I Hate Running, But These Are 4 Running Shoes I Like — And You Will Too

Working out centers me, it gives a sense of accomplishment and I always feel great leaving the gym. However, I do not enjoy running. It feels more like a chore and I likely wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love pizza so much. What does get me excited to run is a new pair of […]

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Cardi B Dazzles in Ultra-Violet Bodysuit and Glittery Boots at Pre-BET Awards Show

Cardi B rocked her BET Experience performance in Los Angeles last night in a shimmering purple bodysuit complete with matching fingerless opera gloves and ankle boots. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper completed the ultra-violet look with light blue hair, beige fishnets and light pink pointy nails that popped while she held a bejeweled microphone onstage. Cardi […]

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Is Paris Ready for Barry’s Bootcamp?

GET YOUR SWEAT ON: Barry’s Bootcamp is taking over Paris. The 1998-founded gym opened its first location in the French capital on Saturday evening, a 5,800-square-foot space on the Rue Réaumur in the 2nd arrondissement. “Paris is definitely ready for Barry’s,” said chief executive officer Joey Gonzalez, speaking at the bootcamp’s opening cocktail on Saturday […]

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Paul Smith Spring 2020

For his 82nd show, Sir Paul Smith was in his element, focusing on the season’s big message, tailoring, a category he’s religiously stuck by throughout the whole streetwear phenomenon. “I’ve never not done tailoring, every one of my shows has had tailoring in it. I’ve always nudged it in,” the designer said backstage. Here it […]

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James Whiteside Takes the Heat at Thom Browne

FLASH DANCE: James Whiteside certainly loves a challenge: The principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater arrived in Paris at 6 a.m. on Saturday ahead of his smashing performance on Thom Browne’s men’s runway. As soon as the show ended he was headed back to New York for rehearsals for his day job: On Tuesday, […]

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Kenzo Spring 2020

It was a swan song with water at its heart and inspiration from Japan’s female free divers, who scour the ocean floor for shellfish and sunken treasures. Carol Lim and Humberto Leon were bidding a poignant farewell after nearly a decade as creative directors, with dancers moving down the darkened catwalk in slow motion to […]

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UK Weather: Britain To Bask In Heatwave – But Only After Thunderstorms Pass

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Ludovic de Saint Sernin Men’s Spring 2020

There were cock rings, leather briefs, bare torsos and just-visible butt cracks. “He basically makes clothes to have sex in,” whispered a guest at the Ludovic de Saint Sernin spring 2020 show, held on the upper level of the Centre Pompidou museum with a panoramic view of the Parisian skyline that no one was paying […]

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Trendy Women’s Sandals You’ll Want to Wear All Summer Long

Sandal season is officially upon us. Since there are tons of chic styles to choose from, we’ve decided to make your search a little easier by rounding up some of our favorites. From low, strappy options to flatform espadrilles that provide extra height without sacrificing comfort, there’s a look here to fit any style or […]

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Off-White Resort 2020

Virgil Abloh likes to say that his women’s collections for Off-White are inspired by the fashionable young women in his circle — think Gigi Hadid, who closed his Off-White men’s show in Paris this week, and sat front row at Louis Vuitton the following day. So it came as a surprise that the women on […]

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Essex Firefighters Smash Car Window To Rescue Toddler Left In Dangerously Hot Car

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Lanvin Men’s Spring 2020

For Bruno Sialelli’s official men’s wear debut for Lanvin, his playful and youthful collection was full of tongue-in-cheek nods to leisurewear, with the show’s pool venue underscoring the escapist mood. “I think we all need a holiday — I love my job, but holidays are the best moments of our lives,” the designer said backstage. […]

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Liverpool Homophobic Attack: Three Boys Wanted Over ‘Appalling’ Knife Assault On Two Men

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Paris fashion week: Bruno Sialelli channels the seaside in Lanvin debut

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Lanvin Showed a Vast Shoe Collection in an Olympic Sized Swimming Pool & Every Last Pair Was a Winner

He indulged in a spot of paddling last season, but for spring 2020, new Lanvin creative director Bruno Sialelli cast off his water-wings and plunged in at the deep end. Showing around an Olympic-sized swimming pool, across all three stories of Paris’ Pailleron sports center, he unveiled a vast array of summer-ready shoes, and every […]

