Chalayan Men’s Spring 2020

Easy, cool and lightning-quick. Hussein Chalayan’s show took place on a little pedestrian street across from his Mayfair store, and the setup was refreshingly simple, with all guests standing, Mother Nature providing the lighting and models carrying their own music, via little boomboxes that came straight from 1986. There may have been a complex, interesting […]

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Studio ALCH Men’s Spring 2020

Environmentally conscious Australian designer Alexander Hackett was in tears after her debut show. The 26-year-old moved to London four years ago to pursue her fashion dream while working in places such as Footpatrol in Soho, where she bonded with the street and footwear community. Her Spring 2020 collection features her fourth collaboration with Patta, a […]

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Liam Hodges Men’s Spring 2020

The designer tore up the classics for this soft-edged, upbeat collection that was full of pastels, cartoonish faces, lots of fat or skinny stripes, and pattern mash-ups. He worked with his friend, the artist Alfie Kungu, on colorful, abstract patterns. These included swirls of brown, black and olive spilling onto oversize grandpa cardigans and baggy […]

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8ON8, Presented by GQ, Men’s Spring 2020

Li Gong had big aspirations for his collection, which was “to provide a service to the dead” by referencing the popular “San Junipero” episode of the Netflix sci-fi series “Black Mirror.” The heavy concept translated itself into a lively, multicolored collection under the GQ China Presents platform. Contrasting elements set the tone. Soft lilac and […]

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Astrid Andersen Spring 2020

This season, Astrid Andersen skipped the London catwalk in a bid to dedicate more time to the design process. “I’ve reached an age where I really do think it’s such a shame if I’m always rushed and I don’t enjoy it. And at some point, it will translate in the work,” said the designer. She […]

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Moncler and Palm Angels Launch Second Genius Collection in SoHo

Moncler and Palm Angels celebrated the launch of 8 Moncler Palm Angels, the expanded second collection for Moncler Genius, with a party at the Moncler store on Prince Street in SoHo Thursday. Designer Francesco Ragazzi traveled from London, where he hosted a party in Camden with rapper Octavian, to New York City to host another […]

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British Label Stefan Cooke Finds Its Voice, and Flies Solo, at London Fashion Week Men’s

LONDON — Stefan Cooke and Jake Burt, cofounders of the label Stefan Cooke and finalists for the LVMH Prize, are about to stage their first solo runway show on June 9 during London Men’s Fashion Week, and they’re feeling the heat. “It feels surreal to be doing it by ourselves. It also feels intimidating,” said […]

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Rip Up the Calendar: Men’s Show Weeks Are Not Working for Everyone

LONDON — Has the men’s wear industry outgrown its boots? This is a golden moment for men’s wear, with flourishing sales, a fashion-loving generation of shoppers, and Instagram propelling sneaker-crazy young men into stores like never before. Despite it all, the seasonal men’s fashion calendars — with the exception of Paris — are shrinking. The […]

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Asos Parties at The Public to Close NYFW: Men’s

The Public Hotel was the place to be Wednesday evening because of Asos. The retailer closed NYFW: Men’s with a party at the trendy hotel’s Public Arts space. Attendees were treated to a performance by Swae Lee, one half of rap duo Rae Sremmurd, who closed his set with a performance of his Billboard Hot […]

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CFDA Teams With Project for Designer Showcase at Vegas Show

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is expanding its association with the Project trade show, starting in August in Las Vegas. The CFDA x Project initiative will bring five men’s wear designers to the show at the Las Vegas Convention Center within a new section called N:ow Lab, a concept space that will rotate […]

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Diana Ross Says TSA Agent Made Her Feel ‘Violated’ In ‘Over The Top’ Screening

The agency is defending its reputation following the singer’s flurry of outraged tweets. Via:: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/diana-ross-tsa-violated_n_5ccf18c6e4b0548b735bc419       

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Instagram Slams Kim Kardashian After North West Wears Adult Spike Heels at a Party

North West loves wearing mom Kim Kardashian’s high heels — and Twitter has a lot to say about it. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s oldest daughter dolled up for cousin True Thompson’s party in April wearing soaring sandals plucked straight from her mom’s closet. View this post on Instagram True’s Birthday party! A post shared […]

