and I have sent out a letter to buyers, via the trade shows, to wish them a warm welcome in Paris,” said Pierre-François Le Louët, president of the Fédération Française du Prêt à Porter Féminin, the body representing the business interests of French ready-to-wear brands, as he took a tour of Woman on Saturday. Visitors had been forewarned and taken precautions. Buyers heading underground to the Carrousel du Louvre location of TranoïFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Paule Ka has tapped Maxime Simoëns as artistic director as part of entrepreneur Xavier Marie's plan to turn around the ailing French label. The French designer joins the contemporary brand, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, from Loris Azzaro, where he spent two years as artistic director, overseeing the relaunch of its premium women's and men's ready-to-wear lines. At Paule Ka, another challenge awaits him: to rejuvenate the brand, which was flirting with bankruptcy when Marie snapped it up in 2017, parting ways with its chief executive officer Catherine Vautrin and creative director Alithia Spuri-Zampetti, who had worked to extend the label's appeal in daywear and separates. Marie, who made his fortune as founder and former ceo of furniture and home decor company Maisons du Monde, initially brought back the label's founder Serge Cajfinger on a one-year contract to right the ship. Simoëns noted he has one thing in common with Cajfinger, who left the company in 2014 after serving as its creative director and chairman since 1987: they both come from the northern French city of Lille. “I have long been familiar with the universe of the brand. To me, it's always the cocktail and occasion dresses, a little sophisticated but notFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Givenchy is heading to Florence for its return to the men's runway in June. The French fashion house will be the special guest of the Pitti Uomo trade show, running from June 11 to 14. Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller is scheduled to stage her first stand-alone men's show there on June 12, with plans to return to Paris men's fashion week next January. “Obviously, being a French couture house, our roots are in Paris, but to take the first leap into men's wear on a runway level, I felt that would be an incredibly special moment to do it,” Waight Keller told WWD. “It's been in the back of my mind for a long time actually to do something there at some point, and it was wonderful to get the invitation to do it. It's a very important and a really creative place to start a first show,” she said. “It doesn't come with the same set of parameters that a Paris runway fashion week does, and I think what's interesting is that it's such an unusual setting. Everybody is kind of in a very different mood when they're there,” Waight Keller added. French conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Tailing Paris Fashion Week, Nike Inc. on Monday staged a show for the global unveiling of the home and away soccer uniforms for 14 out of the 24 national teams set to participate in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, due to take place June 7 through July 7 in France. Marking a record number of teams for the brand in a World Cup, the countries being dressed by Nike include Australia, Norway, England, the U.S. and France. Twenty-eight female athletes took to a circular podium in the Palais Brongniart here to showcase the designs alongside pieces from the brand's women's lifestyle collections, joined by local budding athletes. Record-breaking gymnast Simone Biles, champion fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na and other elite athletes participated in the event. Fashion figures in the audience, meanwhile, included Naomi Campbell and designer Christelle Kocher, soccer fan and Nike collaborator who created custom pieces for the show. As reported, Martine Rose and Yoon Ahn, cofounder of Ambush, are collaborating with Nike on lines around the event, though they're still being kept under wraps. “It's not something I thought I'd ever do. It's amazing to see where the women's game has come to be doingFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Nike on Monday revealed new football jerseys and continues its work to expand its women's business via a three-year deal working with UEFA Women's Football. The uniform unveil, to be worn by 14 teams for the summer games in France, reflect new designs, use of recycled plastic bottles and input from some of the athletes. The company earlier this year hosted a media event in Culver City, Calif., to show the designs, hosting reporters and athletes who weighed in on the kits and future Nike women's collections that were partially informed by the uniforms. The fit appeared to be one of the chief considerations for the players and proved a difficult task considering the mix of needs. “I just think the kit nowadays is fitted more to our bodies,” said U.S. women's team forward Crystal Dunn, in-between takes for a Nike photo shoot. “I think obviously when you're catering to the women's side versus the men's side, people tend to want to flare our jerseys when that's actually the opposite of what we want. We want stuff that fits the shape of our bodies so the kits fit very well for everybody. We come in all