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Sunday Shows Round-Up: Boris Johnson’s Domestic Row, Brexit, And Labour’s Second Referendum Problem

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Laura Conwell-O’Brien of the Atlanta Shoe Market on Working Women Having Faith in Their Talents and Abilities

Every day in June, FN is showcasing female leaders across the industry for our Women in Power series. For decades, Laura Conwell-O’Brien’s job as the executive director of the Atlanta Shoe Market has been a juggling act, serving the needs of designers, vendors and retailers in the competitive shoe industry. However, one of her biggest […]

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Ben Harper Has Proud Dad Moment at Lanvin

TAKE THE PLUNGE: Given the stifling heat, it was a wonder none of the guests were tempted to dive right in to the historic Pailleron swimming pool, one of Paris’ hidden treasures and the setting for the Lanvin show on Sunday morning. Dressed in a cloth cap and duffle coat, Ben Harper may not have […]

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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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Everyone's doing it. Green was the color of the haute season, in a range of shades from gentle to bold. At Armani Privé, Giorgio Armani worked a largely pastel palette into a lineup of ethereal gowns, including this pale seafoam trio. His goal: to capture “the impression…of a clear water surface reflecting a ray of moonlight or sunlight.” Mission accomplished, and beautifully so. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Changes are brewing at the Fashion Film Festival Milano — and one significant step is that Giorgio Armani will be the president of the jury for the sixth edition of the cultural event. Also, for the first time, the festival won't take place during Milan Fashion Week but is scheduled Nov. 6 to 10 at the Anteo Palazzo Del Cinema theater in the heart of city's Brera district. “Giorgio Armani immediately accepted our invitation with great enthusiasm. He was definitely the first to create a strong link between fashion and cinema and he is also so representative of the city of Milan that we thought he would have been the perfect godfather of the festival's new format,” said Fashion Film Festival Milano founder Constanza Cavalli Etro, who decided to disassociate the festival from the fashion week schedule to bring more attention to the event. The festival, organized with the patronage of Milan's Municipality, will award 17 winners competing in two different categories: Established Talent and New Talent. Headed by Armani, the jury will include photographer Cass Bird; Osklen's founder Oskar Metsavaht; model and human right activist Waris Dirie; Self Service editor in chief Ezra Petronio; actress Cristiana Capotondi; Pirelli HangarBicocca artistic directorFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — Possessing a strong sense of identity — rather than flashing a brand name, logo or pattern — has become a priority among luxury consumers, according to a new, and unconventional, report that opted not to ask consumers the usual quantitative questions about their spending habits. Instead, The Wednesday Report, which will be released today by the eponymous creative agency, looks more at luxury consumers' hearts and souls, and how emotions and a sense of self are impacting consumption today. The report, which was compiled in May, points to a shift in shopping patterns, with consumers prioritizing “Who I am” over “What I have,” and choosing brands to showcase their values. Tammy Smulders, president at Wednesday who put together the report, asked 2,250 international luxury consumers questions such as, “What is the best compliment you can receive?” The most popular answer was “unique,” the second was “tastemaker” and the third, “caring.” In an interview Smulders, a former president at Vice Media and global managing director at LuxHub, said she and the agency Wednesday wanted to look at the new macro-influences on consumption, get under the skin of a variety of luxury consumers, and figure out how people's priorities were evolving. Their sample was anFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Sequential Brands, which has owned Caribbean Joe, the island lifestyle brand since 2013, is making waves again. Sequential has signed several partnerships for the laid-back lifestyle brand in categories such as women's and men's sportswear, fragrance, kids' swimwear, women's pajamas and loungewear. As part of the relaunch, it has signed a new partnership with The Levy Group for women's and men's sportswear. In addition, it has forged deals with Dreamwave for women's pajamas and loungewear as well as kids' swimwear, and a fragrance partnership with Bellevue Brands. “This relaunch is the culmination of work we've done to refresh the iconic Caribbean Joe brand with a more modern sensibility while not losing its accessible, laid-back attitude that consumers love,” said Karen Castellano, president of Sequential Brands Group's fashion division. “We've elevated our partners across several new categories and now have one cohesive design and print strategy across the brand.” Donald Levy, chief executive officer of The Levy Group, said he is looking forward to introducing the casual