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Mindy Kaling Reveals She Made B.J. Novak Her Daughter’s Godfather

“B.J. is so much more like family now than a platonic friend,” the actress said of her relationship with her “Office” co-star. Via:: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/novak-godfather-mindy-kaling-baby_n_5ccf0861e4b04e275d4beeb5       

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Ivanka Trump Goes Horseback Riding in Skinny Jeans & Western Boots

Ivanka Trump’s style is usually all about pantsuits and power pumps, but she shows off a very different side in her latest Instagram post. In an image shared last night in honor of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby, the first daughter sits atop a horse while on a rustic getaway. She looks cute in a Western-inspired look: […]

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Leytonstone Murder Probe: Man Dies After Car Ploughs Into Pedestrians In East London

By Graeme Demianyk A murder investigation has been launched after a 52-year-old man was hit by a car in Leytonstone, east London. The collision appears to be “a deliberate act by the driver of the car” after an earlier altercation, the Metropolitan Police said. Two men were hit by the vehicle in High Road in […]

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Belfast Marathon Organisers Apologise After Course Is 0.3 Miles Too Long

By Graeme Demianyk The organisers of Belfast marathon have apologised to its competitors after admitting the route was mistakenly extended. Participants ran an extra 0.3 miles more than they should have. It was blamed on human error after the lead car diverted from the official route. In a statement, chairman of the Belfast Marathon Organising […]

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Trump Threatens to Increase Tariffs on China to 25% on $325B of Untaxed Goods as Trade Talks Move ‘Too Slowly’

President Donald Trump threatened increased tariffs as progress on U.S.-China trade talks slows. In a two-part tweet on Sunday, the president said that tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods will rise from 10% to 25% on Friday. He additionally threatened to set a 25% tariff on $325 billion of currently untaxed goods. “These payments […]

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my spring essentials

By Anna Katina Hello my friends! I hope you’re doing great! Since I promised to present you my favourite accessories, I decided to do this here on the blog! For me, this Spring is all about colour and layering games! I’m just back from the Belgian coast where I have spent the Easter weekend, you […]