different shapes and sizes and I think everyone'sFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Loris Azzaro is parting ways with Maxime Simoëns after two years, the company said Monday. The French designer was named artistic director of the house in 2017, overseeing its couture collections, ready-to-wear lines and men's and women's accessories. He presented his last collection for Azzaro, inspired by Studio 54, during Paris Couture Week in January. “The couture house of Azzaro and its artistic director Maxime Simoëns are announcing the end of their partnership [after] four seasons. Azzaro thanks him for his contribution [to] the renewal of the house,” the brand said in a statement. Azzaro said it would present a collection during the next couture week in July, but did not provide additional details. Celebrity fans of Simoëns' sexy and graphic dresses include Mélanie Laurent, Rachel McAdams, Beyoncé, Léa Seydoux and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. A graduate of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Simoëns in the early stages of his career was hailed as a wunderkind after making the shortlist for the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography in 2008, at age 25, with Bernard Arnault making an investment in his fledgling business in 2012. Since joining the calendar in 2011, his presence has been patchy, however. Having experimented with showing in theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Pastel hair clips, Mary Janes, pink striped satin dresses and polar fleece jackets are in demand these days among Millennials, who are “prolonging” their youth with escapist purchases that remind them of their wee years. Millennials are finally getting older — the greenest of the bunch is now edging toward their 30s. Notoriously late to marriage, childbirth and home ownership in light of stagnant salaries and student debt, each purchase feeds a certain nostalgia, harking back to a time before pressures of work, social media and uncertainty. This soothing escapism has become a major trend. “I think we are all just hungry for candy,” said accessories designer Susan Korn, proprietor of the brand Susan Alexandra. Korn has made a name for herself with upbeat style — her beaded handbags, often embellished with fruits, flowers and chandelier crystals, are the carryall versions of pastille sweets. Sparkly and colorful, nearly 15,000 of her bags have been sold thus far. Copenhagen designer Emilie Helmstedt's fairy-tale-inspired debut collection. Sarah Stenfeldt Hansen Korn designed the style shortly after turning 30 — a subconscious, knee-jerk reaction, she feels, to a birthday sometimes considered as apocalyptic. “We are all suffering from mental exhaustion from technology and other focuses around us. Things usedFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Martin Margiela built a 100-million euro fashion business with few outsiders knowing what he looks like, Rei Kawakubo is such an introvert she skipped the receiving line at the Met Gala in her honor, and Miuccia Prada barely peeks out from backstage at the end of her shows. But in the age of social media and fashion as entertainment, are designers who shun the spotlight missing out on a world of opportunity? Is it possible anymore to simply let the product speak for itself? The latest runway season showed the growing split between those who are public-facing (Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Brandon Maxwell) and those who prefer to be behind-the-scenes, like Dries Van Noten, Kawakubo and once spotlight-loving John Galliano. “We are in a new age, and designers can't just rely on the quality of their product, it has to be marketed,” said Robert Burke, president and chief executive officer of consultants Robert Burke Associates. “The being the behind-the-scenes, behind-the-curtain designer is not the way things are moving. The whole feeling of anything manufactured or programmed to the consumer, especially the Millennial consumer, is a turn-off. They want to see something about the designer's life that's real,” he said, name-checking Virgil Abloh, OlivierFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Rebecca Taylor is suiting up for spring. The company will introduce Tailored Rebecca Taylor, a new collection of elevated suiting and separates on Tuesday. The collection will be sold at 11 Nordstrom doors, Rebecca Taylor's six freestanding stores and online, along with some specialty boutiques in the U.S. and internationally. “The idea for Tailored arose from spending time in stores talking to our store associates and customers about their needs,” said Janice Sullivan, brand president at Rebecca Taylor. She said she found that people are looking for viable options to wear to work. “No one's taking on suiting as a category,” Sullivan said. She said Rebecca Taylor has always offered blazers and tweed jackets, but they've often been overlooked. She said even women in creative professions often need suiting when they're giving a presentation, as well as women in more conservative professions. “With stores showcasing products that embrace the current trends of statement prints, embellishment and shine, it has become increasingly difficult for women to find options that touch on the feminine trends yet still feel appropriate for the work space. It's either over-the-top feminine or extremely structured and masculine,” she said. “Tailored Rebecca Taylor applies the feminine touches signature to the brand DNA,Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