lifestyle products to its key retail partners. The men's Caribbean Joe sportswear will be introduced at retail this summer, and the women's sportswear will launch in spring 2020. Loungewear (by Dreamwave) will be introduced this fall. Spanning a rangeFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LOS ANGELES — Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. threw open the doors to its Jeans Innovation Center in Gardena, Calif. Monday and Tuesday for reporters from around the world to learn about the company's greener denim efforts amid a continued push throughout the region for more sustainable denim production. Fast Retailing and J Brand linked for a major press event to highlight the company's various sustainability techniques developed at the Gardena center. Those efforts shown to reporters included use of lasers to create whiskered and vintage effects on denim replacing the use of chemicals, a water recycling system that's reduced water usage by more than 90 percent and nano-bubble spray wash that cuts water use by as much as 99 percent. Media — totaling some 70 reporters from 17 markets throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and the U.S. — then traveled to the offices of J Brand in downtown Los Angeles for a look at the sustainable elements in the line's fall collection. “The goal [of the Jeans Innovation Center] is of course we want to develop the best jeans, but it's difficult,” said Jeans Innovation Center chief operating officer Masaaki Matsubara. “We want to [offer] always [the] best jeans, designing or development. And [fromFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Resort, the season that sits on the sales floor — and editorial calendar — the longest, is usually one full of “takeaway, holiday and updated bestsellers.” Practical clothing, if you will. Yet this season had some exciting, interesting standouts. Here, a look at WWD's top nine fashion trends from the resort runway season. BABYDOLL: These more playful, cocktail dress alternatives are a more casual update from spring's “cocktail shakers.” BOWS: Bows — built in to every evening look from Chanel and Erdem to Givenchy — offer girly touches to womanly looks. ECCENTRIC: The most unexpected, and fun, trend of the season? Eccentricity! What does it mean? Main ingredient is “campy fashion” as seen here by Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Valentino. JUMPSUITS: Not just a boiler suit; resort's jumpsuits are more sophisticated, mixing elevated fabrics with sleek utilitarian details. MAGENTA: The season's boldest color! PLEATED DRESSES: Pleats galore! Frocks came sequined, diaphanous and offbeat for resort. POLKA DOTS: Resort's print of the season: polka dots. They're young, they're graphic and they're almost exclusively in black-and-white. TRENCHCOATS: Trenches also dipped their toes into the eccentric resort pool by experimenting with color, patchworking and graphic details. ZEBRA: Move over leopard, zebra is the animal print of choice for the resort season. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — While many midmarket fashion brands continue to struggle, high-end labels and the “slow fashion” movement are bucking this trend and driving growth, according to weavers, tanners and accessory manufacturers at the recent Blossom Première Vision trade show here, which targets the pre-collections market and is for many brands the starting point for their fabric research, in this instance for fall 2020. Traffic at the seventh edition of the show, held July 3 and 4 at the Carreau du Temple in the upper Marais, grew 3.5 percent to 1,311 attendees, with some 81 percent of visitors hailing from France. Exhibitor numbers grew 6 percent to 119. “The era where people wanted fast and flirty fashion is over, there is a return to quality cloth,” said Laurent Garrigue, owner of the U.K. mill of the same name. “The rich segment of the market has become exceptionally good worldwide, and there is a need for more exceptional fabrics because they have to differentiate,” he added, saying the firm has seen an uptick in demand as the weak British pound makes his pure wool products more competitive. Rather than focusing on trends, exhibitors at the show were highlighting their latest developments, with innovations in sustainability especiallyFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Haute couture is fashion's most grand subgenre — the most extravagant, demonstrative, luxurious, sky's-the-limit world in which all is possible. It's also fashion's most intimate arena, every dress built, every flower crafted, every embroidery executed first for the runway, and then for one individual client, by highly skilled artisans who take deep pride in and feel personal ownership of their work. That juxtaposition at the heart of couture felt in particularly high relief this season as, for whatever reasons, designers chose to manifest the intimacy in quite specific ways. It made for a strong and often poignant season. There was no question that this fall season would feel different — the first one since forever without Karl Lagerfeld at the helm at Chanel. For as long as almost everyone in the audience has been attending couture, Lagerfeld's Chanel was an essential anchor. For some of us, his show followed a revered ritual, the “Chanel preview,” during which Lagerfeld would