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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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In the era of fashion-as-entertainment, it's amazing it took this long for a designer to stage a full-fledged runway extravaganza at an actual Hollywood studio. Jeremy Scott did just that Friday night in Los Angeles, bringing a monster of a Moschino Resort collection to the Universal Studios backlot's eerily blissful suburban Americana stand-in for “Leave it To Beaver,” “The Munsters” and “Desperate Housewives.” It was the culmination of a lifelong dream for the designer, who has ambitions to make a film of his own one day a la Tom Ford, and remembered the first time he visited Universal Studios from Kansas City at age 13 in typical aw-shucks fashion: “We stayed at the Sheraton. I was with my family, and I told the other people in the hot tub I was going to be a famous star one day…I didn't really think I was going to be a fashion star.” The show was scripted from the moment guests entered the gate of the studio, hallowed ground for Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg – and for Hollywood's most prolific costume designer, Edith Head. With a short video of Scott as tour guide, guests took the backlot tour trams, rolling past sets for “Psycho” and “Jaws”Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
In the era of fashion-as-entertainment, it's amazing it took this long for a designer to stage a full-fledged runway extravaganza at an actual Hollywood studio. Jeremy Scott did just that Friday night in Los Angeles, bringing a monster of a Moschino Resort collection to the Universal Studios backlot's eerily blissful suburban Americana stand-in for “Leave it To Beaver,” “The Munsters” and “Desperate Housewives.” It was the culmination of a lifelong dream for the designer, who has ambitions to make a film of his own one day a la Tom Ford, and remembered the first time he visited Universal Studios from Kansas City at age 13 in typical aw-shucks fashion: “We stayed at the Sheraton. I was with my family, and I told the other people in the hot tub I was going to be a famous star one day…I didn't really think I was going to be a fashion star.” The show was scripted from the moment guests entered the gate of the studio, hallowed ground for Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg – and for Hollywood's most prolific costume designer, Edith Head. With a short video of Scott as tour guide, guests took the backlot tour trams, rolling past sets for “Psycho” and “Jaws”Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — A collective comprised of Diamond Supply Co. founder Nick Tershay, along with Rob Kardashian and industry friends, unveiled new brand, Halfway Dead, on Friday. If social is any measure, the brand's already gotten clout due to posts from the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner at launch. Halfway Dead tapped Marcos Montoya to front the collection's campaign imagery for this initial drop and will also build out a Halfway Dead skate team. “It's definitely a skateboard brand but I would say more streetwear than Diamond is because Diamond's pretty core skate,” Tershay said. “Halfway Dead is a little more expensive because we're doing some higher end cut-and-sew pieces and it's online only. We're not selling to any retailers.” Tershay said the project had been in the works for some three years now and also involves anonymous designer friends within the industry. From Halfway Dead's launch collection. Seu Trinh The direct-to-consumer unisex brand will begin to ramp its visibility with pop-up shops coming in the next couple months once the founding team identifies where demand is coming from. “Most of the items are really limited so we're not going to make enough for retail partners to order,” Tershay said of the direct-to-consumer strategy. “It's reallyFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — A collective comprised of Diamond Supply Co. founder Nick Tershay, along with Rob Kardashian and industry friends, unveiled new brand, Halfway Dead, on Friday. If social is any measure, the brand's already gotten clout due to posts from the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner at launch. Halfway Dead tapped Marcos Montoya to front the collection's campaign imagery for this initial drop and will also build out a Halfway Dead skate team. “It's definitely a skateboard brand but I would say more streetwear than Diamond is because Diamond's pretty core skate,” Tershay said. “Halfway Dead is a little more expensive because we're doing some higher end cut-and-sew pieces and it's online only. We're not selling to any retailers.” Tershay said the project had been in the works for some three years now and also involves anonymous designer friends within the industry. From Halfway Dead's launch collection. Seu Trinh The direct-to-consumer unisex brand will begin to ramp its visibility with pop-up shops coming in the next couple months once the founding team identifies where demand is coming from. “Most of the items are really limited so we're not going to make enough for retail partners to order,” Tershay said of the direct-to-consumer strategy. “It's reallyFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — A collective comprised of Diamond Supply Co. founder Nick Tershay, along with Rob Kardashian and industry friends, unveiled new brand, Halfway Dead, on Friday. If social is any measure, the brand's already gotten clout due to posts from the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner at launch. Halfway Dead tapped Marcos Montoya