When “Project Runway” launched in 2004, it pulled back the curtain on the fashion industry, made Michael Kors a household name, and elevated the role of designer into the pop culture pantheon. Running for 16 seasons with guest judges including Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ciara, the show introduced such memorable moments as the Gristedes challenge and the Thunder From Down Under challenge. And it gave millions of wannabes dreams of making it like Christian Siriano, the biggest success story among the winners. After a nearly two-year hiatus, the show returns on March 14 to Bravo for its 17th season, reimagined for now. New host, model Karlie Kloss, who is also executive producer, is joined by a new mentor (Siriano) in the Tim Gunn role, and three regular judges — Elle magazine editor in chief Nina Garcia, a veteran of the show's earlier iteration; former Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth, and designer Brandon Maxwell. The 17 designers competing have a range of experience, and hail from all over the world, including one contestant who is a Syrian refugee, and others who are from India and Samoa. The show will put a new emphasis on inclusion, featuring models of all racesFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Could Calvin Klein Jeans, which are done in-house by Calvin Klein Inc., be changing hands again? According to knowledgeable sources, G-III Apparel Group, which has the Calvin Klein license for women's ready-to-wear, accessories, outerwear, swimwear and dresses in North America, has an executive search out for a president of women's Calvin Klein Jeans. That would mean that G-III could very well be scooping up the Calvin Klein Jeans women's license for North America. CKI got the jeans business back when its parent firm, PVH Corp., acquired Warnaco Group in 2012. If a deal is struck, sources say G-III would manufacture and distribute Calvin Klein women's Jeans in North America, while the European Calvin Klein Jeans line would remain with CKI, and continue to be designed out of Amsterdam, where Tommy Jeans are produced. Both Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are divisions of PVH. Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III, was traveling in Europe and unreachable for comment. A spokeswoman for PVH Corp. said Thursday the company doesn't comment on rumors. G-III, which has been a savior for Calvin Klein, has healthy distribution in major department stores and reportedly generated about $1.2 billion in wholesale volume for its Calvin Klein products last year.Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
It may be the age of the short-term rental, from Airbnb and city bicycle schemes to Rent the Runway and Armarium, but the same isn't true for the big luxury brands. For them, it's all about ownership. They want to own color, a style or — in the case of Bally — vast swathes of Earth. Riccardo Tisci has repeatedly stated that Burberry “owns” beige, while Paul Andrew, the newly named creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, said before the fall 2019 show that the brand wants to “own” color. A few hours later, Bally's chief executive officer Frédéric de Narp talked about Bally “owning” the mountains. These brands are certainly an acquisitive bunch, although many would argue that ownership is critical to a brand's survival, from an image and revenue point of view. Ownership pays dividends, say industry observers, and helps a brand cut through the noise in the market. It's also a calling card, and a safe one, at that. The color beige can't get drunk, unruly or arrested like a celebrity brand ambassador might. Ownership also helps to fortify a brand's identity; if a brand loses its focus, and stops protecting and promoting its signature color, style, pattern or silhouette, someoneFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Erica Hanks racks up the frequent-flier miles. The stylist, who has built a business dressing professional male athletes as well as some female socialites and actresses, isn't based in the fashion hubs of New York or Los Angeles. Instead, she's headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. But what the fashionistas on the right and left coasts may have overlooked is that the Southern city is home to many professional sports teams including the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. When Hanks moved there eight years ago with her husband, who is in the commercial real estate business, the mother of three was looking for a way to utilize the skills she had developed working at retail stores and writing for lifestyle blogs and magazines. She quickly realized that Charlotte was “a huge sports hub,” she said, but saw that no one was working with the players to up their fashion game. So she started networking and offering her services. She “landed a race-car driver for the Kids Choice Awards,” Hanks said, and it was — pardon the pun — off to the races. She now has a roster of around 25 professional sports clients includingFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]