multitask brilliantly, hosting and gossiping, offering iPad peeks at his set and deflecting collection-specific queries to Amanda Harlech while simultaneously conducting fittings, signing off on the final touches of each look — hat or no hat, the length of a glove, theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Thinx, the period panties company that launched in 2011, started off by making a big mark on the menstrual cycle industry. The idea was simple: panties that women can bleed right into, eliminating the need to buy disposable sanitary pads and therefore creating less waste. The idea proved to be popular. In its sixth year, Thinx had nearly $40 million in revenues. Executives said sales at the start-up were even higher last year, as the company continues to raise venture capital money, still clearly in growth mode. The private company, which started with just three people, has also grown to include 67 employees, and has plans to grow to around 80 by the end of 2019. People are talking about periods. But it wasn't always this way. Monthly menstrual cycles first became a topic of water cooler conversations back in 2015 after images of juicy grapefruits and dripping egg yolks adjacent to women donning little more than Thinx panties showed up on subway platforms in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. (The Manhattan Transit Authority initially deemed the images too sexy. But after some public pushback, the ads were allowed to run in New York, sparking a conversation aboutFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
LONDON — On Tuesday Woolmark will reveal the names of the 16 men and women on its latest advisory council responsible for picking the finalists for the International Woolmark Prize, with the winner set to be revealed in early 2020. Woolmark said the 2019-20 edition of the international prize attracted more than 300 applicants from across the world, and the 10 finalists will be revealed in October. This year's council includes designer Manish Arora; Christine Arp, editor in chief of Vogue Germany; Floriane de Saint Pierre; Livia Firth, cofounder and creative director of Eco-Age; Nelson Mui, merchandising director, fashion, Lane Crawford; Chizuru Muko, editor in chief, WWD Japan, and Christine Centenera, fashion director, Vogue Australia, and cofounder of Wardrobe.NYC. Now in its eighth year, the International Woolmark Prize has a network of more than 400 designers and industry members, and this year attracted submissions from nearly 50 countries, from France, England, the U.S., Italy and Australia, according to Woolmark. For the first time, designers from Peru, Ecuador, Hungry and Armenia have applied to take part. Fabien Montique, the director and photographer who is a member of the latest advisory council, said he hoped “new and diverse brands from all over the world will emergeFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
“The sustainable journey has one key asset: the people,” Ercole Botto Poala, chief executive officer of Reda Group, told WWD. The executive was referring to the employees of the Biella, Italy-based woolen mill who are constantly adapting to tune in with the company's sustainable goals. Coinciding with the first day of Milan's textile trade show Milano Unica, running until July 11, the firm will today [July 9] unveil its latest ad campaign, which portrays some of the mill's employees, their faces superimposed on images of the Alps and of the territory in the Piedmont region where the textile firm was established in 1865. Botto Poala described the Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander as an artist, and asked him to shoot the campaign flanked by the catchphrase “Your Future is Our Present” and accompanied by the dedicated #redapeople hashtag. “I believe every decision we make for a sustainable future is important, no matter the size of it, or who you are. What matters is to acknowledge it, take a side and stand for it. I hope that through these artworks we can remind ourselves that we are Nature,” explained Relander. The campaign is conceived as a celebration of the efforts the company has made toward aFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Williamsburg, Dalston, the Marais…L.A.'s Arts District. The neighborhood that's attracted Dover Street Market, Warner Music Group, and soon a Soho House has a street fashion aesthetic all its own, at least according to the designer of a new label to watch, Perfect Number, headquartered on Traction Avenue not far from Amiri, Fear of God and other rising, made-in-L.A. brands. “There is an easiness to the way people dress, they are not trying to fit into the social norms like in other parts of L.A…it's slightly utilitarian and functional but making an effort,” said designer Nicola Morgan, previously at Givenchy, Lanvin, and Mugler in Paris, of her inspiration for the women's direct-to-consumer brand. Downtown grit mixed with L.A. glam, Perfect Number is comprised of functional pieces with feminine polish, sport and military touches. Available now, a relaxed-fit blazer has utility strap details and removable patch pockets inspired by tactical vests. Boxer shorts, slip dresses and turtlenecks with open sleeves are rendered in lipstick red or blush sequins. A nude deconstructed tulle sweatshirt is cinched at the waist with a toggle cord lock, and