to front the collection's campaign imagery for this initial drop and will also build out a Halfway Dead skate team. “It's definitely a skateboard brand but I would say more streetwear than Diamond is because Diamond's pretty core skate,” Tershay said. “Halfway Dead is a little more expensive because we're doing some higher end cut-and-sew pieces and it's online only. We're not selling to any retailers.” Tershay said the project had been in the works for some three years now and also involves anonymous designer friends within the industry. From Halfway Dead's launch collection. Seu Trinh The direct-to-consumer unisex brand will begin to ramp its visibility with pop-up shops coming in the next couple months once the founding team identifies where demand is coming from. “Most of the items are really limited so we're not going to make enough for retail partners to order,” Tershay said of the direct-to-consumer strategy. “It's reallyFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — Dundas, the seasonless women's wear collection founded by Peter Dundas and Evangelo Bousis, has brought its traveling flagship concept to London, debuting the D6 collection at Selfridges, where Peter launched the brand in 2016. The pop up is running until the end of July, and the collection will roll out simultaneously to the brand's 29 retail partners worldwide. The D6 collection was inspired by the animals and nature of Africa, especially big cats such as black panthers and cheetahs. “When I was launching the brand, I didn't know what to put, so I put elements of a black panther into it. Now, every collection has a bit of black panther in it,” said Dundas as he sipped a glass of Champagne at Selfridges to mark the opening. Dundas later rolled up the sleeves of his silver sequin jacket — one of the few men's wear pieces ever produced by the brand — to display the black panther tattoo on his lower left arm. The traveling flagship concept is an alternative to the current seasonal show system. “There are different ways of communicating with the media nowadays. It's not checking in with fashion weeks for years and years anymore,” said Dundas. “There are designers whoFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — After the Spanish label Delpozo returned to the market six years ago under Josep Font it built a name for its whimsical, colorful collections and otherworldly gowns, crafted using couture techniques. With a new creative director at the helm, Lutz Huelle, who replaced Font last year, the brand is ready to mark its next chapter with an added dose of reality. A new perfume, clothes that are more relevant to the demands of everyday life, more affordable price points — and the color black — will all be part of the journey under Huelle. The idea isn't to become “a brand for everybody,” said president Pedro Trolez, but to refine the label's positioning. As well as perfume, new categories such as sunglasses are also in the works, with fashion remaining at the heart of the brand and informing the development of all other categories. That's also why Trolez has been looking for outside investment from a partner with a strong fashion background: “Someone who is an expert in fashion and devoted to the category would be the right partner for us, because at the end of the day we are perfumers,” he said in an interview. The house is owned by Grupo PerfumesFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — After the Spanish label Delpozo returned to the market six years ago under Josep Font it built a name for its whimsical, colorful collections and otherworldly gowns, crafted using couture techniques. With a new creative director at the helm, Lutz Huelle, who replaced Font last year, the brand is ready to mark its next chapter with an added dose of reality. A new perfume, clothes that are more relevant to the demands of everyday life, more affordable price points — and the color black — will all be part of the journey under Huelle. The idea isn't to become “a brand for everybody,” said president Pedro Trolez, but to refine the label's positioning. As well as perfume, new categories such as sunglasses are also in the works, with fashion remaining at the heart of the brand and informing the development of all other categories. That's also why Trolez has been looking for outside investment from a partner with a strong fashion background: “Someone who is an expert in fashion and devoted to the category would be the right partner for us, because at the end of the day we are perfumers,” he said in an interview. The house is owned by Grupo PerfumesFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — After the Spanish label Delpozo returned to the market six years ago under Josep Font it built a name for its whimsical, colorful collections and otherworldly gowns, crafted using couture techniques. With a new creative director at the helm, Lutz Huelle, who replaced Font last year, the brand is ready to mark its next chapter with an added dose of reality. A new perfume, clothes that are more relevant to the demands of everyday life, more affordable price points — and the color black — will all be part of the journey under Huelle. The idea isn't to become “a brand for everybody,” said president Pedro Trolez, but to refine the label's positioning. As well as perfume, new categories such as sunglasses are also in the works, with fashion remaining at the heart of the brand and informing the development of all other categories. That's also why Trolez has been looking for outside investment from a partner with a strong fashion background: “Someone who is an expert in fashion and devoted to the