styled over a matching Lycra unitard for an elevated sport look. An oversize parka in glossy red PVC adds aFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — After five years, Andrea Incontri is exiting Tod's and leaving his role as men's wear creative director of the brand. His last day is June 30. Incontri said Tod's had been “a school and an important experience in [his] development,” thanking chairman and chief executive officer Diego Della Valle and his brother Andrea for their “support and enthusiasm.” In turn, Diego Della Valle emphasized Incontri's contribution over the years. An architecture graduate from the Politecnico di Milano, Incontri, who launched his namesake brand in 2009, won the men's edition of the “Who Is on Next?” talent search in 2010 in the accessories category. The designer quickly extended his label to men's wear, delivering collections with a strong attention to detail and use of high-end materials.
 In 2012, Incontri added a women's collection, which made its debut as part of the Italian Fashion Chamber's official fashion week schedule in February 2013. Tod's last Sunday presented its men's spring 2020 collection at Milan's Villa Necchi Campiglio developed around the theme of driving, which is also part of the brand's heritage. Sources speculated then an exit could be imminent because Incontri was not as actively present during the presentation as he had been inFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
When Christian Louboutin was growing up in Paris, heels were not allowed at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, an Art Deco gem dedicated to African and Asian arts. Sweet revenge comes in February 2020, when the museum, whose partial restoration was funded by the luxury shoemaker, will house an exhibition devoted to Louboutin's creativity and his diverse aesthetic passions. “It's an open window to my brain,” was how Louboutin summed up the vast showcase, where more than 200 pairs of shoes will be sprinkled among an eclectic mix of art works, furnishings, installations, performance pieces and some fashion items, including crosses and crowns. “The heel is back in the museum in full force, only it's not only an exhibition of high heels. We have flat shoes, too.” The delicate mosaics and parquet floors are what compelled the museum to ban spindly footwear back in the day. And its ornamental splendor is what sparked Louboutin's passion for decorative arts, which would become a key source of inspiration for the future designer. In an interview on Thursday, Louboutin recalled being awed by the tall doors sheltering one of the museum's sumptuous salons, its door handles made of jutting horns that evoked the wonder of Africa.Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
PARIS — Time waits for no man — especially not guests at the Dior men's show. A teaser image on Instagram for Friday's display by Kim Jones, to be held at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, features an eroded wall clock with rapidly spinning hands, dropping a major hint about the artist he has chosen to collaborate with this season: Daniel Arsham. Known for his immersive exhibitions featuring objects that look like they have been salvaged from the past — a concept he has dubbed “fictional archeology” — and for his collaborations with brands like Adidas, Arsham designed the set for the show and also worked on the collection itself. Guests arriving at the venue will walk through a room inspired by founder Christian Dior's office, dotted with the kind of petrified objects that Arsham refers to as future relics. “It's not based on any one particular space. It's kind of an amalgamation of the studio in Paris, his house in the south of France, and then detailed photos of a particular image of him on the phone, making drawings or writing notes at his desk,” the artist told WWD. “We kind of pulled out these different elements, and a couple of theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
SAN BONIFACIO, Verona — Around 100 rare pieces of vintage denim were showcased inside a minimal space adjacent to the premises of garment-maker and laundry company Elleti Group in San Bonifacio, a small town on the outskirts of Verona. On Wednesday night, the company founded in 1982 unveiled M.O.D.E., or Museum of Denim Elleti Group, gathering a range of denim industry heavyweights to celebrate the opening. Dating as far back as the mid-18th century, denim garments on show were distressed, worn-out and damaged while retaining their silhouettes and bearing the signs of time, as well as the history of their wearer. For instance, a Forties baggy style was splashed with the “PW” lettering, which stood for “prisoner of war,” as the pants once belonged to a World War II prisoner. In addition to a number of styles from Levi's, Lee and Wrangler, which make up the majority of Elleti Group's collection, smaller brands — some of which are no longer in business — were also represented. They include Los Angeles' Stronghold, J.C. Penney-owned Big Mac, San Francisco-based Boss of the Road, as well as Japanese firms. “The museum is a tribute to jeans through a hundred garments we collected over the years with theFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