category would be the right partner for us, because at the end of the day we are perfumers,” he said in an interview. The house is owned by Grupo PerfumesFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — That old adage about the customer always being right rings true for many digital companies that are putting the customer at the center of all that they do — and getting results. Direct-to-consumer sales were the focus of a Shopify conference, Commerce+, in London this week as brands took to the stage to speak about the importance of putting the customer first and finding personalized marketing solutions. “Commerce is changing faster than we've ever seen before, the growth of direct-to-consumer particularly has been incredible to watch. We're seeing brands that are very young actually growing at incredible rates and in many cases past more of the traditional retailers,” said Shimona Mehta, head of EMEA at Shopify Plus, the online commerce platform. Jennifer Heath, e-commerce manager at Linda Farrow, said that putting the customer first has helped the eyewear brand to grow. “We've tried affiliate marketing, and that hasn't worked the way we hoped, what did work was direct mail and understanding that our customer, who will pay a premium price for our products, appreciates getting look books,” she said. Candice Chan, director of e-commerce and digital at Hourglass Cosmetics, said listening to the consumer has helped the company find the right marketing approach. “We'veFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — That old adage about the customer always being right rings true for many digital companies that are putting the customer at the center of all that they do — and getting results. Direct-to-consumer sales were the focus of a Shopify conference, Commerce+, in London this week as brands took to the stage to speak about the importance of putting the customer first and finding personalized marketing solutions. “Commerce is changing faster than we've ever seen before, the growth of direct-to-consumer particularly has been incredible to watch. We're seeing brands that are very young actually growing at incredible rates and in many cases past more of the traditional retailers,” said Shimona Mehta, head of EMEA at Shopify Plus, the online commerce platform. Jennifer Heath, e-commerce manager at Linda Farrow, said that putting the customer first has helped the eyewear brand to grow. “We've tried affiliate marketing, and that hasn't worked the way we hoped, what did work was direct mail and understanding that our customer, who will pay a premium price for our products, appreciates getting look books,” she said. Candice Chan, director of e-commerce and digital at Hourglass Cosmetics, said listening to the consumer has helped the company find the right marketing approach. “We'veFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Could Kanye West be fashion's next star-maker? On Wednesday night at the Night Gallery in L.A.'s uber-cool Arts District, he looked at ease in the role during the debut presentation of Maisie Wilen, an artful-yet-wearable collection by his former Yeezy women's wear designer. Created by Parsons grad and Chicago native Maisie Schloss, it's the first project that West is supporting as part of a new plan to incubate young fashion talent. And while he declined interviews, he spent nearly two hours at the low-key, friends-and-family event, stopping to shake hands and chat. Schloss' promising debut exhibited Yeezy DNA in its body-conscious silhouettes, including leggings and leotards the designer said were inspired by rhythmic gymnastics. But the vivid colors, warped prints and unusual materials (embossed vinyl upholstery fabric, being one) were all Schloss' vision. “I told her that's my favorite thing,” West said when asked about the materials, which extended to over-the-knee slime boots dipped in goo-green Latex. Maisie Schloss and models in her designs. Chelsea Lauren/WWD/Shutterstock The static presentation had models standing in front of the “futuristic goth fantasy” paintings of Chicago artist Paul Heyer, which were the perfect foil for the designer's techno-feminine clothes, including a slip-dress in a dynamic-looking orange and teal flameFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Could Kanye West be fashion's next star-maker? On Wednesday night at the Night Gallery in L.A.'s uber-cool Arts District, he looked at ease in the role during the debut presentation of Maisie Wilen, an artful-yet-wearable collection by his former Yeezy women's wear designer. Created by Parsons grad and Chicago native Maisie Schloss, it's the first project that West is supporting as part of a new plan to incubate young fashion talent. And while he declined interviews, he spent nearly two hours at the low-key, friends-and-family event, stopping to shake hands and chat. Schloss' promising debut exhibited Yeezy DNA in its body-conscious silhouettes, including leggings and leotards the designer said were inspired by rhythmic gymnastics. But the vivid colors, warped prints and unusual materials (embossed vinyl upholstery fabric, being one) were all Schloss' vision. “I told her that's my favorite thing,” West said when asked about the materials, which extended to over-the-knee slime boots dipped in goo-green Latex. Maisie Schloss and models in her designs. Chelsea Lauren/WWD/Shutterstock The static presentation had models standing in front of the “futuristic goth fantasy” paintings of Chicago artist Paul Heyer, which were the perfect foil for the designer's techno-feminine clothes, including a slip-dress in a dynamic-looking orange and teal flameFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Could Kanye West be fashion's next star-maker? On Wednesday night at the Night Gallery in L.A.'s uber-cool Arts District, he looked at ease in the role during the debut presentation of Maisie Wilen, an artful-yet-wearable collection by his former Yeezy women's wear designer. Created by Parsons grad and Chicago native Maisie Schloss, it's the first project that West is supporting as part of a new plan to incubate young fashion talent. And while he declined interviews, he spent nearly two hours at the low-key, friends-and-family event, stopping to shake hands and chat. Schloss' promising debut exhibited Yeezy DNA in its body-conscious silhouettes, including leggings and leotards the designer said were inspired by rhythmic gymnastics. But the vivid colors, warped prints and unusual materials (embossed vinyl upholstery fabric, being one) were all Schloss' vision. “I told her that's my favorite thing,” West said when asked about the materials, which extended to over-the-knee slime boots dipped in goo-green Latex. Maisie Schloss and models in her designs. Chelsea Lauren/WWD/Shutterstock The static presentation had models standing in front of the “futuristic goth fantasy” paintings of Chicago artist Paul Heyer, which were the perfect foil for the designer's techno-feminine clothes, including a slip-dress in a dynamic-looking orange and teal flameFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
ROCK ON: Gucci on Thursday provided details on its most recent restoration project, revealed in March. The Italian luxury goods company will contribute 1.6 million euros over two years to the restoration and conservation of Rome's Belvedere Garden at Villa Tarpea, and reorganization of the green area landscape located on the tufa rock of the Capitoline Hill. The project is called “Rupe Tarpea, Between Legend and Future,” aimed at the restoration, preservation and improvement of the Tarpeian Rock in Rome, a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Roman Forum. Up to the first century A.D., traitors were sentenced to death and thrown off the cliff. Today the cliff, made mainly of tufa, is a unique natural space. Gucci's resort show was held nearby, at the Capitoline Museums, on May 28. “Being able to make a civil contribution to the eternal city, the birthplace of our creative director [Alessandro Michele] and which also houses our design office is an immense honor for me,” said Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci. “Alessandro and the contemporaneity of Gucci are in constant daily dialogue with the ancient world. It is an endless conversation because every day weFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
ROCK ON: Gucci on Thursday provided details on its most recent restoration project, revealed in March. The Italian luxury goods company will contribute 1.6 million euros over two years to the restoration and conservation of Rome's Belvedere Garden at Villa Tarpea, and reorganization of the green area landscape located on the tufa rock of the Capitoline Hill. The project is called “Rupe Tarpea, Between Legend and Future,” aimed at the restoration, preservation and improvement of the Tarpeian Rock in Rome, a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Roman Forum. Up to the first century A.D., traitors were sentenced to death and thrown off the cliff. Today the cliff, made mainly of tufa, is a unique natural space. Gucci's resort show was held nearby, at the Capitoline Museums, on May 28. “Being able to make a civil contribution to the eternal city, the birthplace of our creative director [Alessandro Michele] and which also houses our design office is an immense honor for me,” said Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci. “Alessandro and the contemporaneity of Gucci are in constant daily dialogue with the ancient world. It is an endless conversation because every day weFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
ROCK ON: Gucci on Thursday provided details on its most recent restoration project, revealed in March. The Italian luxury goods company will contribute 1.6 million euros over two years to the restoration and conservation of Rome's Belvedere Garden at Villa Tarpea, and reorganization of the green area landscape located on the tufa rock of the Capitoline Hill. The project is called “Rupe Tarpea, Between Legend and Future,” aimed at the restoration, preservation and improvement of the Tarpeian Rock in Rome, a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill, overlooking the Roman Forum. Up to the first century A.D., traitors were sentenced to death and thrown off the cliff. Today the cliff, made mainly of tufa, is a unique natural space. Gucci's resort show was held nearby, at the Capitoline Museums, on May 28. “Being able to make a civil contribution to the eternal city, the birthplace of our creative director [Alessandro Michele] and which also houses our design office is an immense honor for me,” said Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci. “Alessandro and the contemporaneity of Gucci are in constant daily dialogue with the ancient world. It is an endless conversation because every day weFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Amy Sport, a petite sportswear label, said it has received a capital injection. The investment by Patricia Grundhofer was for an undisclosed sum and also places Grundhofer in the position of executive vice president of business development for the Palm Desert, Calif.-based brand. Amy Lipton, president, chief executive officer and founder of the business and its parent company Spitfire Petite Inc., remains the company's sole owner. Lipton said the new money will be funneled into several business objectives, including online advertising, more hiring in the company's sales force in a bid to expand into new markets and product development. Amy Sport is targeted to women 5'6″ or under and is currently sold through its online shop and select retailers, such as pro shops and high-end boutiques online and off. The line is currently in about 35 doors. The company, a little over two years old, notched gains from its first to second year with the new investment expected to continue that momentum, Lipton said. The ceo, who is a former marketing executive at IBM, said she started the business in an effort to offer athletic golfers like herself petite options. “I could never find stylish, well-made clothing to fit my athletic lifestyle,” Lipton said. “Everything requiredFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Amy Sport, a petite sportswear label, said it has received a capital injection. The investment by Patricia Grundhofer was for an undisclosed sum and also places Grundhofer in the position of executive vice president of business development for the Palm Desert, Calif.-based brand. Amy Lipton, president, chief executive officer and founder of the business and its parent company Spitfire Petite Inc., remains the company's sole owner. Lipton said the new money will be funneled into several business objectives, including online advertising, more hiring in the company's sales force in a bid to expand into new markets and product development. Amy Sport is targeted to women 5'6″ or under and is currently sold through its online shop and select retailers, such as pro shops and high-end boutiques online and off. The line is currently in about 35 doors. The company, a little over two years old, notched gains from its first to second year with the new investment expected to continue that momentum, Lipton said. The ceo, who is a former marketing executive at IBM, said she started the business in an effort to offer athletic golfers like herself petite options. “I could never find stylish, well-made clothing to fit my athletic lifestyle,” Lipton said. “Everything requiredFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
It was a Calvin Klein reunion of sorts Thursday night, when Barry Schwartz, co-founder and former chairman of Calvin Klein Inc., and his wife Sheryl were honored at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The Schwartzes donated to the Museum at FIT three sample coats that launched the Calvin Klein Inc. business in 1968. In addition, the Schwartzes have established a scholarship fund at FIT in their name, which will provide full tuition support to a student in financial need through all four years of their undergraduate studies at FIT. Two of the original wool coats (a pale teal double-breasted version and a brown single-breasted) were launched for fall 1968, and one (a black-belted coat) was launched for the holiday season a few months later. The items, which were on display, had been in the Schwartzes' cedar closet at their farm in Granite Springs, N.Y., where Sheryl has amassed a vast collection of Calvin Klein clothing over the years. The inspiration behind the display came from the facade of the York Hotel, where Klein and Schwartz started the brand in room 613. After months of putting the line together, the label took off after Donald O'Brien, vice president of Bonwit Teller, saw a coatFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
North Sails is taking its fight against disposable plastics a step further by engaging Milan's night owls. The sailmaking specialist is partnering with Worldrise, the nonprofit set up by the brand's ambassador and marine biologist Mariasole Bianco, to enroll a number of the city's nightclubs to go plastic free by the end of 2019. By adhering to the project, called “No Plastic More Fun,” the nightclubs have all pledged to replace disposable plastics with eco-friendly alternatives, including bio-plastic glasses, which are both biodegradable and compostable, and aluminum water bottles, as well as avoiding the use of straws. The initiative will officially kick off on the evening of May 4, renamed “Blue Night: The Sea Stars From Here.” “Plastics don't have to be demonized, instead its use and abuse are critical,” said Elisa Riva, marketing director of North Sails, while unveiling the partnership at Milan's City Aquarium on Friday. “Our roots have been always connected to the sea. We believe it's important to keep networking with public and private institutions and nonprofits to obtain positive results,” she added, recalling how the company has been implementing different initiatives to reach all ages and targets, in this case young adults. “The audience of such a project is made ofFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Shoppers are hot for swimwear right now. And it's not just because summer is coming. Or, because lingerie giant Victoria's Secret recently started selling swimsuits again. Thanks to platforms like Instagram, swimwear has become a year-round business. Sales in the global swimwear category totaled $21.7 billion last year, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. And more lingerie brands are now trying to get a piece of that market, invading swimwear with their own collections of bikinis and one-piece bathing suits. The transition might seem natural for the two categories that share many characteristics. But Cora Harrington, founder of the blog The Lingerie Addict, said it would be easier for companies to sell swimwear than lingerie. “It's hard to