MILAN — Street, sportswear and — most importantly — sustainability. These were the topics that the three-day White Milano trade show organizers aimed to spotlight during the June edition of the WSM contemporary ready-to-wear and accessories fair, which closed June 17 here. In a functional marketing move, the “s” in the revamped moniker, previously White Street Market, applies to all three topics. The subjects were showcased in different ways. “Our challenge is to inject culture in what we do, we're not aiming to necessarily expand the number of exhibiting brands,” said Massimiliano Bizzi, White Milano's founder and president. Bizzi reiterated that his aim is to “give fashion the same traction that Milan's Design Week has achieved.” WSM hosted around 60 brands, in line with the January edition. The fair's mandate is reflected in the changed format, teased in June last year and officially debuted last January, which combines the business-to-business and business-to-consumer platforms, allowing final customers to attend the trade show and buy fashion pieces, while also offering experiences and events. This season White Milano didn't disclose figures on the number of visitors, but was pleased with the attendance of premium stores, including Barneys New York Japan; Tokyo-based Isetan; Hong Kong's The Swank Shop; CntrbndFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
GIORGIO'S KIDS: The Giorgio Armani Group has made its debut at Pitti Bimbo, Florence's three-day international trade show kicking off today, dedicated to children's wear, with its Emporio Armani Junior line. Established in 1982, the label, formerly known as Armani Junior, went through a re-branding phase following the reorganization of the group's portfolio, which comprises the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and A|X Armani Exchange lines. Armani Junior was never showcased at Pitti Bimbo. In keeping with the re-branding strategy, Emporio Armani Junior, which dresses boys and girls aged 0-16, debuted at Pitti Bimbo a collection that reflects the same contemporary, urban and effortless chic aesthetic of the Emporio Amani main line. Channeling the “mini-me” trend, the brand's iconic blazers, suits and dresses, as well as the graphic prints, were reproportioned and revamped to meet the needs of the youngest generations of Emporio Armani's fans. Along with a range of more daily pieces, the collection also includes formal attire for special occasions, as well colorful swimwear. Earlier this month, the Giorgio Armani Group chose another fair organized by Pitti Immagine, men's wear trade show Pitti Uomo, to celebrate the relaunch of its A|X Armani Exchange contemporary brand. Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
Could San Francisco become a fashion capital? It's not a media hub like New York or a manufacturing center like L.A., but it is a hotbed of fashion disruptors following historic blue jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. and casual Friday pioneer Gap in changing the way people dress and shop. What sets many of San Francisco's fashion brands apart is that they are direct-to-consumer, mission-driven and digitally enabled from inception to tackle industry challenges, including sizing and transparency. Many are also led by female chief executive officers or creative directors designing into a polished, functional aesthetic that's resonating in this new feminist era. Now that these start-ups are coming of age (and setting $1 billion-plus public offerings), they are attracting more talent, including designers, stylists and editorial directors, and a new creative class is starting to emerge in San Francisco. Everlane has ambitions to be the next Gap, only with a transparent supply chain. ThirdLove, the size-inclusive, female-first lingerie maker, is taking on Victoria's Secret. Cuyana is selling attainable luxury ready-to-wear and leather goods with the mantra “fewer, better things.” Meanwhile, fashion-tech brands Stitch Fix and online resale giant The RealReal are reshaping the shopping experience. “We're not a fashion-forward city, but that's OK.Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.Read More... [...]
A retail veteran with more than a decade's experience in merchandising at the Gap, Erin Lowenberg, like many working in fashion in San Francisco, felt the pull of start-up culture, and the value of sustainability when she joined Rothy's shoes three years ago. “I started when they turned the lights on,” Lowenberg said during a visit to her creative den in the basement of the footwear brand's 60-person headquarters in the Jackson Square design district. “I come from Gap Inc., I cut my teeth there in the mid-Nineties. The leadership I was able to be around, and what I was able to listen and learn…but big retail is painful, I still think about all the T-shirts I bought. But knowing what we know now, it's been fascinating to watch Roth and Stephen and to bring what I know about the mass market together with the joy of sorting colors,” she said of her job, directing design for the brand launched in 2015, which has used more than 30 million recycled plastic bottles to date to make its machine-knit, washable footwear, crossing the $140 million sales mark with five new stores planned this fall. “When I first took a job as a merchantFollow 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... [...]
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... [...]