convince people that they should be spending more than $25 or $30 on a bra,” said Harrington, author of “In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear and Love Lingerie.” “There doesn't seem to be that same challenge when it comes to swimwear. People are more willing to spend $50 or $100, or even $200 on a swimsuit.” She added that in the U.S. it's also hard to tempt shoppers to drop large amounts of cash on something they can't see, while swimsuits areFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — On the eve of Virginie Viard's debut solo collection at Chanel, the mood at the house is palpably expectant. That Karl Lagerfeld's long-time right-hand woman should feel nervous about stepping into the spotlight is understandable: Over his 36 years at the helm of Chanel, Lagerfeld practically wrote the book on how to revive a dormant luxury house. Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion and president of Chanel SAS, spoke admiringly of the heritage left by the German designer, who died in February at the age of 85. Yet he also underlined the need for Viard to fly with her own wings and bring her touch to the label founded by another woman, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. In an interview the day before the Chanel 2020 cruise show, which was held at the Grand Palais in Paris, Pavlovsky sat down with WWD to talk about life after Karl, the June 20 celebration of his life, digital innovation and how Chanel is coping with the ongoing yellow vests protests in France. WWD: How are you and the team feeling on the eve of Virginie Viard's first solo collection for Chanel? Bruno Pavlovsy: Excited, stressed — but stressed in a good way. We are both in the continuity of allFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Carine Roitfeld, who convinced Karl Lagerfeld to put his face on a T-shirt as part of his landmark 2004 collaboration with H&M, is putting her portrait on knits as part of a new capsule for the late designer's namesake brand. Dubbed Karl According to Carine, the compact collection also features an unexpected color — fuchsia — which Roitfeld blends with her beloved black. “I think this is not totally the Carine people are expecting,” she said. “One of Karl's life rules was to do something people don't expect from you.” That said, she added, “I can see a lot of Karl in the designs. Because I spent so much time with him, it's impossible for me to do anything without thinking of him.” Indeed, the portrait that will appear on sweatshirts and T-shirts — all floppy hair and one raccoon eye — was shot by Lagerfeld himself. The capsule line is slated to arrive in Karl Lagerfeld stores, online and at select specialty retailers in November. The house is keeping the look book under wraps until closer to the release date, but described silhouettes that echo Roitfeld's signature sleek chic: blazers, feminine blouses, corsets and skirts, plus a leopard-print coat and a faux fur inFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
‘Tis a gift to be simple — sometimes. At least when a powerful message underlies the simplicity. That's the premise from which Miuccia Prada worked for the resort collection she showed on Thursday night. Prada returned to Gotham for a second consecutive year, showing the collection at her brand's New York headquarters. “I liked the experience,” she said of the encore. “I like to do the shows in my own spaces. And it's an occasion to keep a link with New York.” In this case, her own space is the brand's Herzog and de Meuron-designed headquarters on West 52nd Street. During a Wednesday afternoon preview, one floor of the sprawling, industrial building flaunted fresh pink paint, plush beige flooring and circuitous seating. The impact of fluorescent pink lights, already fanciful by day, would surely heighten by show time, once night had fallen through the massive west-facing windows overlooking the Hudson River. “It's nice,” Prada said, “an industrial place that becomes just the opposite with pink.” Prada allowed the unusual preview since the show's 8:30 p.m. start would be past deadline for today's Digital Daily [see wwd.com and the Monday, May 6 Digital Daily for the full review]. Like everyone else in the industry, sheFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Knix, the company known for wireless bras and period-proof panties, joins the growing list of lingerie brands moving into the swimwear category. The new assortment of suits, which are available at Knix.com starting Friday, fuses sexy and sporty, cute and utilitarian, low-cut and high-cut, into one collection. “Bathing suits historically have been designed to either look really good or to be super functional,” Joanna Griffiths, founder and chief executive officer of Knix, told WWD. “So we wanted to marry those two things, to create suits that look great and that fit super well.” Knix's new swimwear collection. Courtesy Swimwear was also the number-one item Knix shoppers were requesting in customer surveys. Some women were already wearing Knix products, like the Evolution Bra and matching bottoms, as bathing suits. So Griffiths, a self-proclaimed “swim junkie,” decided that Knix needed a swimwear line of its own. The new collection incorporates one-piece and bikinis with things like built-in bra technology, chlorine-resistant materials and bonded hemlines. That is, with no visible stitching or sewing. The first batch of suits run small through double extra large, up to a size G cup, and come in three colors: black, emerald and coral pink. All pieces retail for under $100Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]